Author: Betsy Westhafer
Week 10 – Keeping Your Eye on the Prize (Weight Loss)
In this fast-paced world where instant gratification is the name of the game, it’s becoming increasingly harder for people to take a long-term view of anything, especially one’s health.
But not matter how old you are, no matter your current level of health, it’s important to always look at your physical wellness with a vision of the future you want rather than the today or tomorrow that you want.
I’ll admit, I want it all yesterday too. I have been struggling for quite a while (roughly three years), trying to figure out solutions to a few very minor health challenges. In a previous post, you read that on one particular visit to my doctor of 15+ years, her answer to my challenges was, “Well, welcome to your 50s. This is just the way it is.”
I could have taken that, accepted it, and given up my desire to achieve optimal health. After all, she is far more educated in health-related issues than I, so who am I to think I know better that this woman with an MD behind her name?
And sadly, as I have started talking more about this, I have discovered that there are A LOT of women my age who are in the same boat, feeling hopeless that they will ever return to their previous level of vibrancy, optimism and energy of days gone by.
The first step I took to change the game was to change my doc, which I realize is not always an easy or comfortable thing to do. But it was the best step I have taken thus far, and because of the relationship I now have with Dr. Gary Huber and the staff of Huber Personalized Medicine, things have finally started moving in the right direction.
Although it has been a long journey for me, and one in which I am only partially through, I can tell you that there is never any reason to give up hope. We are all different and have to find our own way, but giving in to anything less than optimal health should never be an option. I know that the frustration, the time, and the money are all worth the results I will achieve. I have made significant progress, but I’m not there yet. I’m taking the long-term approach, and I won’t quit . . . ever.
For inspiration, I need only look at beautiful, successful, vibrant women who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s (my own mom was a prime example) to know that it is possible to be energetic and full of life far beyond what we now consider middle age. I aspire to be one of these women, but I know that to get there, I need to pay very close attention to my health and wellness right now.
So rather than dwelling on the “Welcome to your 50s” comment, I look far down the road to what I want to feel and do 20, 30 and even 40 years from now. I know it’s possible, so I’m giving it all I’ve got to live the life I want to live now and well into the future.
I close now with three things I am grateful for today:
- Hope for a healthy, amazing and adventurous next chapter of my life
- A family that inspires me to live a VERY long time
- Again, honeycrisp apples on sale at Kroger for $1.59.
Wishing you a great and healthy start to 2018!