Oy! I NEVER get sick. I mean, NEVER.
I think part of it is because I take such great care of my body – eating clean, working out, getting lots of sleep, and drinking Shakeology. Additionally, unless I have a shoot or a rare social engagement, I spend a lot of time at home, where there really aren’t a ton of germs to contend with. Tommy works in the medical field as a physical therapist, so I’m sure that he brings home enough to keep my immune system at least a little on its toes, but other than that, I think I am pretty safe from germs!
But one part that I lack in the wellness department is trying to stay stress-free. I think that’s part of the nature of the beast of being self-employed, and part of being a little bit tightly wound mentally to begin with. And that, I think, is part of where my problems lie.
I just got back from a pretty crazy trip to the Bay Area, and while I ate pretty well and got a few workouts in, I definitely didn’t sleep as well many of the nights, and was DEFINITELY exposed to a lot more people (aka a lot more germs). Additionally, I was pretty stressed out.
I also ate a lot of crazy things in trying a lot of Filipino cuisine, but that’s for another blog!
Anyway, the evening we got back to Chicago, we went to a Mexican restaurant and I got dinner, and then we watched the SNL 40 year anniversary, and while we were watching it, my stomach started feeling upset. This led to me being in bed about 20 hours per day the next FOUR days!
Although I did spend a large portion of that time sleeping, I also had quite a bit of time to reflect, and here’s a little bit of what I came up with.
I think everything happens for a reason, and I think this time, the reason was to remind me this:
What could I possibly be stressed about?
Money. Change. More on that soon. 😉
But when I think about it, I have absolutely no reason to be stressed. In fact, I have no right to.
Tommy kept saying over the course of the four days “I have never seen you like this!” or “Now I get to take care of you instead of the other day around,” and he was an amazing caretaker.
Take last night for example. I was starting to feel better, and was ready to eat something more substantial. Now one thing you must know about us is that even though Tommy has a degree in Exercise Physiology (and is still very active and into fitness), his passion is nutrition. And even though I got the ball rolling on our journey into nutrition because of a grad class I took with a sustainability focus that shone light on crazy farming issues, my passion is fitness! So the foods I wanted were not what my body needed. I gave Tommy a list of what I wanted, and he literally went to four different stores/restaurants to give me the healthiest options possible that would make me happy.
I am so blessed to have Tommy in my life – whether he’s taking care of me because I’m sick, or every other day! That’s us last week with Alcatraz behind me. It was freezing out – only like 55 degrees (it’s 7 degrees in Milwaukee now, glad I am not leaving the house)!
Another creature that I have been blessed with while sick is my Refugio. He has almost never left my side since I have been home, even following me to the bathroom. He is sitting on my lap now! Here’s a picture of the cutie last night, sitting on my shoulder and chest because I was blocking my abdomen, because it hurt to have him sit there (he’s heavy)!
Don’t mind how awful I look – it was day 3 of 4 days of sickness!
I am also so grateful for my mom. She answered a call for help with no questions asked and has been amazing lately, cracking me up with hilarious emojis and facebook “stickers.”
My Beachbody team has been amazing – those nearby offering to bring me food or anything I need (thanks, Kristin!), or picking up my slack in challenge groups, or praying for me.
I know that there have also been tons of people on facebook wishing me well, or giving me reasons to laugh or smile every day, and I am so grateful for that support, too!
I am already feeling better physically, and even moreso mentally, but I have to say that we could all probably use a little more vitamin G in our lives. So that’s what I choose to focus on today, for the rest of the month, and moving forward. It certainly can’t hurt!
Well, I think I have written about double what I planned, and still haven’t scratched the surface. I think this illness was a message from God saying “Mandie, stop being stupid. You’re healthy, you have an amazing network of family and friends, and all your needs are met. Stop worrying about stupid stuff – you are and will continue to be more than okay.”
Message heard loud and clear!
P.S. What are you grateful for? How do you keep it at the forefront of your mind, instead of worries?
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