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.