- HEALTH TRACKER
“You want to do more, be more, but you are waiting until you feel more prepared. Here's how to gear up.”
Okay, sorry but sitting out in life isn't going to cut it. Sure, you could wait until you are completely on top of your game in life (whatever that means to you). Or, you could start living it now. What do you want to do? If you feel your weight, or your age, or your personality is holding you back, it is. If you feel nothing can hold you back from your dreams, then they won't. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." If you decide to succeed, and actually move toward that success, you will either succeed or be able to know why you didn't, instead of wondering if you could've or just writing off that you can't.
“You want to eat healthier, but it's such a chore. Here's how to clean up.”
If you've said (probably in a whiny voice), "Eating healthy is more expensive," or "My family doesn't like eating that stuff," or even, "I don't know what to make that's healthy," you are not alone. All of those statements SEEM true, until you overcome them. You are probably just not USED to thinking that way. Start by trying one healthy recipe each week. Yes, there will be some that you or your family doesn't like. You've probably tried new, unhealthy recipes that they didn't like from time to time too. It's okay. Chuck it and try again. There are plenty of very good recipes that will be successes. You may believe that healthy foods are expensive. Depending when produce is in season, and your location, prices will fluctuate. But you can usually work around these issues. You might feel your grocery bill is higher too, if you are buying fresh ingredients in ADDITION to what you normally buy. Once you start REPLACING the processed, pre-packaged foods (and probably a few trips through the drive thru), you'll see that eating well is healthy for your pocketbook too.
With the weather improving, I'm itching to get out and walk or bike ride. Anyone out there in the Culpeper or Warrenton area wanna join me?
Hi, give me a shout. swimbikerun ...
“You want to feel inspired, but there's de-motivation at every turn. Here's how to run it off the road.”
Television, family members, so-called friends, magazine ads, a look in the mirror. There are plenty of things that make us feel bad about ourselves. Things that make us doubt that we'll ever succeed at our goals. So, what are we going to do about them? Eleanor Roosevelt had a great quote, "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." We know outside influences will occasionally bring us down, so how do we spring back up? What motivates you? Music? A particular movie? Thinking about God? Standing in the sunshine? Reading uplifting quotes? Exercising? Find what motivates you and keep your goals on the road to success.
“You know you have to find time to exercise, but it's just so elusive. Here's how to find it's lair.”
You wonder how some people do it. They seem to be able to get everything done. They must be multi-tasking wizards. Here's the truth. There is no such thing. If you are doing more than one thing at a time, you aren't doing at least one of them well. Think texting and driving. Feeding the baby and doing homework. Cooking and learning calculus. Sometimes folding laundry and watching TV will leave you with towels in your underwear drawer and your house guests perplexed when they need to dry their hands. Studies have shown that when you multi-task, not only does your skill level go down for each project, but you also raise your stress level. It's a lose-lose situation. You simply have to eliminate things from your to-do list. If you want to exercise everyday, you'll have to give something up, or at least rearrange other things to save time. All the time you need is right in front of you. It's up to you how you'll use it.
I had to respond to all of this. I *didnt'* have Dr.Pinnar do my surgery. I had an appointment time, but before I met him the nice lady in billing explained to me that I had been told incorrectly,.... my insurance wouldn't pay. I knew there was no way I could pay the cost, so I said I would leave. No no no, they said... come talk to the doctor.
I tried to talk to the doctor, but kept getting distracted as he was checking messages on his phone and texting. At the time I wondered if it was because he knew I wasn't going to be a patient after all, but, in the end, I just think he thought it was okay to do. I told him office manager, who told him, and he called, very defensive... he only checked his messages twice, and only wrote a text once, and it was important, blah, blah, blah.
Needless to say, I'f I'd won the lottery, I still wouldn't have let him do it.
Fast forward 2.5 years, and I get a bill for that visit.... over $400. At first, I didn't even recognize the name, and then, when I did, I laughed. I'd changed insurances, and this was 2 and a half years later. Wasn't gonna happen. But, I called the office just to explain that, yes, I got the bill, no, I wouldn't pay it... I'd tried to leave after we knew that insurance wouldn't pay for the surgery, and was told to just meet with the doctor. Surprise! The good doctor wasn't even in town! He'd left, very abruptly, leaving many patients without support for their lap bands.
IMO, this guy is a real piece of work. I saw on the front page for this forum that he is back in town, and drumming up business. Be very careful . IMO, he is rude, arrogant, and totally lacking in morals... and apparently sense, if he thought he could charge me for a visit I tried to end, 2.5 years ago.
“You want to make a change, but you keep remembering your past failures. Here's how to get amnesia.”
Fine. You've tried, and tried, and maybe tried some more without the success you've dreamed of. So often, what holds us back is the past. We figure since our attempts have failed before, odds are not in our favor. Fooey! Failures are a perfect way to access WHY things didn't work so we can work around them. Stop looking behind you and start focusing forward. Look ahead to what your new life looks like
“You make plans but just don't follow through. Here's how to execute the blueprints.”
No matter what goals you have in life: losing weight, starting your own business, writing a book, scrapbooking, or starting an ant farm all take action to achieve. You may think that you've just been lazy, or that it must not REALLY matter to you based on the amount of time and effort you have put in in the past. Maybe all you need is a "detailed" plan. So, instead of your goal being, "I'm going to lose weight by exercising at the gym and eating right," it needs to chunk out very specific actions. Map out a week: "On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I am going to go to the gym at 1:00." Write it on your calendar. Next, tackle eating. What recipes will you make, what do you need to buy, how will you handle eating out, what will you have for snacks at work? By scheduling very detailed steps with dates and action items, you will be more likely to see your plan become a reality.
“You are suppose to work out today, but you're teetering. Here's how not to totter.”
How would you feel if you didn't brush your teeth today? And, hmmm, forget about doing anything with your hair. Oh, you don't need to change your clothes either because you did that yesterday. How do you think you'd feel? Cruddy. Gross. You probably wouldn't feel at your full potential would you? The same is true for exercise. When you workout it makes you feel good, improves your life, and gives you a boost of energy and endorphins. So, do your workout, brush your teeth, your hair, and put on some fresh undies and life will be good. The other option is not pretty
“You start out strong but then lose your edge. Here's how to stay razor sharp.”
Each day you find that a certain time hits and all the good choices you've made all day are flushed. Suddenly you're grabbing anything in sight, nibbling this, licking that. Why can't you stop yourself? Okay, look at it like a video game. If you are engaged in a battle where the monster will only be vanquished with silver bullets do you think showing up to pelt the beast with marshmallows will work? Doubtful, unless he eats all of the mini morsels, gets sick to his stomach and can't continue his ferocious rampage because of gas pains. Stop going into battle unprepared. Unlike the monster, you can make a plan and be ready. Knowing where your shortfalls occur is the hardest part. Now, just figure out what you're going to do different to make sure you are the victor.
“You portion your food, eat well, and then cave during kitchen cleanup. Here's why your kid's half eaten Oreo will not find it's way into your face.”
Do you have trouble not "cleaning up" with your mouth after meals: leftovers that detour from the pan to your pie hole, half eaten kiddie plates that get scraped into your kisser instead of the trash? If the possibility of having someone else do that chore is not happening, try this: make it part of your workout. If you need to, go slip into your workout wear and tennis shoes. Now, focus on speed, agility, muscle flexing, and fat burning. There is no eating when you are working out. Set the stage for what will happen during this time - make it an event, a very fast event. Quickly scrape, rinse, pack up, and wipe down. Now, since you have your shoes on, jog around the block with your hand in the air in victory. You rock!
“You've tried and failed. Here's how to turn the stench of failure into fertilizer. ”
Our mothers told us the truth: You learn from your mistakes. At least let's hope that we are wise enough to understand that failure is simply training. It doesn't mean there's no hope, that we could never possibly succeed, that we are so uniquely screwed up that there is not a workable solution. Poppy**** As Thomas Edison so brilliantly quoted regarding his attempts to create the light bulb, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that didn't work." Maybe you've found just as many ways that didn't work for something you were trying to accomplish. Take time to stop and smell the fertilizer. Reflect on those and learn. WHY didn't they work? By weeding out what doesn't work, pieces may start falling into place of what WILL work, what you might try. Remember, you only fail when you've given up trying.
“You have an event coming up and you don't know if you'll make good choices. Here's how to see the future.”
That wedding, office get-together, family reunion or birthday barbeque sounds like fun, but the food choices will likely be things you shouldn't eat...and there'll be way too much of it. What to do? Look into the future. Really. Actually think about what will happen: how will the food be presented (buffet style, served at the table, a waiter walking around with hors d'oeuvres), what will they serve, what will they serve that you can eat, what should you absolutely avoid? The more insight you have the better. Now imagine how you will react. Envision yourself only taking what you've pre-determined is okay. "See" yourself walking past the no-no items, saying "No thanks" to seconds being offered, and leaving bowls of food untouched. Make sure to see your expression - you, smiling, happy. How do you feel? Empowered, in control, confident...with no regrets. By visualizing the outcome you want, you will be far more likely to have a reality to match.
I am in Spotsy, and in process w/ BPS. Gail has been a life saver for me! I have CoVa care /bxbs, and my 12 month pre surgery program anniversary is May 18th. Hoping to have surgery in June!
“You are trying to eat right, but you feel cheated. Here's how to get even.”
If it seems like you have to give up every food you love in order to get healthy, you may need an attitude adjustment. First, a little test: who do you think is happier: someone who won the lottery one year ago, or someone who became a paraplegic one year ago? Of course, if we had to choose one of those, we'd all choose to win the lottery. But, the fact is both groups are the same as far as how happy they are one year after those major events. It's a fact that people can learn to be happy with pretty much anything. The option to pick happiness over wallowing in misery is up to each. You can look at your new food choices, workout schedule, and healthy lifestyle choices as a great thing just as easily as deciding it sucks. Once you make the choice for embracing it, you'll be surprised at how much easier it is.