Friday, July 26, 2013
Throughout my adult life my weight has seesawed. When I was feeling "good" it was down when my stress levels were up so was my weight. I am a nurse practitioner and have always advised healthy eating and exercise to my patients. That old adage, "do as I say not as I do", was really in play a lot of the time. Do not get me wrong there were times when I would exercise regularly but something always seemed to derail my exercise routine (baby, school,....) and it seemed it took forever to get back to my routine. I always told myself how can I ask people to do what I am not doing consistently?! I have known about spark people for at least 3-4 years and would tell my patients seeking weight loss tips about spark people.com. Well two months ago after months of contemplating the need to become a great example to my patients I again started tracking my foods and exercising regularly again. What has been different about it this time is I am no longer 'manic' about my weight loss and depriving myself of foods that I love and will always love. I know I am going to reach my weight-loss goals and so the pressure is off. I have an inner confidence that I will get to my goal weight for the first time in my life, and I think that is why the pressure is no longer present. I relate to the turtle in a spiritual way as I have always been slow to blossom or accomplish something, but like the turtle I keep moving forward one step and one day at a time. I am excited about the future and know that I will be a better healthcare provider because my patients know I have faced my eating and weight problems head on and have overcome them. I will be the example they need and the understanding ear when they momentarily fail. WOOHOO for me and my patients.