I was so inspired by Christina’s post yesterday that I decided to write one of my own. When we first decided to jump into the blog world and create one of our own we knew that it was going to be tough. We both agreed that we would be 100% real with anyone who decides to read what we write. If we screw up a project or fall down the stairs, you guys will eventually read about it.
After we got engaged the conversation immediately turned to how we wanted to spend our lives together. What do we want to do for the wedding, how would we raise our kids, where do we want to retire. Ok we are jumping ahead a bit but these are the things you think about once you decide to spend the rest of your life with someone. We had talked about these things in the past but they were suddenly very important topics.
We decided the first thing we wanted to focus on was our health. We knew that this would be the foundation for how we live out our lives. It would make us feel better about ourselves, make us more comfortable in our own skin, and eventually give us something to teach our future children so they do not have to deal with the same issues we do.
I too, have never really been comfortable in my own skin. I have lived with severe social anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember and still deal with it to this day. Back to that being real thing, that’s about as real as it gets. If you have read our About Us page then you know that I have mentioned it but haven’t really dove into my life with anxiety. Well, that’s all about to change. More about that exciting news in a minute.
We have made quite a few changes in the last few weeks. We have almost completely changed our diets and cut out all the bad stuff. This means no more fast food, no more soda, no more candy, and no more eating out for 5 meals in a row. This also means that Christina and I usually do not eat the same thing for dinner which can sometimes be challenging. We quickly figured out that catering our diets to our individual needs works the best for us. She gets what she needs and I get what I need to make a healthy choice. That being said….
I am now gluten-free. I know what you all are thinking, that’s stupid. Trust me, that’s what I thought too. I had always assumed that gluten allergies were made up. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Gluten sensitivity is 100% real. I made the switch a little over a month ago and it has completely changed my life! I have not had an upset stomach in over 30 days which used to be a daily occurrence. In addition, being gluten-free is the ultimate man diet. Steak and potatoes are completely gluten-free so we’re good. Being gluten-free has also helped my anxiety as well. I am less anxious now that I am not constantly worried about my upset stomach. I finally have the ability to eat out at a restaurant and feel confident that I won’t feel like complete junk after I eat. Insider info: Christina was not on-board when I decided to try being gluten-free. She rolled her eyes once or twice and wouldn’t let me tell anyone for the first few weeks. After seeing how drastically my health has changed she is now a believer!
On to the exciting news…We will be unveiling a new blog in the next few weeks. It will be my outlet to talk about everything from anxiety to mental and physical health. We have found out that talking about my anxiety has helped more than I would’ve ever imagined and decided to just put it all out there in the hope that it could be inspirational for even just one person. I will ramble on about growing up with anxiety, being in anxious situations, how I deal with my anxiety right now, my diet and exercise, and treatments.
We also want to thank all of our friends, family, and readers for supporting us through what we hope will be a life long journey. You guys have been so supportive and understanding and we really couldn’t ask for anything more.
Everyone struggles with something…What is your struggle?