It's All About Choices
Friday, August 28, 2009
I remember so vividly the day the doctor suggested that I fill a prescription for medicine to treat my underactive thyroid. I was appalled and determined not to begin a lifelong sentence of dependency on medication. And so I agreed to improve my diet and incorporate exercise in my daily routine. Initially I had all good intentions but as days rolled into weeks, my determination waned and my weight loss plans never got off the ground. As my follow-up doctor visit neared I started looking for a quick fix. I tried acai berry, Alli, and various colon cleansers. I managed to lose 15 pounds in the three months preceding my visit. My doctor told me to keep up the good work, little did he know that my weight loss was not sustainable because it was the result of fad dieting. I left his office and embarked on another binge of unhealthy eating and limited exercise. I regained five pounds within the week and as I was about to gain all of my lost weight back reality hit me in the face. What was I doing to myself? I had begun to lean and hobble as I walked, the pain in my knee making every step an effort. I was aging quickly and I didn't like it. Then came the realization that truly altered my path. My choices put me in this situation. I have to take care of myself for me, no-one else. It's not about the doctor and his medicine, it's about me and my good health. I have to make the choice to refuse unhealthy foods even if all my friends seem to be enjoying them. I have to choose to go to the gym and work out while my co-workers sit in the cafeteria socializing. I have to choose to plan my meals and track them so I can become aware of what I eat and the effect the foods have on my health. I have to choose to enjoy a good quality of life for the years I have left. Once I realized that it's all about choices, my choices, then I didn't have to play hide and seek with the doctor; I didn't have to hide to eat the candy bar when no one was paying attention. I knew better and I knew that I would be better once I began to make wise choices, because that's what it is about. It is all about choices.