Oh this past week has certainly tested me and my physical, mental and emotional thresholds. It has made me realize that I must take care of my emotions and my mind but more importantly my body in order to cope with everything that life throws at us. As I was to begin my Tabata Bootcamp class on Monday night I received a call from my Dad that he had been admitted to the hospital for a life threatening illness and was later diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes and high blood pressure. What takes me back is that illness does not care of you are rich, poor, overweight or average, it only cares how you take care of your body with lifestyle and eating.
For me, I know that I must work every week in order to fight what genetics has dealt me to prevent diabetes and heart disease myself. A compromised immune system disorder, which I already battle, would not allow me to fair well if I became sick so hard work and determination must overcome the want to slow down and be complacent with life. My husband and I are constantly on the go and I do not have time to be sick or hold us back from doing the things we love in the outdoors or my love of running.
As I sat in the dark in tears in the wee hours of the morning Thursday I realized that I cannot fix everything for everyone. I can do what I can do, attempt to help those that need help and keep fighting each day to see the sunshine in the morning. I cannot take the world’s burden on my shoulders and THAT’S OK. We must move forward and want to LIVE and have a better life. Anything less is just unacceptable. Getting up and teaching my class at 5:15 am that morning was truly one of the toughest things I have faced in a long time to hold it together for 30 minutes for my students.
So as this week comes to an end I will begin to schedule time for myself and staying on track and healthy again. I will help my Dad continue to recover and help him get on a path to helping himself get healthier and live his life to the fullest he can.
Never give up and never give in. Don’t accept the negative, but push with all your might to tell the world that YOU CAN DO THIS!