Being Glad

Sometimes I workout and think – “that felt great… awesome workout!” *High Five*

Then there are the days that I’m just feeling like I have lead in my legs, or shoes… or a combination of both.

Those are the days I just think – UGH… this workout seems REALLY long. What? 45 minutes left? Uuuuugh! Please God, get me through! (and He does!)

I’m thankful for my workout partner… because my husband is great encouragement also, when I’m not feeling 100%! He’s there to remind me just who I strive to please.

Life is like that too. Sometimes … you can just feel a little off… Sometimes it lasts a long time. You know something is wrong, but you don’t know what.

I’ve been struggling for quite sometime with issues. We’ll vaguely just call them … digestion issues. It started when I was younger… we tried to pin point what it might be… but never could figure it out. Preservatives, stress… it was something.

I was pretty careful about what I ate, because of the issues. By careful, I mean – I ate a lot of comfort foods and carbs. I didn’t want to stray too far from what I knew made me feel ok.

Mysterious sauces were out, oils, sausages… chinese food… orange juice… sometimes it was things I really liked… buttermilk brownies… would just kill me. The list was always changing, and I just would get so frustrated at the width of substances or situations that seems to trigger me. I finally started just knowing what I could eat at certain places, and if I wasn’t at home – I just stuck to that menu. I also avoided stressful situations or things that I knew would tip me off… because sometimes I could be sick for weeks.

I frequently caught slack for not being more “experimental”… but most people who truly knew me. Knew. It was much more about how I’d feel [starting 15-30 minutes after I ate for a few hours or more] – than me not wanting to try something new.

One of the awesome things about being pregnant is that your hormones and everything in your body is changed up. So, essentially I’ve had a good 12 years of not as much trouble with my digestive system… and that was a real blessing. Maybe God gives us a break because we’re so sick feeling in other ways at that time? But, alas… great things sometimes come to an end – and thus, my digestive issues…

ARE BACK.

IN full force. About 9 months ago, it was like someone flipped a switch. Possibly a switch was flipped because a number of things can trigger changes that become your new normal.

Right now we’re on the path of trying to figure out just what it is that makes me sick… possibly lactose intolerance. This actually makes a lot of sense… but that can also go along with gluten intolerance. Oy! Neither of which are some death sentence, and I will survive – but it’s a learning curve as we begin to not only pay attention to the best types of foods – but everything in every food, and how my body seems effected.

Just when I thought I was educated “enough” about what I put into my body…

God says, THINK AGAIN.

I’m actually very thankful though, and I’ve chosen to be glad. Like I said, it could be worse… much worse, and right now I’m just thankful we’re looking for answers … and I’m looking forward to being able to FEEL better a majority of the time again. Very glad.

What’s that song, written on a Scripture? Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say REJOICE! After all, He made this body – and by His design I am what I am.

It’s been a beautiful weekend… productive, and fruitful (The potty training child is now a “big kid” and has made MUCH progress – Praise God!). I pray the same amount of productivity for you as we enter a new work week! Lots of new posts in the progress – we’ll chat again soon!

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice.” – Philippians 1:18

Posted on February 6, 2012, in Truth. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Big hugs, my friend. I’ve struggled for years with the same thing, and now that Will is 4, it’s gotten worse again. I’ve been researching a few things and have really good days & not so good days. Praying you feel better soon too!

  2. I remember in HS thinking I must be the only one suffering… it’s so nice to talk about things as adults and realize we are not ALONE! 🙂 Hoping for some answers for you as well! Lactaid is my new friend.

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