Healthy Living Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference


Are you considering living a healthier lifestyle starting in the New Year? That’s a perfect time to start.  The holidays are behind us, and all the eating has come to a stop. Now its time for you to take control again, and get back on track to a healthier you. Did you realize that simple steps toward achieving those goals can make a big difference? Is it your goal to just loose a few pounds?  According to the Center of Disease Control, by losing 5 to 10 pounds per week can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and your blood sugars. But if you are overweight, you don’t have to drop 52 pounds to be healthier, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can also improve these areas of your health, and that can reduce your risk of big-trouble diseases, including cardiovascular disease (still the number-one killer in the United States) and diabetes (which currently affects more than 25 million Americans).

Healthier makes for a happier you. If you are not healthy, you are not happy.  When you are concerned about what is going on within your body, it can consume your time and energy.  There is nothing like not feeling good, not feeling your best, and you know something is not right, you decide to make a visit to your physician and get bad news.  Now we can’t control everything medically that happens in our lives, but we should try and keep up with living a healthy way of life each day.

One of the worst things that we can do as women is spend countless hours in front of the television. Researchers say that every hour of TV watched after the age of 25 reduces life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. But TV itself is not the culprit. It’s sitting for prolonged periods that can shorten your life. In a 2010 study, in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who logged in some six hours of sitting time during their nonworking hours were 37 percent more likely to die earlier than peers who sat for just three hours over the course of a day (outside of work).

As part of my healthy living regime, I attend a gym at least twice a week, as well as implement others small methods of exercise at home, make a conscious effort toward drinking more water and eating healthier meals and portions.  Three months ago, I hit the scale at 173 lbs., today I am at 165.  But I still want to do more to get to my ideal weight of 140ish lbs. I want to do a lymphatic cleanse, because I feel that I need to get some of the toxins out of my body. I awoke one morning recently with swollen glands in my jaw line and underneath my chin area, I knew it was time to take action.  I was a bit concerned. I called my primary doctor’s office to see if someone was available to see me, and was told to come in.  I was given orders for a CT scan to be performed in those areas. I was injected with a dye and put on the large machine.  While they checked for one thing, they found another, it was discovered that I had nodules on my thyroid. I returned another day to have a sonogram of my thyroid at a local imaging center and thereafter was  referred to see a specialist. I received a call from my primary care center telling me that I needed to have a biopsy. Of course, this alarmed me.  I picked up the referral for the endocrinologist, and  set the appointment. While waiting for this appointment to meet with physician all kinds of things were going through my mind. She’s not the doctor, how can she tell me what I need. The reports were faxed to the doctor and upon arriving and sitting with her, she did a thorough examination, reviewed my reports and asked me many questions along with ordering some more test to try and get to the point of what’s actually going on with me and I will update you in future post.

The big thing here is that we need to stay active, walking, running, jogging, gyms workout, whatever your choice is and I do hope that you have something in mind if you are not doing something already. Just get moving, and if you are walking, just short distances a day can add up to miles in a short time and can make a difference in reviving your healthful living style. Taking the stairs and leaving the elevator behind, can also make a difference in you. You must move! So how do you plan to start your moving?  I’d love to hear your ideas.