Sunday, September 7, 2014

A New Beginning

 It wasn't long ago, twelve months to be exact when I had 60 pounds to shed. And although the weight gain had accumulated for 13 years, my realization of my obesity came rather quickly, in about 15 minutes!!  I was taking advantage of a health club personal training promo, and had to have my BMI assessed. My 5'4" frame had expanded from that of a 120 pound woman, to a 220 pound obese health professional!!!! I couldn't believe it, and had to look twice actually turning my head in shock when the personal trainer said, "This puts you in the obese category!"  I didn't know whether to cry, faint or run out the door. "Was he talking about, ME?" "Not a chance!" Yeah, I had become an obese health professional, the numbers proved it, and all I had to do was to look in the mirror!!

  The road to obesity was gradual, a little cheating here and there.  A little burning the candle at both ends, here and there, and a little losing sleep, working extra hours drowning in paperwork, here and there, on and on and on and on!!  Life style habits take about 2-3 weeks to develop, and I had developed all of the wrong ones. Taking my patent's problems home with me, worrying about insurance audits, financial pressures of running my own business, and not listening to my body. Cravings to push ahead draining my adrenals with too much coffee, too much sugar, and not enough TLC. Easy to care for others, while ignoring my own health needs until I was 80 pounds overweight, and OBESE!!!!!

 I'm starting this blog to share my journey back to health and to create a personal, care giving "Curb Alert Motivational Roadmap."  (A "Curb Alert" happens on Craigslist when someone is throwing out something they no longer need, so they are putting it out on the curb for the garbage collector, or for others to claim. By definition, to "curb" something, is to keep it in check. As caregivers being alert to the needs of others by keeping our attitudes and health  in check is of utmost importance.   In the example above though, no one else will want to claim what is holding us back from being the best that we can be other than the garbage collector herself. Because in truth, that is where limiting beliefs belong, in garbage cans with the slimy egg shells, the blackened banana peels, and the used up coffee grounds!  )   I am creating this "Curb Alert" to assure the reader that they can lose whatever it is that is holding them back from creating a healthy, happy and prosperous life. Anything is possible with a little faith, a plan, the ability to move one's feet and the desire to make a change for the better.  So, feel free to join me in exploring why caregivers such as myself can lose their health but can also gain it back.  The reason why I know this is possible,  is because in one year I have lost over 60 pounds, regained the energy of a 10 year old, and have achieved more goals than I ever thought was possible and if I can do it, so can you!!!!!!  Let's get fired up, and embrace great nutrition and  fitness now!!!  Not only physically, but mentally, socially and in spirit, so that we can truly be present for our patients, our families, friends, care-partners and our communities. I will be sharing ideas, recipes, fitness and nutrition information with you on this blog along with woes, wonders, challenges etc.

  In conclusion: Our first curb alert for caregivers has to do with the knowledge that curb alerts exist, and that we can let go of what is not serving us, ESPECIALLY if our individual curb alert has caused us to create unhealthy habits. Just like a real Craigslist Curb Alert, we can look forward to a new investment. But rather than a new couch, or a new appliance that we see on Craigslist, we can look forward to a new investment in ourselves by creating new goals on our renewed pathway to success. And although, like anything else out there, (myself included), people will always be faced with challenges. My desire in writing this blog is to create" win- win" situations that will help you to reach your health and wellness goals, so that you can become an even better caregiver ( parent, teacher, nurse, doctor, therapist, minister) or care-partner,etc. Creating healthy lifestyle habits, no doubt can insure opportunities for you to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life.
   So, let's create new beginnings, now.  Stop by again on 9/9/2014!!!  Thank you so much for letting me share my thoughts with you!!
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 The information in this blog is information. It is not meant to be a replacement for getting medical advice from your own health professional regarding your own individual health challenge or condition. Dr. Denise will not diagnose, treat, or give direct personal consultations/advice to you on this blog for any medical condition, but will give general examples, and scientific research on many different health topics.  How you decide to use the information is between you and your own medical/ health professional.

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