- 17th April
- 7th March
- 27th February
- 27th February
“I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something that I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”
Jennifer Lawrence, 2012
- 26th February
- 16th February
- 11th January
- 8th January
SUCKS. Yep, my lover’s liver sucks. We spent this morning (our one year anniversary!) at the gastroenterologist’s office (woo.) figuring out what’s wrong with him, which we will not have a definite answer until the ordered tests are complete. My poor babe has had emergency abdominal surgery resulting in a blood transfusion within the past nine months and now has to undergo more procedures, like a dreaded colonoscopy just before the age of 25. Yeesh. The reason I’m blogging this experience isn’t to divulge on his semi functional organ, but to elaborate on a few things the doctor said.
You see, my man, like many of us, socially drinks. He also LOVES wine. If it’s his preferred type and brand, he may even choose that over me (ha, totally just kidding) and he enjoys a glass or two weekly. However, because his liver is so fragile, he has to quit. Doctor’s orders as of today. My babe’s also been attempting to quit smoking cigarettes (so nasty, I know. In his defense, he’s cut back a lot since I got on his case.) and the doc made that an order as well today *yay*. But they’re both things he enjoys, so it’s not going to be easy.
Doc explained it this way: “You’re a young man. Most people at your age have not undergone and will not undergo procedures like you. Your body, if you practice healthy habits, can get back to 100%. But health is something you need to take seriously. It’s your life we’re talking about. If your diagnosis ends up being (*insert options A, B, C, and D here… hopefully not C…*), surgery will completely eliminate the problem and/or medication will completely suppress the problem. However, if you do not practice healthy habits, there is no point in me helping you. I will not waste my time trying to fix you when you’re going to counter my efforts. You need to respect your body. You have the potential to be 100% healthy and what you do with that is up to you.”
Let’s replace the liver disease with unhealthy habits in general, and this becomes a perfect analogy explaining the importance of healthy decisions. I can hear Jillian Michaels echoing similar words the doctor said about quitting smoking/drinking except about quitting eating unhealthily, or putting yourself down, or not exercising, or whatever unhealthy habit it is you struggle with. It’s your life. You have the potential for it to be great if you just commit to the right behaviors. What you do with that choice, to commit or not, is entirely up to you. It may seem hard, but if you really think about it, it should be easy. Be healthy. Live.
For the record, my man’s completely quitting all drinking and smoking. He’s going to live. For me. And more importantly, for himself.
- 5th January
- 23rd October
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming what you thought you couldn’t.Rikki Rogers (via evepostapple)