I Matter: Humility, Teachablity, and Patience!

Meet Karen…During the Spring of 2013, she was shocked to discover at age 55, she had lost significant bone density in three years and now had severe osteoporosis throughout her body. The risk of fracture was severe.  At that time, Karen decided to proclaim I MATTER…and began a healthy eating plan; regular weight training; daily injections; and daily doses of D3 and calcium.  

Karen is a part of my workout team…so helpful for support and encouragement!
She drives 22 miles two days a week to workout with us at 5AM!  What keeps her going?  The thought of a broken hip or broken bones at the young age of 56…now, every day she says I MATTER!

Beginning to take care of yourself inside and out, really can bring you new joy and confidence like you have never known.  Once we care for #1, we are better equipped to care for all of those people relying on us.
Last week, I wrote about beginning with my closet…the black hole of depression!  I had to start by being honest with myself in two main ways:
1. Look in the mirror and recognize we are all special, unique, and beautiful just as we are!
2. Also, be teachable and admit there are many things we have been doing detrimental to our health or appearance or both.  What messages have we been communicating with how we look and how we care for ourselves?
For example, at the beginning of my journey, I hid myself under piles of accessories.  I wore necklaces, bracelets, scarves, and earrings…at the same time.  I love accessories…but, let’s face it, there is truth in the phrase, “Less Is More.”  I was communicating that I was just trying too hard, and did not have confidence in what was underneath.  I still love accessories, but there is more purpose behind the selections now.

It is very important to practice with different clothing styles and accessories in order to discover what works best for you.  Today’s lesson is TAKE TIME TO SHOP and DO NOT RUSH OUT OF THE DRESSING ROOM.   Rediscovering a new, fresh style does take time in order to get it right. But, I made many mistakes and was willing to learn from them…be humble and teachable and patient!

“True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.” – Ralph W. Sockman

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  1. Osteoporosis is serious stuff! At this age, we all need to do more to maintain our bodies and good health to lead active full lives. Good for both of you for making a commitment to that exercise class! 5am??? Yow.

  2. Hi! So glad I've had the opportunity to "meet" you through the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ;o) This series of posts is so encouraging to me, as well as many others I'm sure, because I think we all have to be reminded to slow down and take care of ourselves in the midst of all of our other responsibilities. Thanks so much for sharing and thank you, too, for your continued participation as a co-hostess for the Thursday hop. Looking forward to connecting with you again soon! Nina @ mamas*little*treasures and Ruby for Women

  3. Wow…driving 22 miles to workout is true dedication. Good for her! My Mom has osteoporosis, and she learned that she has shrunk…that's some scary, serious stuff.

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