If you have ever read my About Me page here on MendedWheels.com, you know this blog is not all about health and fitness. I actually write about several household topics, but my overall theme is Lifestyle BALANCE. Why? Simply put, if your life is not balanced, it’s not running the best it can. It’s a wrench in the engine, a nail in the tire, a general sense of “this isn’t right”.
When it happens, everything feels wonky and out of place. You’re crawling to get out of your own skin because you realize YOU are driving YOURSELF bonkers. And guess what? It SUCKS! I HATE IT!
I realized when I wrote Why You Need a Vacation that sometimes we all just have to find a way to step away and recharge a little bit from life, so I took weeks 27-32 of the Packed Lunch Challenge and walked away for a minute. I didn’t plan it, it wasn’t intentional, but it was something I needed, and I am INSANELY glad I did it.
I think I was putting way too much pressure on myself over weight loss numbers with WAY too much other stuff going on in life. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then you also might not be aware of this:
This stupid boot has been a part of my life for over a month now. An MRI confirmed I have a small tear on the front side of my Achilles tendon. I get to keep this puppy around until at least the end of August. August, in Arkansas…IN A BOOT. The high today is 115, so you can imagine how comfortable it is right now. I am also supposed to use crutches.
I do use them if I have a long way to walk into a store or something, but aside from that, all the crutches do is piss me off. Carrying a purse, my lunchbag, my water cup, and everything else I need for a day at work while unlocking the door every morning and getting to my desk does not happen with crutches. It’s a great theory though! The downside to all of this is I have gained a little weight back. I’ll be right back to exercise etc. when I get out of this boot, but for now, my job is to keep my couch from floating away! 🙂
The bright side to taking a little break (even with a weight gain), is I have managed to accomplish a lot of goals outside of fitness that were really stressing me out.
I spent some time hinting about some household changes here, although I didn’t flat out say them because I wanted to make sure it all happened first. Ready?
I was approved for a home equity loan. YAY! I am finally going to be able to repair our roof, and have a brand new heating and air system installed in the house. We are also going to use the extra money from the loan to consolidate a TON of medical bills from my husband getting sick. You can read about the numbers on it in this post! I am so excited to get this underway. It’s the first step to getting my ex-husbands name OFF MY HOUSE! Uhhh, we’ve been divorced since 2008, so it’s long overdue.
I’ve used some of my propped foot time to get quotes from all of the contractors we need, including the highly coveted tree trimmer, and all of the work will start in the next few weeks. It’s a HUGE amount of stress that’s completely gone from our lives, or I should say on its way to being gone.
We also have scheduled our first vacation together as a married couple for our 5 year anniversary. I haven’t traveled outside of Arkansas since 2009 when I went to Scotland to meet my husband’s family.
We’re going to visit some friends in Kansas at the end of October. The person who actually introduced me to the hubs, moved back to Kansas and had to leave her dog behind while she looked for a place to live. Luckily, she found one, and she’ll be moving in about the same time as our anniversary, so we offered to take the little guy to his
other (they lived here when he was a puppy) mom.
The last few weeks have certainly been odd for me. I can’t lie and say I am not super pouty about my foot and the weight gain, but on the other hand, I can’t lie and say I am not happy about all of the positive things we have going for us right now either. I didn’t plan to take a break. I didn’t plan to not care about my weight loss goals these last few weeks, but you know what they say…Life is full of good intentions. I feel back in balance, and I have good things to look forward to, so I can’t complain!