I’ll nudge you. Since people seem to like to read about struggles, I’ll throw one out to you. I’ve talked about struggling with weight issues. I’ve talked about struggling with overeating issues. I’ve talked about struggling with health issues. Let’s get real. I will show you what NOT paying attention to your health can do.
I was a very active child and very thin. Play was a 24/7 lifestyle for me….running, jumping, bicycling, swimming, skiing, you name it and I likely did it. My competitive nature drove me to perform even if I was injured because, let’s face it, we are kind of stupid when we are young.
When emotional health issues kicked in during my college years, it became all too easy to “medicate” myself with food. Food has always been a comfort thing for me and I could get away with it when I was young. But with college and life beyond it comes a more sedentary lifestyle. Inactivity leads to weight gain. Weight gain causes increased “weight” on an already serious depression. Depression causes the need for comfort. Desire for comfort leads to eating. Eating causes weight gain. Weight gain causes physical health problems. See where I’m headed?
Before you rush to judgement, because some of you will, please understand I’ve also done a great deal to counteract all of this mess. Counseling has been a part of my life for decades. Medication has been part of my life for decades. Diets and weight loss programs have been part of my life for decades. And yet, here I am facing a momentous “decade” birthday year as an obese person who has depression, generalized anxiety, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Before you rush to judgement, because some of you will, here I am facing a momentous “decade” birthday year as an obese person who has a more than competent intellect, a capacity to feel far more than the average person, an innate drive to write, a desire still to play in any body of water I come across, an ability to make others laugh, an endless capacity to get up each morning and start each day expecting to make improvements in some part of my life. Oh yeah, I’m lucky enough to still have a mom who gets that it’s not “all in my head” and hurts for me because she understands what it takes for me to get through each day. And I have a man in my life who accepts me the way I am and some close friends who do the same.
So, what will I be doing this week? Tomorrow morning I will be at my Weight Watchers meeting and I hope to be in the pool at the local YMCA a couple of mornings for aqua exercise class. Maybe you’ll be there! I’ll greet you with a smile because I will be glad to see you. And if you see a cool gadget on my arm, just know it’s the latest and greatest technology designed to help me manage my diabetes. Because, you see, I’m not a quitter. I have too many stories to tell and too many laughs yet to enjoy. Time to quit ignoring my body when it tells me it’s tired of lugging around this overly large carcass. I’m tuning in and it will not be a perfect journey; I have to get over that unrealistic expectation. This is a momentous “decade” birthday year. I don’t dread it, I celebrate the fact that I’m still here. So, nudge this…
N.B.**This quarter-sized device is called a CGM, or continuous blood glucose monitor. Through a tiny filament just under my skin it is monitoring my blood sugar levels for two weeks. The subsequent printout will aid my doctor and me in future treatment to lower my levels. Kind of cool, huh? I’m all about cool.