Monday, December 17, 2012
We all should stand for something. I firmly believe that we owe that to each other. When I got into studying nursing, part of my motivation was to change the world, one patient at a time. I saw gaps in quality care given when I was a patient and figured that I could improve it somehow. Starting IP was another thing that motivated me to stand for something. I just had my 4th weigh-in, with a loss. The most motivating factor is my blood pressure and resting heart rate were normal. I know my glucose has stabilized over the last 4 weeks and fully anticipate that going down to low-normal levels as the weight continues to drop. All of this has caused me to have a new mission. It started with me getting healthy. It started with me as an example. Now, the employee base I work with is going to be on board, whether they like it or not. It might start off as a test group; a pseudo-pilot full of people that have seen my brief transformation over the last month. It will start with the small group of people and then grow to the entre plant….then other plants in the region. I hope to bring the strength of IP company- wide. Yes, I will face obstacles. However, what kind of obstacles did the builders of some of the greatest construction projects on this planet face? The pyramids? The Great Wall? All of these people that built these magnificent structures faced obstacles. However, perseverance prevailed…and people stand in awe of these monuments to the human spirit.
Obesity is a disease that causes a myriad of other problems. The great news and one that I can personally testify to is that this disease is manageable, if not curable. I know I am an infant in this process, but what it has done for me is not something I believe is unique to me. It has changed people all over the country, if not the world. I have often said there is no money in preventative medicine. I believe increased productivity, increased mobility; decreased medical cost all will have a positive impact in all facets of our domestic earning power. Better attitudes abound will spread like obesity…or at least I can hope they will. This can spread to families, to children and can address chronic diseases that no one ever thought they could defeat. I know I was hopeless. For the longest time I felt like I had nowhere to go but down. Due to the buoyancy of fat, I could tread water for hours without growing tired. That seemed to be about the only positive thing I had going to being fat. Not sure when that would come in handy, if ever.
It took a long time for me to make a mental decision to stop the boulder from rolling downhill. The momentum has shifted. Yes, it is an uphill battle. Yes, I will face times when the struggle to get back to a healthy lifestyle will seem impossible. At the same time, I am encouraged to know that my direction of self-destruction has changed drastically over the last 30 days. My vision and focus has changed to sharing this lifestyle change with others. What I stood for, at one time, was a small circle of whatever I wanted; forgetting about those that loved me the most. I ignored their advice to turn my life around. So what makes this weight loss episode different? It involves everyone around me. My friends and family, my co-workers, my company; this is a movement that I know others can get behind. This has everything to do with today and the actions we choose as a species. There is no guarantee that tomorrow will ever come. I have missed too many opportunities to change my life and in turn change other’s. My time….our time is now.