For me, there’s one word that describes 2013.
That word is CHANGE!
Well, here I am, a year later, and I’m been astounded by all that’s occurred!
At the end of last year…
I went to the doctor because my body was giving signals that it was changing in ways that could lead to long-term health issues.
As a result of that appointment I started physical therapy to begin strengthening my legs and hips.
In January of this year…
I attended a program to make lifestyle changes to prevent the onset of diabetes. This was also a recommendation from my doctor.
I’ve stayed with the changes from the diabetes prevention program.
Al, my husband (and family cook) has continued to prepare meals in the way that best helps me.
I’m so grateful for him! I know I wouldn’t be as successful as I’ve been without his support and partnership!
After physical therapy, I started working with a personal trainer.
Dan has been a key person in many of the changes that have taken place with me this year. He’s challenged and encouraged me, while tracking and monitoring everything along the way!
When I’m not exercising with Dan, I swim, attend exercise classes, use other exercise equipment at the gym, go for a walk or exercise at home.
I’m definitely not bored!
More on working with Dan in a future post!
A few weeks ago…
I returned to the doctor, who eliminated two prescriptions and reduced the dosage of another! My blood work is normal!
She said, “Well done! Keep up the good work!!!”
Something else that’s happened…
I’ve also stepped out of my shell a bit to talk more about these changes. This has happened in one-to-one settings as well as other forums.
I’m doing this as people told me that I inspired them to make changes in their lives.
That has meant more to me than I can ever express.
Being realistic and keeping it real…
When people have asked me what I’ve done I don’t sugar-coat anything.
I suggest that they speak to a doctor, if they haven’t already done so. Know what it is that you really have to tackle! Get educated so you understand the challenges!
I also had to admit I couldn’t do this on my own. It’s the reason Al came with me to classes. I need his support!
It’s the reason I started physical therapy, and, the reason I work with Dan.
In short, making this type of a change takes planning, dedication and commitment.
There are no shortcuts!
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Admittedly, there were times when I was in a fair amount of pain as my legs and the rest of me worked to become stronger.
Dan kept me focused while I was exercising through all of that.
Al always loved and encouraged me.
Today, the degree, frequency and intensity are so much less. It’s FINALLY manageable!
2013 has been a challenging year. It’s been emotionally and physically demanding. It’s been a time for me to reflect intensely on how I’ve perceived myself, and to be at peace with many changes that have taken place over time.
It’s also been rewarding…and often fun! I can now perform some activities that I truly thought I’d never achieve. I still have a long way to go to reach other milestones but that’s okay.
There will always be new goals to achieve!
Still, at the end of 2013 I have a changed perspective.
It’s a fresh outlook!
Thanks to all for your comments of support throughout this year!
I’m looking forward to achieving more in 2014!
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