I was at the hospital yesterday and it was one of the most frustrating days I have had in a long time. My mother had an appointment for 12:30 at the hospital for a test. We arrived there just prior to our appointment time, registered and then we just waited. We actually waited for 2 hours for a 5 minute appointment..
It was in the waiting that really got me thinking. It took me back to the time when I decided that I MUST begin to take better care of my own health.
That was way back in 1997. You see I have been taking care of my mother for a very long time and it really began when she broke her hip. Now there are some that say you fall because you break your hip, others say you break your hip and fall. Either way in 1997 my mother broke her hip. Now she wasn’t in the best of health at that time however she was living independently and still had a fairly active social life.
When she was in the hospital recovering from the hip replacement, I was told at the 2 week mark in her recovery that she was going home. She could not get out of bed by herself, she could not walk by herself and at that time her going home would have meant disaster for her and her health. So I had to fight with hospital management and ultimately she went to a rehab home for 4 months. When she came home she could walk, do stairs, sit, you name it she could do it.
I only share that story because at that time this experience got me thinking that I did not want to end up that way for my future. It scared the @#$$ out of me that if I didn’t make change in my life that was exactly what my future was going to look like.
At the time of my mothers hip replacement she was 67 and I felt if I didn’t begin right away when I was her age I would be going through the same health challenges.
At that point in my life I was taking vitamins, supplements and had kind of started to eat a bit better however I still was not doing all that was possible.
I was still have my own challenges with Fibromyalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome, low energy, obesity. My life was going to begin to make big changes.
Yet I knew I could not do it all at once because I wanted to have success and permanent change. The first thing I decided to do was start an exercise program.
So what I did was borrow a friends copy of Tae Boe, (remember Billy Banks?). I did the easiest Tae Boe DVD and could only accomplish 15 minutes to start. And each day I pushed 1 minute longer until I did the whole thing, then went on to the harder DVD. It was not easy and yet I can tell you it was well worth the effort.
I kept that image of my goal in my head each and every day. When I didn’t feel like doing the DVD that goal was what kept me going.
It was hard work, it was a fun experience because I mentally started to feel like me again. That was the most exciting part. HOPE was coming back into my life and that was a good thing.
Over these past 15 years I have gone from doing my little DVD in the living room and struggling to swinging kettlebells, barbells, body weight, riding my bicycle 660k, reducing my weight by over 70lbs, and probably most important improving how I feel each and every day.
So when I spend time in the hospital it really does make me sad. I see people that are putting their trust in a system that I don’t believe will help them improve their health for the most part.
The tests, the medications (I do realize for some medications are the only solution and that is a good thing) yet for many medications only cause more and more problems, the lack of quality of life, the belief in a system that is not working.
You can make a big difference in life if you simply decide. Really that is the first step. Decide you want more out of your life. Decide that you are worth feeling good in your life. Decide that pain does not have to be a part of your life.
Small changes made successfully will give you the strength to make another small change successfully and so on until. Until you begin to reach your goals, then you begin to make other goals, bigger goals, more challenging goals.
The small changes for me were like I said exercise, I did also begin to drink water (which I never really did before) and like I hear so many people say I didn’t like the taste. Water doesn’t actually taste and what I now realize is that I didn’t like chemicals in tap water. So my water of choice to begin was Perrier. It was bubbly and kind of like pop. Not maybe the best choice however I was water and a place to start.
Then over time very slowly began to learn about food, diet, eating, and made changes. And today my eating habits are very different from 15 years ago and way back then it would not be something I could have imagined. Organic, grass fed, pastured, I never even heard of those terms. Even my vitamins are organic!
I was at the hospital yesterday and it took me back to a time where it all began for me. What will be your starting point?