Since I've been part of this challenge, I have been doing a lot of thinking about many different areas in my life, diet and otherwise. I have been thinking about some of the reasons my life is the way it is. I think that some of the chaos in my life has contributed to some of my diet issues. I have been learning that my lack of organization and my lack of planning has contributed to my poor diet in the past as well as my poor diet choices presently. My chaotic home has played a part in this too. For the last 5 1/2 years or so, I think I've been living life moment to moment in survival mode. About six years ago, I graduated from graduate school, moved, sold a house, got married, got pregnant, went on bed rest for blood pressure issues for six weeks, delivered a healthy baby and remained on blood pressure medication; three months later, I found out I was pregnant; two months later I found out I was having twins, went on bed rest for three months for potential pre-term labor, gave birth to twins 5 weeks early, and twins ended up back in the NICU for 3 weeks when they were just 2 1/2 weeks old. Once they came home from the NICU, I had 6 week old twins and a one year old. That great big long sentence was to explain partially why I have been in survival mode. I have been at home with an older son and twins 10 1/2 months younger as well as working part time.
Life is a little less complicated now. My older son is in kindergarten
(in the SPED program for Autism) and the twins are now 4 1/2. They are
able to do a lot more for themselves. I don't have to do everything.
It's time to stop living in survival mode and start living a normal
life that is not completely crazy. Believe me, life is still crazy and
life isn't easy, but it's time to start pulling it together and start
figuring out how to get organized and stop this chaos.
I have started getting somewhat organized in different aspects of my
life. I started meal planning again. I don't always follow it, but at
least it's a start. I have cleaned off my kitchen table and it has
pretty much been clear for almost a week. I have kept my craft supplies
organized for much longer than I expected. I still need to work on
cleaning my room and getting a place for everything and keeping it in
it's place. I think that getting more organized in life is going to
help me make the diet changes stick longer than just the challenge.
One of the other things that this challenge has brought back up is my
desire to change careers. Before I went back to grad school, I thought
about going back to school for nutrition. I never did it because I
never wanted to do a nutrition degree that was more medical based versus
a more holistic base. I am learning that there are programs out there
that are more holistic based. I have been in more medical model of
social work for my whole career. I want to work in a more holistic
environment and a more community based organization than a nursing home
or a hospital. I have decided to look more into a holistic based
nutrition program. the best part is I feel like my social work
background will benefit me if I am able to do a holistic based nutrition