Thursday, December 29, 2011

Do It Now!

Two days after Christmas my life came to a sharp point.  It was like my life flashed before my eyes and everything I ever experienced came down to this one defining moment.......


I sat in the ER with a family member/relative that was in need of some medical attention (I will refrain from names and how this person relates to me for privacy reasons and will call this person J).  J was not 100% coherent and couldn't seem to complete a thought. J was in two minor car accidents in the previous 24 hours and fell but had no recollection as to why or how.  After a longgggggggg wait in a very busy ER waiting room J was seen by a nurse and had a blood pressure reading: 250 / 130 - Yikes!  J has had high blood pressure and has been on meds since I can remember.  But the question is: Is J taking the meds?  NO!  And add to the list heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Grrrr.....


So here I am with some other family members standing in the ER waiting for a Dr. to see J.  All while I'm standing there all I could think of was how I got to where I am right now.  My life was so different not just a few short years ago but many years ago.  I was so overweight for most of my life.  I had a hard time with self esteem over the years which of course doesn't help with wanting to do good things for your life or your body.  Somehow over the years I managed through some luck and divine intervention and I'm now thriving.  Everything I was doing wrong I stopped and decided it was time to take control of my life.
I decided I wasn't going to be obese anymore.
I decided I was tired of my body aching when I got out of bed in the morning.
I decided I was tired of having aching knees while just standing.
I decided I was tired of not having the physical energy to keep up with my kids.
I decided I was tired of having an elevated blood pressure.
I decided I was tired of having high cholesterol.
I decided I wanted to have a quality life with lots of energy.
I decided I wanted to be with my kids and live a long life.
I decided that there's more to life than a cupcake.
I decided that my feelings weren't going to be stuffed down anymore.
I decided that I do have a voice and I need to use it.
I decided that I have one body and one chance to treat it right.
I decided NOTHING is going to get in my way.
I decided I am worth it.
I decided I am the only one who can do this for me and no one else.


After having all of these thoughts it struck me that it could be me laying on that bed.  If I had not made the life changes I could be the one laying on the gurney with my family starring back at me.  Carrying all the extra weight is nothing but a time bomb waiting to go off.... and you never no when the bomb will explode.  Your heart, arteries and brain don't know it's a holiday.  Your body doesn't say to itself:  "It's a special occasion I won't give you the stroke you've been asking for (via the poor diet) or the heart attack because it's Christmas".  Every bad meal/food choice ads up.  Does it mean one cheeseburger and some fries will kill you?  No!  but multiply one cheeseburger x (insert number here on a frequent basis) does add up.  It's all about balance (I love a really good burger every once in a while).  And the extra fat we carry tells all about our frequency and food choices.  I've yet to meet someone who's obese because they maintain a lifestyle of exercise and eating a balanced diet of veggies, fruits, lean protein and whole grains.


There are two options in life:


1. Eat what ever we want in what ever quantities we want and suffer the possible consequences of: Stroke, Heart Attack, Diabetes etc....  


Complications of stroke may include... (from Mayo Clinic)
Paralysis or loss of muscle movement. 
Difficulty talking or swallowing.
Memory loss or trouble with understanding.
Pain.
Changes in behavior and self-care.


Complications of heart attack may include.... (from Mayo Clinic)
Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Heart failure.
Heart rupture.
Valve problems.


Complications of Type 2 diabetes may include..... (from Mayo Clinic)
Heart and blood vessel disease.
Nerve damage (neuropathy).
Kidney damage (nephropathy)Eye damage.
Foot damage.
Skin and mouth conditions.
Osteoporosis.
Alzheimer's disease.
Hearing problems.



2.  Treat our bodies with respect and give our bodies the food and nutrients it was designed to receive. Live without taking pills every day and being free from major ailments.  While no one can live forever it's about quality of life. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ― Hippocrates  




If someone doesn't have the  discipline to take care of their health now through a healthy diet and exercise how are they going to be disciplined to take pills every day for all their ailments? Pay me now or pay me later as the saying goes (prescription drugs are expensive btw). We all have to put our time in on this earth it's just a matter of how we want to do it. I prefer to do it jumping out of airplanes or running half marathons instead of popping pills for ailments that are within my control (not sure about the jumping out of airplanes part but you get the idea :-).




Needless to say I am BEYOND FRUSTRATED! with J and I find it to be a sad situation. 
As of today J is no longer in the hospital and didn't have a stroke according to the brain scan however J is is not 100% well and can't see out of one eye and needs to see some more Drs.


If you are reading this and need to make changes - do it now!  Before it's too late.  Before you have no or a low quality of life because of your ailments.  The only person who can make changes for in your life is you.  You have to believe in yourself.  You have to decide for yourself. It's all on you. Is it easy? NO! But when has anything that has been worth it ever been easy?  Was going to school easy?  Think of an accomplishment you've had in your life and the dedication and time it took for you to achieve that.  It's never always easy but it's ALWAYS WORTH IT!  Just do it now no matter what!


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PS.

Ironically as I refer to the Mayo Clinic website above there is a video clip that shows a little bit of controversy on the subject of the Mayo Clinic, cancer and The Gerson Therapy.  The second clip is the movie The Beautiful Truth (about diet and how it can cure many ailments).







 A great movie and A Must See: The Beautiful Truth

2 comments:

  1. I am glad you DECIDED to make the necessary changes in your life that will allow you to be here for many more years to come!! I'll pray that J will DECIDE to make those same changes now before it's too late, one day it's an eye, the next a heart! I'm so sorry!! : ( -mid

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  2. Thank you so much Mid. I too hope that J will decide to make those needed changes of self care. If this isn't enough of a wake up call for J then J needs to figure out why for changed to truly happen.

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