Today’s blog is written by @SparkleNLace
Annual Physical Examination – My Life, My Choice
I received some not so great news from my primary care physician regarding the results of my annual examination. I was not in the best of health; my vital signs were the only measures that fell within a normal range. The blood work showed lots of serious issues developing or advancing. The solution, at least to me, was a mixed bag. You are overweight, you are at risk for a (heart attack, stroke, etc); however, you are in your 50s and losing weight is very hard. The challenge, although frightening, but necessary. I had to ask myself, what’s it going to be? Should I resign to being a permanent fixture at the doctor’s office and the emergency room or try to become a fit and healthy woman?
My primary care physician is great; although she didn’t sugar coat the probable outcome I would experience if I continued along my sedentary path, she encouraged me to go for the healthy lifestyle. She discussed the benefits of exercising at my age and authorized visits to a dietician. My doctor also suggested that I reach out to my friends and family for support. One of the first people I reached out to was the owner of this blog who I know as @LalaSaint on Twitter. I’ve read her tweets for some time now and find her to be a positive and supportive person. Lala suggested I document my journey on her blog. This is my first entry.
I’m always captivated by the before and after weight loss pictures people post; so, I took a picture with my iPhone a couple of weeks ago. Let’s just say that I will start posting pictures when I can see a discernible change in my physical appearance. I’m not brave enough to have that one photo on the blog.
The past three weeks have been different. I’m more aware of my habits and slowly changing the practices that are probably contributing to my health challenges. My daughter has gone beyond supportive; she is convinced that boneless, skinless chicken will conquer all! She has been buying, bagging and freezing so much of it. I am humbled by her enthusiasm. My daughter is also a gadget lover; consequently, I have been schooled on all kinds of apps and lil gizmos that track my activities, one of these devices can record sleep patterns. Wow, not sure if I’m going the electronic gadget route; but, it’s my daughter’s way of saying keep up the good work.
I’m more determined than ever to change the course of my life; it’s one of the reasons I’ve agreed to share my journey. I’d love kind, encouraging words from people who read my posts. Trust when I say no one can berate me more than I have been beating up on myself. It’s one of the habits that I have to break. I think I’ll check in on a biweekly basis.
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