Story Time with Susie – Learning the hard way not to take my health for granted

I sat there next to my toilet on the bathroom floor thinking, “how could I let this happen again?” I knew better, but I let myself fall into old habits which led me to this low place, yet again.

Let me explain.

This time last year I started experiencing pain in my stomach. It was a nagging, burning sensation that left me feeling nauseous more times than not. Without getting too graphic explaining the symptoms, it was discovered that I had inflammation in the lining of my stomach which was causing the pain that then led to vomiting on a regular basis. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty horrible. But once I knew what the issue was, I could do something about it. I could take control.

I know what foods lead to inflammation in my body, so I started minimizing and cutting them out of my diet. I eventually started feeling more like myself again! So of course, I felt like I could start eating what I really wanted again, aka, a whole lot of ice cream. Unfortunately, my body reminded me that my food choices came with consequences.
Long story short, for the past year, I’ve been on this roller coaster like cycle of experiencing the symptoms of the inflammation of my stomach back to feeling healthy and around and around again. I’ve been on this roundabout at least five times since last year. It was clear I was taking my health for granted. Every time I felt okay, I would eat whatever I wanted.

But recently, I came to my breaking point. The pain was just too much, so I made the decision that I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that I don’t have to go through that again. The key word here is that I made a decision. When you decide that you’re going to do something, that’s it. No negotiations. Before I was allowing for myself to float back and forth and cross the line of playing with my health.

I’ve now made the necessary changes to my diet to remove the inflammatory foods that are not good for me. And I share all this with you to simply serve as a reminder: do not take your health for granted. It can be so easy to do that when you’re feeling good and well. As I mentioned, that’s exactly what I did. I made decisions to eat things that I knew weren’t good for me simply because I felt okay. But I know for myself that I don’t want to wait until I’m severely ill to take my health seriously.

So I want to challenge you. What is one step you can take today that will lead towards a healthier you, or at the very least maintaining the health you have now? Maybe it’s going for a walk, or having some eggs for breakfast instead of that chocolate chip muffin. Just one thing that points you in the direction of health. I challenge you to pick that one thing, and commit to that for the next month. I know you can do it. I will be right here with you continuing on my own health journey, trying to make sure I don’t take the health that I do have for granted. Cause no one wants to live life filled with pain and sickness. So let’s take control and make the decision to live full and healthy lives, one step at a time.

If you’ve accepted my challenge, I would love to know what your one thing is. Comment below or shoot us a message on Facebook or Instagram. We will be cheering you on!

5 thoughts on “Story Time with Susie – Learning the hard way not to take my health for granted

  1. This is a great reminder! Thank you sharing your experience. I am making the decision to drink less alcohol. After spending an incredible time in Southern France last year I’ve grown to love learning about and enjoying wine. This has also lead to pairing wine with meals when I cook. Although I’m not quite ready to give up the consumption part entirely, I am going to start by limiting myself to 2 glasses per sitting and only on weekends. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    1. Aint nothing wrong with a little wine! But if you think you would benefit from reducing it a little, I think that’s a great and doable goal!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love hearing other people’s stories. It just shows that we are all different inside & out & that we all struggle with something. So happy you have taken the steps to make good changes to your diet…healing your body from the inside out. I look at you & think “Look how beautiful & talented & put together she is.” What I have learned that I find so interesting is…If you are not in optimal health or having any type of weight or medical issue, there is something that needs to be put in your body or something that needs to come out. Every day is a struggle for me. 🙋‍♀️“Hi, my name is Karen & I am addicted to sugar!” 💜

  3. I want to challenge myself to go to bed at a better time even if I’m not tired because I have been all sorts of messed up since quarantine happened. I believe it will help me control my anxiety better and allow me to be more present. I can’t promise much considering there’s a lot of big changes in my life coming by the end of this year but I’m gonna try

  4. You know I’m on the same journey with you-definitely never taking health for granted ever again ❤️Love you Sus.

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