Sunday, December 28, 2008

The holidays are going to be coming to a close soon, new years eve is just around the corner and I did some soul searching on what i want to achieve for the new year. This is going to be a year of personal growth for me in different areas so I decided to break it down as follows.
-To finally reach my goal and stay there the key is healthy eating and exercise. I know I can do this I have taken off almost 18 lbs during the roughest time of the year. There will always be challenges to overcome. Many people say they will start after the holidays but if you look at it, food is the center of every holiday. There will be new years, valentines day, st patties, easter, memorial day, picnics in the summer, independence day, labor day, halloween, thanksgiving and again christmas. So the key is to change your eating habits and food choices at this time, your family will learn to give up things too. The amount of choices out there today with splenda products and lower fat items make it very do-able. Coronary artery disease is such an epidemic in this country, as a intensive care nurse I am finding younger and younger patients coming in with heart attacks, strokes and needing coronary surgery. Drugs do play a role but in the most part it is how we eat and how our society accepts the high fatty/sugar diets and fast food is winning out. We as parents need to start out youngsters out with good healthy eating habits that will stay with our children for a lifetime. They not only will be given the gift of having a happy, energetic mom or dad but will instill these habits in their life and possibly their own children. Okay I'm off the soap box now.
two-On a personal note, I decided to go back to school to achieve my masters as a nurse practioner. I love working as a coronary care nurse but feel I might be able to help and make more of a difference as a practioner. It will be a long haul but I am prepared now to take the plunge.
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    You are right on the money with everything you said!

    Good luck in your continued education.
    3759 days ago
    Best of luck to you in 2009. I see you are setting yourself up for a lot of work, but when you achieve your goals you will be so proud of yourself. welcome to the road runners. gail
    3761 days ago
    Yes, you can do it! You have the will power and the drive! I know you can do it! Good job and keep it up!

    Kim emoticon
    3763 days ago
  • RENA1965

    I hope you make the plunge, there will be a huge need for good doctors even more, if people don't wise up.. I had a dad die from chronic heart disease and a wonderful husband from diabetes type 1.. I am doing the life style change full out and have never had regrets.. I don't miss the food, as I sat on the school bench and learned what it will say to eat to be satifisied.. This is the most important thing to teach patients, neither my dad or my husband were overweight or smoked but were extremely active.. However, most people have no clue how to eat healthy these days, and if you point small things out in a e-mail they get sour and upset.. Keep up the great work, I find it alarming that so many people are scaring people whom use sweetners away from them.. My husband was under a University hospital in many resource projects and at no time did I ever hear anything bad about them if used with "moderation" like everything else. My only complaint is sorbits that gives me chronic diarre even with small doses in a couple of sugar free sweets now and again..
    kind regards Rena.
    3765 days ago
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