Wait, don’t throw anything at me! I’m kidding. But this week (Week 24!) I was reminded that my daily choices play a big role in how hard or easy the process feels (kind of like life, in general, huh?).
On Wednesday morning I had a prenatal massage (I get one every 3 weeks and it’s heaven; whether you’re pregnant or not, treat yourself to a massage once in a while!). My massage therapist, the talented Bobbi Payne, asked how I was doing and I went on and on about how great I felt. Pregnancy is easy, I said, there’s really nothing to complain about!
Mm hmm. By Thursday night I was whining to my husband about how much my left hip and leg hurt, how much worse my allergies are, how uncomfortable it is to sleep with all of those pillows, and how hard it is being the mama-to-beeeee…
What changed? I spent literally all day Thursday finishing up my Juicing & Blending eBook. I skipped my yoga class. I walked about 400 steps (mostly to and from the bathroom) instead of my usual 10,000+. I didn’t take a nap even though I’d slept poorly the night before. I didn’t take the time to juice (ironic, given what I was writing about all day). My water bottle sat empty on my desk for hours.
Yeah…that’ll do it…
For the most part my pregnancy has gone very well and I am very grateful for that. When I found out I was pregnant, some of my family members and at least one of my doctors were quite concerned given the gastroparesis and other GI motility issues. But I really wasn’t. I just knew it would be okay.
How? Because I’ve successfully dealt with big challenges before (read: living WELL with GP!) and I’ve learned a few things in the process. I know that attitude matters. I know that expectations matter. And I know that choices matter.
Sometimes I conveniently “forget” all of that, but it doesn’t take long for life to remind me. So this morning, I’m writing to you as I walk on my treadmill. I’m sipping on my green juice and I have a full water bottle by my side. My allergies are still bad and my neck hurts from sleeping awkwardly on that mountain of pillows, but today there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much worth complaining about.
No, pregnancy is not easy. Life most certainly isn’t easy. We don’t have control over everything. But we do have the power to make things a whole lot easier when we acknowledge that our choices really do matter.
So tell me, what nourishing choices are you making today?