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Time for Health, Time for Me

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When is it selfish to focus on health? How much focus and time push us into the "obsessive" category?

In 2005 I started losing weight from an all-time high of 184. I lost about 40 pounds over the next two years. However, it required that I:

spend lots of time learning about nutrition
take time to work out most days of the week
track what I eat
journal about my day

I worried at the time that my daughter might grow up to worry unnecessarily about her weight due to all the time I devoted to losing/maintaining mine. I felt very guilty about the time I devoted to getting to this healthier weight.

Fast forward to 2013. My weight has gone up again. I was diagnosed with low thyroid, and put on meds, but the meds made me nauseous. My doctor thinks my gut has developed an allergy to the drug, and wants me to take another med to calm down the allergy so that I can take the thyroid meds. No thanks!

So what do I do? I want to be healthy. I want to have energy and enthusiasm for all the wonderful moments of my life. Given the thyroid problem, there won't be any quick solution. I might just have to:

spend lots of time applying what I know about nutrition (making healthy choices)
take time to work out most days of the week
track what I eat
journal about my day

I'm lucky that I've had a successful experience applying these steps in the past. I know they work. I have to get over the guilt of spending time on my own health. My daughter is a healthy, bright young lady. She knows her mom is overweight and unfit. Watching me take care of myself will be a positive example for her.
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    You will set the best example for your daughter and all those around you by taking the time to make good choices for your health! It takes time and planning but you are doing the right thing.

    I have had a similar experience of going up and down in weight by neglecting myself. Spark People has taught me that I need to plan and make those healthy choices and the weight loss will follow. It is now my lifestyle and no longer a diet.

    I am just about to my goal weigh emoticon t and I will soon join the maintainer's club. This time it is Permanent! emoticon

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    1727 days ago
    Good for you! You have the right attitude! Good Luck!
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  • ELMA1913
    It is never selfish to focus on your health! You are not only trying to improve for yourself, but for all the people who love you. Sometimes we can get so busy taking care of others that we forget to take the time and take care of ourselves. And it sounds like you are already making a positive statement for someone else. Good job!
    1728 days ago
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