May 23rd, 2012
by Jodi · Filed Under: General Health
We are in the middle of the gastrointestinal nightmare series defined by bloated bellies and leaky butts (yeah I said that…what are you gonna do about it?) so I feel obligated to ask the one question I always feel is necessary: Is it worth it? Seriously. Is all the worry, stress, hustle and bustle worth it in your life when it is all said and done?
Back in the day, and I mean back in the day, I was at UMass Boston taking an exam to get my ACSM personal trainer certification. I think at the time I was also a stay at home mom, group fitness instructor, NASA astronaut, part time pastry chef, Red Cross volunteer and candy striper. Honestly, there wasn’t much I wasn’t doing during this time. I had supernatural powers and supernatural energy. But I was missing some major medical signs that all wasn’t well in Dodge (I really had a knack for this—what a clown I was) because I routinely had a “nervous belly” and really didn’t do much to fix it. So here I am in the middle of an exam and I have to “go”. No…I mean GO. Like right then. Pronto. Clear a path. No turning back, it was coming. And I remember the proctor not wanting to let me go but I think the sweat on my forehead told him something wasn’t right and he acquiesced. This was one of those situations where I knew that I wasn’t going to use a bathroom in the building that was within 2 floors of where that test was being taken. Is anyone hearing me right now? I believe on that day I cleared out all vegetation within a 3 mile zone of the school. I lost some of the information I studied that day in the bathroom. It was tragic. It was humbling. And when I finally went to the doc, it was IBS.
What Is Our Gig?
Why do we feel it so necessary to overachieve on a level that is almost comical? I talk to some of you and wonder how you have time to actually go to the bathroom never mind anything else. There comes a time when we have to take a long hard look at ourselves and say, “What do you think you’re proving right now because nobody notices what you’re doing but you. Either I get over the martyr routine or I need to demand recognition. But enough is enough.” Most of us have been this way since birth but at some point, this took a wrong turn and started to become caustic. We are adrenaline junkies. We live on the high of psychoticness but guess what? Your body can’t keep up and it’s starting to show.
Sorry, I Have To Say It
If you have ever said to someone in defense of your insanity, “if I don’t do it, it’ll never get done” or “I’m the only one who knows how to…” or “no one else will help me, can help me, is competent…etc” I have 3 words for you: Get. Over. Yourself. I am not saying this to be rude—I am saying it to save you. It is the best thing anybody ever said to me because I was the QUEEN of Savioritis. If you think that the world will stop revolving if you step off it, you are sadly mistaken. You are not your family’s savior. You are not your work’s savior. You have not been commissioned by the US Govt to make sure all of America is getting along just fine. Trust me, the world will keep on keepin’ on without you solving the Cuban Missle Crisis. Please stop auditioning for work on the Bodie Plantation and start living life. Your family and your colon will thank you.
Shaken, Not Stirred
Coming home every night to chaos and mayhem only to “unwind” by having a glass of wine is like going to Chuck E Cheese to have an intimate dinner with your man. Alcohol is a stimulant and is about as effective at relaxing you as a colonic performed with a garden hose. Yes, you have an initial giddy phase where you feel loose and happy (accidentally start snapping photos and over sharing on FB—we know, we know) but then it wears off after you face plant into your bed at night and then spend at least an hour or two staring at the ceiling. This does nothing for your stress levels except to raise them even higher. There has to be something better like reading, meditating or deep sea diving.
I’m Continually Amazed
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “How do you know what I am thinking? It’s like you’re in my head.” Do you want to know how? Because I was you but on crack! Whatever you do now, I did on a level that defied logic and gravity. I had ISSUES. No…I-S-S-U-E-S. My husband can look at me at times and just shake his head. It’s a shame. I say all that so I can emphasize this one point: slowwwww dowwwwwwn. Please. You will miss your children’s lives, your husband’s life, your own life and your colon if not. Ninety nine percent of all our gastric trouble is self induced by our hectic lifestyle—I just totally pulled that out of my arse but if it scares you even just a little bit to slow down, I’ll stand by it. I no longer suffer from IBS, constipation and so on (although I can occasionally levitate in my office, just sayin’) and it is because the pace of my life changed, not the quality of my food.
We need to talk supplements and thyroid. More to come!! Woop woop!