Life in the Health Lane

This week, I'm filled with so many emotions and ideas; I can barely type fast enough. I have so much I want to say right now, I don't even know where to begin. I'm angry and overjoyed all at once.

This week, I'm filled with so many emotions and ideas; I can barely type fast enough. I have so much I want to say right now, I don't even know where to begin. I'm angry and overjoyed all at once.

I have been deeply troubled by seeing more and more ads for companies preying on folks that are obese. Pills, powders, tinctures, crazy ridiculous 'exercise' contraptions being marketed to folks with the hopes that they can get 'thinner and sexier' in less time. Well, I'm just sick over this. Some of these products may well have some benefits of nutrition or what have you, but to promise the moon and the stars for some potion that costs over $100 for a little box of vitamins? I don't think so!

There is not a fast fix to getting a smaller waist line. Period. That's my truth. A healthy life doesn't just happen by taking pills or going into the operating room. A healthy life starts by waking up and walking out that door and getting your butt into the world of wellness. It starts with you. No one else is in your body every day. Just you. No one else is with you standing in your pajamas at midnight in front of the open fridge staring lovingly at that piece of cake but you. No one can be with you 24/7 to tell you to put that phone down and not order that pizza. Nobody is going to wake you up at 6am and get you to the gym but you.

I'm equally troubled by hearing over and over from folks who have hired personal trainers to help them get fit and drop inches, but have had bad experiences. I'm now a certified personal trainer and it upsets me even more now to hear that people of size in particular are having bad experiences. Since I had been obese, I thought it would be great to become a trainer so that I can have the insight and understanding that some clients may have. I was talking with a woman today who said that her trainer couldn't believe that she showed up for her second appointment because "people that are heavy like you usually don't come back." That statement is upsetting on so many levels.

So many people seem like they have to hit rock bottom before they start to wake up about how they are merely existing in their bodies and not living in their bodies. This is so rampant in the world of obesity. But there is hope!

A woman who I met on my facebook page has turned the corner! Dana has been home-bound for 10 years and 5 of those stuck in her bed because she's so heavy. The amazing thing is - she's been in the health lane! She's turned herself ON!  She's been dropping the weight and for the first time in over 10 years, she walked out her front door! I'm crying now because I want to meet her and share with her - this incredible moment for her! Dana said, "Life in the healthy lane is so much smoother, and who would have ever thought it could truly be sooo good!" I'm so overwhelmed and happy for her!

I said to her, "Welcome back to the land of the living!" I'm inspired, aren't you? I'm off to the gym to get my groove on!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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