The View From Here – Please Tell Me I’m Not Alone

By: Carrie Buchanan


Carrie Buchanan

I need a pep talk.   I need some encouragement and motivation.

This weekend, in an attempt to paint my toenails and pretty them up in anticipation of warmer weather and a farewell to socks, I broke my back.  OK, not REALLY.  But I did something that made it next to impossible for me to stand, sit or basically do anything without a great deal of pain.  Not fun. Yesterday I was lucky enough to get into a chiropractor for some relief. Let me tell you, I need to work on my “story”.

Doctor “What did you do?”

Me “Uh, painted my toes?”

Cue dramatic music for effect.

Our bodies are pretty amazing, the way they are connected and how they work.  I was given an explanation as to what happened.  Likely from pushing too hard in my home workouts and not listening to my body when I felt a bit of discomfort.  Painting my toes pushed my back too far. (smile)

As I sat in the office, undergoing some cool electro-treatment, I had to sit in front of a mirror.   I don’t love my reflection on a good day.   But to sit and really look at myself, sitting there on the bench, I felt sad.

Anybody else feeling like they’ve lost themselves lately?  Staying home, away from friends and family we care about.  Missing the things we used to be able to do so freely.  I feel like I’m losing a part of who I am.   And I’m eating my feelings in the process.  This weekend was not something I’m proud of.  Chips and dip.  Chocolate chip cookies.  Gummy bears.  I even bought some Wagon Wheels because they reminded me of childhood.

I stared at that reflection and didn’t love what I saw and I’m wondering if anybody else has those days?   You wonder what happened?  Where did those extra pounds come from?  When did I get “old”?  (smile)

I’m going to be 50 this year and I don’t want to celebrate a milestone age and feel unhappy about my body or that reflection.  I’m seeing the changes.  Grey hair that I’ve now covered up.  Wrinkles.  What the heck happened to my neck? (smile) Age spots on my hands.

Age is just a number.  It’s how you FEEL about yourself that really counts.

So I have a proposition for you.

Would you be interested in a self-care challenge?   A group of us that want to improve our health and wellness in a healthy way, showing up daily for support and accountability and working on improving ourselves together, one day at a time?  Would you be interested?

I’m just thinking out loud right now and I really hope I’m not the only one feeling a little lost right now.  I miss people and I miss connection.  I miss positivity.   I miss feeling supported by others.

Let me know and I will make it happen.

I will invite people to help us and give us information.

A feel good challenge to get us to summer and help us all feel better about ourselves and build connection that we might be missing.

Stay in touch with me anytime. 



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