Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, June 20th, 2012
Until last week. I got hit with the stomach flu that lasted a week. Yes, a week. The first couple of days I was miserable but more than happy to lay in bed and complain to whoever would listen about how miserable I was. ( my friends can start answering my calls again, I am done complaining).
By day four I knew I had to start eating something and vegetables were not it. I tried and it was not pretty. So I went on the ever popular BRAT ( bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. I am pretty sure until last week I had not eaten a piece of toasted white bread since I was pregnant with my 11 year old. Okay I admit it. It was delicious. Maybe because I was starving or maybe because, well, white food is quite delicious. It is a good reminder why so many of my clients have a hard time with giving it up.
By day 6 I was cranky, depressed and craving leafy greens like nothing else. I was weak but feeling better. It had been a week that included none of my favorite things. No veggies, no exercise, no work, and my kids would not come near me.
Yes, it was just a week, and yes it was just the stomach flu. People, including myself, have been through much worse but it was a great reminder to appreciate the things I have in my daily routine that make me happy. And I put them there.
I appreciate that I love vegetables more than the microwaveable white rice. I created that about myself. I love that I went out yesterday and played an amazing 2 ½ hour tennis match against higher ranked players, and won. I did that. ( along with an amazing doubles partner). I appreciate that I can work with people on a daily basis and inspire them towards a healthier life. I created that opportunity. And of course I appreciate my kids, and work on a daily basis to foster a positive relationship with them.
I am grateful that I have filled myself up with the things I love. So ask yourself. What have you added in you life that makes you happy everyday? Take time to appreciate what your body and mind can accomplish. Then go out and enjoy doing it with a smile on your face.
Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549