So about a month ago, we discovered that I had a gluten insensitivity. We ended up having to change our diet. My husband decided to give up gluten so that it’s more simple for us in meal planning and we can have the same meals together. Also, there’s less of a chance for cross contamination. After having had a new diet for about a month, I’ve noticed a few things. I have finally started to lose weight. I haven’t changed my portion sides or anything. My body feels so much better and energetic. My pain levels from my back issues, having had to have a spinal fusion 2 years ago, and having arthritis in it, has gone down considerably. I was also having a lot of digestive issues, mostly of not being able to have a bowel movement, being bloated, and entirely uncomfortable and in pain. That has disappeared completely. That’s probably too much information for some people, but I just want to let those know who may be experiencing the same things that they aren’t alone.
Because of these changes, my mood has improved considerably as well. Since moving to Savannah, GA and losing my amazing mother-in-law, I’ve gone through a bit of depression. It’s not easy admitting, but, honestly, I think everyone goes through it from time to time. Where nothing you do makes you feel right. Where doing the things you use to love make you feel nothing. This was writing for me as well as other things. When I was writing, I didn’t feel the passion I use to about it. I think it’s one of the reasons I struggled with the final book in the Hartland series as much as I did. Now, I just have to edit it…. Boo!
During this time, when I should have been there for my husband who lost his mother in a car accident due to a woman texting and driving, I wasn’t there. Not really. I was barely there for myself. In fact, my husband pretty much had to come home from work and cook our meals and clean the house. There were days, where I did these things. These were my good days.
I don’t know how he did it, but that just shows you what someone will do when they love you. I’ve been there for him in the past when his father died, or when he’s lost his job, and other set backs. I beat myself up for not really being there for him a lot during the last year. There was a lot of change to adjust to. That is, until recently when he pointed out a few things to me. In a marriage, sometimes you have to take care of the other person and be okay with it. Jeff is a truly amazing man and I am better with him by my side than I would have ever been alone or with someone else. We often feel that we were meant for each other. We balance each other out quite well.
We’ve had our rough patches in our marriage. I think most married couples do. It’s impossible to agree on everything all the time. The thing is, we’ve stayed with one another through it all. We’re in for the long haul! We’ve been married 12 and a half years now. We’ve seen each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we still love one another very much. We hate being apart from one another.
I’m leaving this post with a little reminder for everyone, even for myself. Remember to be kind in life. You have no idea what the other person, the one who may have annoyed you or did something you deemed stupid, is going through. Be kind. Be patient. Be understanding.