Bedrest is still the shits. No lie. I am so done. But I’m not done. I don’t get to be done until the baby comes. So, how do I make the most of this situation?
I have talked a lot about motivation this month. Because keeping a positive mindset is crucial to getting through tough periods of your life. In my experience, once you go down the dark path, it is that much more difficult to get positive again. And if you aren’t positive, then the whole experience can break you.
I will not be broken by the difficult events of the last 6 months. We have been through a lot; a terminal cancer diagnosis of a family member, a huge financial hit, mold in our house and the accompanying renovations, and of course, terrifying pregnancy complications and bedrest. It seems like we keep taking hits. But I have a family to take care of (in whatever small ways that I can) and I just flat out don’t have the luxury of a break down.
So here are the ways I am staying motivated on bedrest. They might surprise you so make sure you watch and check them out.
Anyone else on bedrest? How did you get through? I would love to hear your comments and thoughts!
So, for about 6 weeks now, I have been on bedrest. Baby and I are healthy and fine but she is sitting low and there is a risk of her coming too early so we are working against gravity.
I am not going to lie. Bedrest SUCKS.
I am never going to get used to this. It has been super hard and a huge mental challenge. And with mental challenges come emotional eating… With my husband literally doing everything, there is little time for cooking healthy meals and pizza and Kraft dinner have been showing up on the menu weekly.
However, I have found that there are a few things you can do on bedrest to help you stay healthy with your feet up.
Have any of you had to be on bedrest or suffering from an injury that laid you up? How did you get through it? Did you have some tips on keeping you healthy during your time on the couch? Comment below and give me some motivation to keep going!
OK, so I talk a lot about clean eating but what the eff does that mean anyways?
Welp, honestly, it means something different to everybody. But by and large, it means eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods with no, or as little chemicals, additives and preservatives as possible. Basically, it means a lot of fresh proteins, fruits and veggies.
But eating clean can be overwhelming for some people. It seems like there is a lot of work, prep and expense involved. But really, there isn’t. With a few simple tweaks and some planning, you can life hack your lifestyle to be clean, fit and healthy.
Watch below for 12 simple life hacks to eating clean.
OK, Babes. Heads up. Not everyone is going to like this post. In fact, I kind of expect to get some hate on it. But we really need to talk about some things.
Here’s the deal; in the last 2 years there has been a movement on social media about being accepting of every body type. It is called the Body Positive Movement. Don’t know what it is? Here is a video from Everyday Feminism explaining it:
I love this video for a number of reasons.
It identifies the Body Positivity movement to include all bodies of every race and gender identification, not just size.
It is shows that the movement is about self-love.
It points out that health is not based on exterior qualities.
OK, great. So, what’s my problem then? I love the movement and what it stands for. What I don’t love is how some people are interpreting it.**
I have seen people take this movement SO out of context and use it as an excuse to NOT be healthy.
Before you get all up in arms, read on…. I am a plus size fitness coach. I am not perfect. I am overweight. I have issues with food and exercise and stress and like, life in general. BUT I work on my HEALTH every. damn. day. of my life. I am talking both physical and mental.
Trust me, I know someone else’s health is none of my damn business. I get that. You do you. I do me. We all live with the consequences of our choices. However, some people** are using plus size acceptance and body positivity to justify unbalanced dietary habits, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Because if loving yourself and others regardless of what you look like is OK, then who cares if I’m overweight, not active or unhealthy, right?
SO FUCKING WRONG.
Health can’t be measured solely by someone’s exterior physicalities. But sometimes it is a symptom. You should love your body no matter what you look like. YES! Abso-fucking-lutely. But you should also love it enough to take care of it with some sort of activity and a balanced diet. Plus sized bodies aren’t all unhealthy. TRUE! But carrying too much extra weight has been proven to be detrimental to your health (and only you and your doctor can determine that).
For the record, I don’t think everyone in the body positivity movement is doing this. Most of them actually aren’t. But for those that are, it pains me that they are only using vain characteristics, like weight and size as reasons why you should care about your health.
HEALTH IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN WEIGHT & SIZE.
It’s about how you feel and move, what your insides are doing, how you are sleeping, how much stress you have in your life and like a zillion and a half other things. Health is about your body and mind and what is going on behind the scenes.
People seem to assume that you have to either love your body and not want to change it or hate your body and diet and exercise all the time.
This is complete bullshit.
I love my body. I like the way it looks (most of the time), I like how I feel, and am happy with my current activity level. But I also want to change it. I want to be carrying less extra weight (I don’t need to be thin, but it would be easier on my joints and organs), I want to reduce the risks of chronic illness, I want to be stronger and have more endurance. I want less anxiety and to sleep better and for my skin to have the flawless magical qualities of a mermaid.
Not all of these things are going to happen the way I want them to. Some of them might never happen (I have yet to figure out how to actually be a mermaid). But that doesn’t mean I won’t strive to make myself better every single day of my life. Even though I love me and even though I am loved for exactly who I am, does not mean that I can’t grow and try to be a better version of myself.
I’m not saying work out 6 days a week and eat like a paleo vegan. I am saying to stop, listen to your body, hear what it’s telling you and love the shit out of it.
It doesn’t matter how hot you are, how much money you have or how many people like you. The most valuable commodity you have to invest in is your body and your health because it’s really the only thing that will stand by you through thick and thin. Literally.
What are your thoughts on the body positive movement? Yay or nay? Do you think it’s being abused?
Lots of love on this one.
**NOTE: I’m saying some people. I’m not saying all people. In truth, the majority of people speaking for this movement seem to be very health conscious. But there is a small subgroup that is giving this movement a bad name. I’m talking about them.