Helping Others Find Health

3 years ago I began a new career taking care of our elderly in long term care and dementia/ Alzheimer’s communities. At 51 this took a serious toll on my body, the long shifts, being on my feet all day, bending, squatting and lifting. My blood pressure was at an all time high averaging 145/95 and even higher. 2 days of back to back 16 hour shifts and I thought I was going to drop over. I felt like a slug trying to push through my days and my left foot developed a case of plantar fasciitis that was incredibly painful. On top of that I was bouncing between 187 – 195 pounds. I knew I had found my heart’s calling in healthcare but I also knew something had to change before I ran myself in the ground.

B and A.jpgI had been following a friend’s journey to better health and watched her transformation from a very unhealthy weight with a multitude of health issues, down 93 pounds and to amazing health minus those issues that were making her so sick. My daughter-in-law then began her own move to better health and went from dragging through the day with 3 kids to energy and stamina and so far 45 pounds lighter. I knew I was physically ‘sick’ and had to make some changes so I reached out to them. My own journey began at 186.5 pounds and feeling physically exhausted and mentally fatigued. After only 40 days of making healthy changes in my life my blood pressure is averaging 115/65, my foot is no longer hurting, and I’m 21 pounds lighter. I have the energy of a teenager and plow through my days with stamina. I sleep solid and wake up refreshed, and I’m just getting started.

In my job I care for those at the end of their life journey, walking beside them as they are writing the final paragraphs of their life, trying to help make this time as wonderful as possible. My heart is in helping people and I realized I can help those currently in the early chapters or middle of their life’s book by becoming a health coach and helping them find some of the physical health changes they are seeking. If you are looking to make some healthy, life long changes in your story, I’d like to pay this gift I’ve been given forward. Please contact me and let me walk a journey with you toward a better life.

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My Box Is Here!

My box from Optavia arrived today, so my journey toward taking back my health and obtaining optimal health begins tomorrow! I’m totally pumped about this journey.

Inside were all the fuelings I need to follow the 5 & 1 plan, which per the literature means I will lose 2-5 pounds a week the first week, then 2 pounds or so each week after, though individual results can vary (as in MORE coming off faster). Inside is also a great book and workbook for learning and making changes so I make healthy choices and get my health back. I’m really excited about this, and cannot wait to share my progress. Tomorrow I will post my starting weight (as per the scale with a photo – no cheating). Below is my before photo, which I’m not afraid to share either. Most folks swear I’m fine, but see, I’m 40 pounds over weight and it is NOT healthy. My blood pressure is creeping upward, and my body is not healthy like it should be. I am lucky in that I distribute my excess weight fairly evenly around my body, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there and doesn’t need to take a hike. And healthy is more than weight, which this will help me achieve.

Check back as I head toward a new, healthier me!

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My Journey Begins

I made a decision a few days back, the decision to take back my health. I’m about to turn 54 and I’m not at all where I know I need to be to keep up the pace in my job or to live much longer as a healthy, functioning person.

I have an old and dear friend who has lost 93 pounds and kept it off for 3 years now. She looks totally amazing and is healthy along with having oodles of energy. I would look at her before and after photos and think “I want that”, but wasn’t willing to just spend 30 minutes sitting down to talk with her because I knew it was going to cost money and a change in lifestyle.

Now after 2 years of working as a STNA, I know that I must do something. I’ve tried various diets, programs etc over the years and that didn’t do it. I even changed a few things, but I’m still sitting back at 185 (down from 199 but holding) and my body is saying some not so nice things to me at the end of my shifts. 7 years ago I was at 155, still heavier than I should have been but 30 pounds less than today.  My blood pressure is creeping upward too, into the high range, no doubt from lugging me around.

I now work in an assisted living memory care community, so I’m not pushing and pulling lifts with bodies on them (a broda chair alone can weigh 90 pounds before you put the resident in it for the day, adding 200 to make a total of 290 pounds to push and pull up hallways), but I’m on my feet for 8 hours and still doing some lifting and a lot of squatting-to-standing. I need a change.

I don’t just want that, I want THAT!!!!

My daughter-in-law got with this friend of mine (we all go way back) and started down her journey and has lost a sizable amount toward her own goal. She even decided to take the plunge and become a health coach. She is now my coach. And when I start seeing success I’m jumping in too so I can help other people make a healthy turn around.

I plan to post photos, blog entries and encouragement for others who want some inspiration. And if you see the results you seek you can contact me and I’ll hook you up with my health coach.

Yes, it is a financial investment in the beginning, but I realized looking over my bank statement that I actually spend about this amount on iced coffees, breakfast and lunch at the drive thru when working, or when I’m out and hungry. I’ve invested a lot of money to get here, a little more to get healthy only makes sense.

Day One will be as soon as my tools and food arrive (and yes you do transition to your own foods over time), when I will post my official weight for the start of the journey and photos. I’m sticking myself out there because where I am now doesn’t matter as much as where I’m going to be!

It Only Takes A 183 Pound Spark!

As in a spark of motivation.

Desire.

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I got on the scale this morning after being a tad uncomfy in my favorite jeans yesterday.  I did not like what I saw, 183 pounds, but that was 9 less than it was when I last checked.

Still, that is not acceptable.

So I decided to once again get on and activate my SparkPeople account.

This will help me to watch what is going in  my mouth.  It also helps me track my water intake.  And exercise.  As a stickler for earning meaningless points at anything and everything social media like that I have, I also can earn points for everything I do on there.  Best part is?  FREE!  Yes it is 100% free.

I am all about free stuff.  Especially when said stuff can help me get fit and healthier.  50 has me in it’s cross hairs, so I am really desiring to get this done, hit my goal weight and be in much better shape.

Sure, people see me and few believe I really weigh this much.  I am good at dressing to hide it. But this is insane.  I weighed around this when pregnant with my daughter.  She is 22 years old.  I think it is safe to say that there is no reason I should not be back to my pre-baby weight.  I was hanging around the 150 pound range toward the end of my marriage.  But while some of this is depression and anxiety, comfort food weight, the marriage ended over 2.5 years ago now, time to stop with comforting myself with crap I eat.

I am what I call an equal opportunity comfort eater.

Happy? – Grab some comfort food!

Sad? – Go for the cookies!

Angry? – Look out candy here I come!

You get the idea…I just like to eat.  Not that eating in and of itself is so bad, it is more what I eat than anything.  And portions, those are important too.  Before today I would grab the raisins and have a cup or two.  A serving size is 1/4 cup.  Oops.  My favorite cereal, raisin bran, a serving is one cup.  I was going for 2 or 3 cups, whatever fit in the largest breakfast bowl I could find.  Not working so well!

If you are on SparkPeople, please feel free to add me as a friend!  I have a SPARK PAGE there, would love to have more friends as a circle of motivation!

If you are not yet using it, may I suggest it as a way to get fit, healthy, drop weight etc., all for FREE.

I don’t use their meal plans, as it isn’t required.  I do track everything going in my mouth, even my herbal tea.  Every day at the end of the day it gives me a report on my progress.  That helps.

Just click this button and come get sparked with me.

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Day 25 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for food to eat.

If my weight is any indication, I have an abundance of food.

So many go to bed hungry, and I can simply walk into the kitchen and find plenty to eat, is something to be very thankful.

The fact that I’ve reactivated my my Sparkpeople account again is a good indication that I’m not lacking for food!

Spark Me Fit Baby!

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Yes, beginning Sunday, 1/1/2012, I am back on the Spark. And on My Fitness Pal too.   I have a wedding coming up in March, my son is getting married, and I don’t want to be shown a seat over in yonder pasture.  And frankly the older I get the harder it is to drag a few extra pounds around with me.

I’m not unrealistic, 10 or 15 pounds is the the most I will have shed by the wedding, if I do this safely (and I will) but I am happy with that!  Then I will be motivated to keep on going!

In the past I’ve posted this at the beginning of a new year…then did nothing with it.  Difference this time is in my seeking knowledge to expand my direct marketing business (Avon) I’ve learned from the experts in sales: write down your goals and you are 75% more likely to achieve them.  Keep them in front of you.  SO, every day my goals will be there on the wall next to my desk along with my business goals.  In front of me daily to motivate me.

It is NOT easy for me to put out here in public what my weight is, even though I love my curves because they are me.  I still know that this weight is not healthy, it is hard on my joints that already cry in pain from arthritis.  So from now on I will keep it very public.  I need the accountability. I need the motivation.

If you opt to join either or both sites, as I have, they are FREE!  Oh and add me as a friend.  We’ll motivate each other on down the scale!

Why I Should Be Jenny Craig’s Spokesperson

I should be the Jenny Craig spokesperson.  Really I should.  Or Weight Watchers or Nutri System, not really picky but I SHOULD be with one of them.

Think about this.  Each of these weight loss organizations uses celebrity spokespersons to pimp their programs on TV and probably radio.  These celebs all have a ton of money.  They can afford and use personal trainers!  Sure, they probably eat the food (yeah right), but like old Oprah they have someone pulling their sorry asses out of bed and on to the track, treadmill, or weight bench.  Or all of those.  Sure, the food plan likely is a good thing, but really it has more to do with their personal trainers than anything, count on it.

See, they have all the advantage over the average consumer of weight loss products. Tons of money to spend to get in shape, dieticians etc, so I just don’t believe that these weight loss businesses are really the reason they are looking like models when done.  These chicks looked like that before any of these reduction wizards helped.

How about using a REAL person, someone that isn’t able to afford the trainer, who is not already in amazing shape.  Some woman that is lazy but LOVES to eat.  Someone like me!

See, my budget is tight so um trainers are OUT.

Food? We are intimate buds, totally into each other and our relationship is unstoppable.

I need assistance, no doubt about that.  Oh and I cannot afford to join or purchase their meals.  So as a spokesperson I’d get them, free.  And what better way to prove the effectiveness of these programs than to have a real, non-famous person try them?  I think it is a splendid idea!  Someone quick, start a Facebook page, get the Marvi One the position of spokesperson, let’s see just how good this stuff is!

Unrealistic, I know. But it sounds good!

Shelving 2011 ~ Boxes 15, 16, 17 and 18

I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011) covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.

I’ve been busy and haven’t really worked on this purging thing but I’m going to try to get caught up today!

Box 15

Time management – or the lack there of. We’ll called it unstructured time.  That is an area that needs my attention in a big way.  The lack of scheduling my life is killing me.  I already have  procrastination boxed but the lack of a planned day isn’t helping me either.  I need to start setting specific times for things…Saturdays for delivering Avon.  An  hour in the evening to read because “good leaders are good readers” and in order to lead this Avon unit I need to stay on that.  I even need to set specific scheduled days for things like my laundry, and  times of the day  for relaxing  things like online games.  Structure!  Yep that is what I need, no more cluttered time.

Box 16

Lack of sleep, or staying up too late.  I have a really bad habit of doing this and it is not helping in the issues in box 15.  I set my alarm for a specific time each morning, 5:20am, then hit the snooze alarm numerous times because i stayed up way too late the night  before.  This isn’t good because I am behind by the time I do finally get out of bed, sometimes waiting to shower until the baby I watch is asleep.  That didn’t work out so hot this past week as she was sick and Friday sounded croopy to me so I was  not about to  let her sleep without keeping a close eye on her.  I am off for 2 weeks from childcare, time to catch  up on my sleep and work on getting all these boxes dealt with so that come 1/1/2012 I am purged and rolling on energy.

Box 17

LAZINESS when it comes to my lack of getting off my rump and exercising.  High blood pressure and heart disease are in my genetic makeup so, as this 48yo has yet to discover the fountain of youth, it is high time I actually DID something.  We have a treadmill, weights, and 3 flights of stairs in this big house.  Not to mention a  street that is long enough to loop for walking and a gorgeous park with hiking trails 2 blocks away.  I think it is time to box up the laziness and start getting a little toning and cardio worked back in to my life.

Box 18

With the laziness taking a hike it is time I started eating wiser too.  Not  just a bit healthier, but a bit LESS.  I used to follow Gwen Shamblin (girl get rid of the 80’s hair and ease up on the tanning, you look like a crack whore) and Susan Powter (I won’t touch this one too much there)  until I felt like they seriously derailed mentally (and to think my ex husband thinks I have mental issues?).  But they both do have some good advice.  Cut portions in half and eat far less fat.  Dolly Partin lost all her weight years ago by continuing to eat all the things she  liked just eating less of it.  So, some serious focus on cutting down to portions sizes and cutting out some of the crap I eat (like um BEER which my son tells me goes right to the butt).

Ah there, all caught up on purging.