I started off the new year like many other resolution-ers, let’s hit the gym. But, that didn’t come from wanting to lose weight, or get ripped – all though, those sound pretty good too.
As some of you know, I spent a good portion of 2015 visiting doctor’s offices, making appointments with various specialists, including a take-home sleep apnea kit. Although I admire our Canadian medicare, I still wasn’t satisfied with “all your results have come back healthy and normal” when you don’t really feel healthy, nor normal. As most women can attest to, we know our bodies pretty well. When something is out of line, or not quite right, we notice. Call us hypochondriacs all you want, but I like to consider it “being in tune with one’s inner workings”.
So, with that all said, I still can’t seem to be rid of these epic bruises that are making their literal marks on my lower extremities. Now I’m not just talking a little pinky sized bruise here, I’m talking fist sized and purple as Grimace from McDonald’s. One can only imagine some of the reactions I received while wearing shorts at the gym. Including, but not limited to, one lady tapping me on the shoulder, looking at me from head to toe, followed by staring me in the eyes and giving me that “girl, you need to get out of that battered relationship” look. You know, the one where their eyes are kind of bulging out of their sockets, head tilt sideways, and lips pursed all while staring deliberately at my seemingly battered legs.
Really, I don’t know what they’re from.
I figured at one point they may be caused from work. I’m an event planner, so it’s natural that at some point during an event, I’m up on a ladder, moving tables, bumping into chairs, or manhandling backdrop decor.
That, makes sense.
But once I started being more cautious of my everyday movements in order to monitor these unexplainable bruises, I became even more stumped. I hadn’t bumped, hit, fell, or knocked into anything, and yet, there they were.
Now back to the gym.
After countless tests, pokes, and prods from various physicians, I figured the best I could do is go back to basic health benefits. Might as well right? Vitamins, daily exercise, 8 glasses of water a day, eating healthy and proportionately, and ample amounts of sleep. The bruises still show up once in a while, but I gotta say, the stronger I get, and the ‘healthier’ I feel, I think they’re starting to show up less and less. Who knew?!
As modern individuals, we rely so much on drinking a tasty and sugar-filled VitaminWater in order to get our daily vitamin kick, but in my reality, I needed to take it back to where it all began. Straight up pill-form vitamins – and I can’t deny it’s working, whether for the bruises itself or simply just making me more aware of being a healthy being. If at the very least, being a health conscious woman is incredibly beneficial on all fronts.
The Fab Foodie YXE. Xoxo