I want to preface this post by saying it’s a personal one. My photos are mommy photos. They are far from perfect and my child was a hot little mess this morning. I grabbed the camera on a whim and I’m glad I did. I didn’t bother cleaning her up and didn’t clean her up much in post processing, but I wanted to share regardless 🙂
First, a little explanation:
It’s only been about 2 years since I made my first hat, ever. I had knit and crocheted for ages, but never made a hat. So, I made a few for my daughter’s 3 month photos. They are far from my style now, but goodness, she looks cute:
Photo by my talented friends at The Photographix
Back to my story. I never really got the hang of being healthy after having my daughter, and it only got harder as our businesses have grown. Since that hat, almost two years ago. HeatherBell exploded. I dove right in to the newborn photography industry and it engulfed me. I would stay up until 2:00 or 3:00 am making hats, trying to catch up on orders, trying to please my customers and open up for more business. It was nice to have a little extra money for groceries. But, I sat on my butt all day long, all night. I lost interest in cooking, and I never really figured out how to take care of myself.
THEN, not even a year ago, I decide to pick up the camera. As if I wasn’t busy enough! Ha! For those of you who know me, you know what my new love is! Yep, I’m completely in love with photography. I’ve spent many hours and too much money learning what I’ve learned in such a short period. I haven’t been sitting on my butt as much, and I’ve cooked some, but I still can’t claim to have found balance. I still have not learned how to take care of myself.
I knew I wasn’t taking care of myself, but I didn’t KNOW it until I landed in the ER with a migraine that laid me out flat. I had been so sick for a full day and night, could barely walk, and barely open my eyes. It was miserable. CT scans showed no tumors or anything like that, thank God, but I knew it was time to see the good ‘ol doctor.
Last Friday, my doc for more than 15 years and I had a chat. He picked up on the signs right away and connected two dots that have always been in the back of my head, but not in front of my face. My father is a type II diabetic. Everything that I’m going through right now points to prediabetes. He believes I’m making too much insulin. So, we got our game plan together.
#1: Metformin. An insulin regulating drug. I can honestly say I’ve felt SO much better since I started this. I have more energy, and am not hungry alllll the time.
#2: A low-carb, preferably Paleo diet.
Ugh, I’ve heard the term “Paleo” before. My good friend Jennie, at Jennie Pyfferoen Photography has been trying to convince me to try this stuff for a while. I’ve been resistant. It has just seemed like too much work! BUT, I have to take care of myself, right? Right.
I told my biggest supporter, my mom, about my meeting with the doc. She promptly dragged me off to the book store to buy the Sugar Busters Shopping Guide and we picked up the Everyday Paleo cookbook while we were at it. I’ve been slowly switching my food stock over and just got the chance to make these egg cupcakes for the first time today. I was quite nervous that my baby wouldn’t be a fan. You can see below, she clearly did not think that she would like them. But keep going, it gets better:
Ummm….you want me to eat THIS?! Are you serious?!
She sure doesn’t look happy about it, does she?
Oh, that’s a good face.
Yep! She likes them! She was trying to feed me some here.
Placing the food on her spoon 🙂
More please. AGAIN!! She went for thirds!
My second batch. Mmmm, yum.
To see the recipe visit: http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/03/24/egg-cupcakes/
I really hope to have a positive update in a couple months. This mama is so ready to feel great and be in shape! I know I’m not the first person to have trouble finding balance in life, and I won’t be the last, but hopefully I can inspire someone else out there to give something new a try. I’m so glad I did!