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Putting Health First

This post is part of ChornicBabe Blog Carnival #20.

As any new year begins, so does the talk of New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I do not set annual resolutions. Instead, every now and then, I try to make an honest evaluation of my actions and see if there are some areas I’d like to specifically focus on improving. Sometime in the past few months I realized that I do not always put health (mental and/or physical) first. Often times this is because I decide saving money is more important. This realization was actually a revelation to me because I really try to make many healthy decisions. I cook healthily, try not to eat out much, don’t drink very often, stay up-to-date on new health related information, consult with my doctors, try to stay active, etc…

One thing I’ve been devaluing is paying to receive one-on-one yoga lessons with a yoga instructor who is familiar with fibromyalgia. I felt like it was excessive and felt guilty paying for the one-on-one attention. It really isn’t though. Doing yoga can help me both physically and mentally. If I don’t have my health, what do I have? My health gives me the ability to live and can determine my quality of life. I’m already living with fibromyalgia and other health conditions, so I need to do everything else that I can to improve my health. I’ve previously tried learning yoga on my own and ended up in more pain. So, at the end of last year I vowed that once I was through all the holiday hoopla I would find an instructor who is a good fit and start taking lessons. Time for me to get on it! I will keep you updated on my yoga journey.

Another action that I’ve avoided taking is paying someone to clean my house. I’ve never done it. I can manage to keep my house decently clean most weeks, but during some long flare-ups or extremely busy times it is very difficult for me, mentally and physically. Sure, The Helpful Hubby can help, but if we’re both very busy there are other things I’d like his help with before cleaning! Previously I’d felt like if I paid for this, what I felt like was excessive, service, I was giving in and failing at my duties. I now realize that maybe one cleaning before entertaining may just be worth it! It may help my health. It may give me more stamina to enjoy myself while entertaining, instead of hoping I can last as long as my guests.

What challenges have you had with putting your health first?

yoga mat

This yoga mat will be getting much more use!



Comments

Comment from Lauren
Time January 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I totally know where you’re coming from! I think it’s difficult for most people to “justify” spending money on their health when it’s not “necessary.” But as we fibro folks have learned the hard way, our health is everything.

I’ve also been thinking about adding regular yoga into my life – but have also struggled with the idea of spending money on it. I look forward to reading about your journey!

And you should totally help yourself out with things like cleaning. love it!

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

You said it perfectly – it is the non necessary things that are hardest to see true value in. Once that value is realized, it makes it easier to justify spending money on. You should totally start learning yoga! Come on, do it with me, you know you wanna!

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Comment from Melissa
Time January 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Looking forward to hearing about your yoga experience!

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Comment from GinaRClark
Time January 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

You are worth it, never doubt that for even one second. And you’re helping two other people make a living. :)

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Haha, thanks Gina!

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Comment from Kathy @ FibroDAZE
Time January 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

Hubby and I are starting a weekly beginner yoga class. I have fibro and arthritis and have informed the owner of the studio. Hopefully the instructor will be able to advise modifications to the poses. Downward facing dog? Ain’t gonna happen! If you have any tips, Felicia it would be appreciated. Thanks and I could totally relate to your post here.

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Kathy, how fun that is that you are both starting yoga together! Please share any tips that you pick up! I am my own worst enemy in public exercise classes. I feel pressure from the instructor and class and end up pushing myself way harder than I should, or even would if I wasn’t in a public situation. So, I guess my only tip would be to make sure you’re pacing yourself and working at your rate, not the rate of the class. Lynne Matallana (from the NFA) also recommends using aids, like yoga blocks or towels to make positions easier. Good luck!

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Comment from Young Wife
Time January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I can’t wait to hear how it goes with the instructor. I had a personal trainer for awhile, and it made a huge difference for me.

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Comment from Tracy
Time January 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

There is absolute value in having one-on-one instruction when it comes to any kind of exercise, especially when you are struggling with pain. I am looking forward to seeing your progress!

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Comment from Jennifer Bowers
Time January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

You should check with your insurance policy, mine allows me to have a physical therapist come to my home for personal yoga instructions.

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Tracy – thanks for your support!

Jennifer – Interesting, I called mine and they said they don’t cover anything like that. That is great you have it though! I hadn’t previously thought about looking into physical therapists to teach me though…that adds a new branch to my current search! Thanks for your idea!

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