Word Of the Year

WOTY: Health

The word "health" refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. ... Health can be defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and as a resource for living a full life. It refers not only to the absence of disease, but the ability to recover and bounce back from illness and other problems. 
-  Medical News Today

For the last few years, I have been picking a Word Of The Year (WOTY). It’s a simple thing but makes a huge impact if you let it. You pick a word or short phrase that you want to focus on that year. I’ve picked Prayer, Joy, and Be Intentional. I put it on my notebooks, scrawled it across calendars, and I‘ve had bracelets engraved with my word so that I was constantly being reminded of my choices for the year.

This word represents a mind set that you take the year on with. It’s your *Big Goal* for the year. My word represents a struggle area for me that I want to improve in – and so far , its been a huge success. This year though – I am pushing way out of my comfort zone. This year – my word is Health.

Maybe its because I turn 30 this year. Maybe its because I’m done making babies. Or maybe I’m just finally sick of living this unhealthy lifestyle I’ve been stuck in for 29 years. But I am TRULY ready to be healthy – my whole life is going to be healthy. I’m ready to not just say “Oh yeah, I’m trying to be healthy” and then go eat half a bar of brownies while wearing the yet another new outfit that I‘ll only wear two times.

Actually, I know exactly what it is. I know why this sudden change of heart occurred – the exact moment that caused it.

I was sitting with some friends playing a game where you literally just draw cards and ask/answer questions on those cards. The card I got was “What is something you wish you could give your kids that you never had?” My answer – a healthy lifestyle and a love for working out’ followed by a list of reasons why I’m not healthy.

The next day, it began to hit me how true that statement was to me. I sat and thought about it all day. I never learned from my parent how to be healthy. We had more snacks than a kid ever needed. Enough soda to last a lifetime. We never ever were at want for any kind of food. But healthy? No. Exercise? What was that? Not to mention emotional and financial health choices. It was just a … poop show.

( Mom, Dad – I know you’re reading this. I love you. You did the best you knew how. The 90s were weird – they told us diet pop and juice was good for us. And purple ketchup…. someone okayed that! *blech*)

Thinking about all those things and then thinking about how I wished I had been instilled with healthy habits made me realize the only way my kids would get healthy habits was if their parents teach them how to do it. It hit me like a sack of bricks that I have the power to break the cycle of poor health choices.

And it’s not just my parents poor health choices. My choices too. I am 29 years old for crying out loud. I’ve lived on my own for 11 years of my life. At any point – I could have started making healthier choices. *PUT DOWN THE POPTARTS, EMILY!* But I haven’t. Instead, I’ve been the victim to my history.

You know what it takes to break the cycle that you were born into? Willpower and true motivation. You know what I lack? Willpower. And every other time I’ve said I was going to change and be healthier – I also lacked motivation. But this time – it’s my kids. I don’t want them to look at their lives when they turn 29 and say “Man, I really wish my parents were healthy so I knew how to be healthy.”

I want to show my children what a healthy lifestyle is by DOING IT. I want to be healthy physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. I AM GOING TO DO IT – for my kids. For me. For my marriage. For my bank account. (And for the really cute jeans that I bought on my post baby high that don’t fit anymore because I weigh more now than I did when I was pregnant.) #truthbomb

Now comes the hard part though – training myself how to be healthy in all aspects of my life. Friends – I do not know what I am doing. I’m just winging it. But I am actually doing it – I’m not just saying it. I am trying and I am doing things to work towards the beginning stages of a healthy life. Baby steps.

I think I’ll write about it here every once in a while. You can hold me accountable to the changes I make in my life. Also – tips. I would take some tips. Because Lord knows I need all the help I can get.

Until next time,

Emily B.

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