Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it La la la la la lalala la la...
Now you can have that running through your head all day like me, and don't act like you aren't still singing to the end!
This catchy sitcom tune is my positive midlife mantra. Mary Tyler Moore attempting to do it all and conquer her city. She gave the image of having it all under control! I am going to make it the new ring tone for my cell phone! I think we need positive reinforcement as we go through mid life. One important way to do that is stay healthy. I just scheduled my yearly wellness visit with my internist. Now as I wait for this appointment there is a cloud of doubt over me. Why? Well, I'll tell you.
Lately, every time I go to the doctor's office I get a prescription I've seen advertised on television. One that I feel I am too young to get. Remember when you used to watch TV and sit back and think, "What is that for? Who would take that?" I remember being about ten when a Preparation H commercial came on and my mom saying, “Oh I need to remember to get some at the store.” I used to think, "Eewww, what is that?" Well, if you’ve carried a child or you are over 40... chances are you’ve used Preparation H in cream, suppository, or wipe forms, and all of the above are your best friends. I wish there were a mid life magic potion but there isn't. So the object of the game is to stay ahead of what could go wrong as we attempt to age gracefully and live life to the fullest.
When I say stay up on health, I mean everything... physicals, pap, mammograms, eye care etc. My biggest problem midlife has been weight gain. The last 7-10 years I have put on 30 pounds. For someone that is 5'1 and 3/4 on a really good day, that put me in the obese category. I wore my clothes in a very incognito way so most people never really realized how much I had gained. Well, except maybe my Talent Agent. Eeeegads the looks Sharon would give me. Or when she would call and say the client thinks you are too heavy for the ad. Yes, I got that call about 4 years ago ugh. The only reason I was mad is because it was for a dog food ad! Give me a break, it wasn't like I was modeling Calvin Klein Jeans! What does your weight matter for a dog food ad GRRRRRR. Sharon was right and she has been so supportive now that I am back on track!
It took going to my gyno one day and getting on the scale. He looked at me and basically said its time to do something. He also made me take several blood tests. I was Vitamin D deficient which can cause many problems in the future and I was on the verge of having Type 2 diabetes. I could have ignored all of this or missed it all together if I didn't stay on schedule with my exams. So this all happened in January of 2013 (The V8 Moment). I decided to pray about it and have the big guy upstairs give me some wisdom, guidance, and some help. So in February on Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent I decided the only way to get this weight off and get healthy was to do it with him (God). Today I am 35 pounds lighter! Now I pray for maintenance and I thank God every day for giving me the strength!
Let me let you in on a recent discovery as I wrap this blog thing up. Since I disconnected the feeding tube from my ass and lost the weight, I get the weirdest comments. People say the strangest things and they are more obsessed about what I eat and drink than I am. I can't wait to tell you the comments I have received. Truly, you will not believe it! Next blog I will have a plethora of examples of what NOT to say to someone when they lose a noticeable amount of weight. I will also let you in on how I got all the weight off. I believe in sharing positive news to benefit others. I think staying healthy as you age is the best gift you can give yourself.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...