My health has been a daily battle for quite some time. Over 20 years ago, a well-meaning doctor put me on fen-phen, birth control pills and allergy medicine all at the same time. Within a month, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. When we decided to have one more child at age 36, I developed gestational diabetes, which then a few years later led to a type 2 diagnosis. (It may have been related as much to genetics, inactivity, and obesity if I'm being totally truthful.)
Also, because of my high blood pressure and age, I could not go back on birth control. I said I needed it because of mood swings, which I thought were hormonal. The kind doctor then prescribed an antidepressant. Fast forward a couple years to having pressure in my chest and the first of three stress tests. The doctor said maybe I should see a psychologist because there was nothing physically wrong. After several meetings with her, medication has been adjusted and I have a diagnosis of some sort that explains many behaviors and I live a pretty "even" mental existence. I still keep thinking I should be able to handle things without medication, even though I have seen and read all about chemical reasons for depression.
To add to the mix, throw in high cholesterol, premature ventricular contractions, bone lesions, a thyroid nodule, arthritis in several joints, thoracic spondylosis and being a glaucoma suspect. If I let myself dwell on all of this, it would be easy to have a non-stop pity party. Instead, I have chosen to work with a trainer for two solid workouts each week, walk more and watch what I eat, at least most of the time. I dabble in essential oils and aromatherapy as well as some great natural supplements that keep me healthy most of the time.
Five years ago, I finished a half-marathon and a 20K, then went on to get my group exercise certification and lead classes for almost two years. A friend of mine posted a quote that said: "Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you just ate." I know that moving and losing weight will keep me healthier for a longer period of time, and it also seems to help stress as well.
I can be a stronger, healthier person if I continue to move away from the comfort zone of the recliner and emotional eating, and get moving!