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Confessions of a Healthy Person

Over the last few years health has become a major part of my life.  It all started when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  All of a sudden I had to read every label and pay attention to everything that went in my mouth, on my head, skin, teeth… even some deodorants are best to stay away from.

I went ten years before I was properly diagnosed.  To think, the doctors had given up on me and were treating every symptom separately.  Since my diagnosis, and careful monitoring of my diet, I have felt like a whole new person and enjoyed becoming healthier and healthier.

Well today the doctor said: no more anemia, no more osteopenia, thyroid levels good, cholesterol good, everything is good good good – keep doing what I’m doing.  Yay!!
So it’s taken less than ten years for my body to correct itself.  Go body!

I know I’ve quote calorie count before but this one really struck a chord with me.

Don’t Exercise to Punish Yourself for Eating

By michelle_may_md on Jul 29, 2010 03:00 AM in Dieting & You

By Michelle May, M.D.

Powerless thinking is the root cause of a sedentary lifestyle. Rewire your brain with more powerful thoughts to create the vibrant, healthy life you desire. Here are six examples:

Powerless Thought #1: I have to exercise to lose weight.
Punishing yourself for eating leads to yo-yo exercising—yet exercise is proven to help you feel better and live a longer, healthier life—even if you don’t lose a pound. Instead of exercising to earn the right to eat or pay penance for eating certain foods, build a lifelong love of exercise and all it does for you.

Powerful Thought: I exercise for fitness and health.


Powerless Thought #2: I know I should exercise but I hate it so I just can’t make myself do it.

Notice the negative words “should,” “hate,” “can’t,” and “make myself.” These stem from past experiences like being chosen last for teams, boring exercise routines, and discomfort from doing too much too fast. This time, find enjoyable physical activities that suit your personality and lifestyle. Start slowly and allow your body to adjust gradually. Choose to focus on all the great things exercise does for you and how wonderful you feel.

Powerful Thought: I enjoy becoming more physically active each day.

Powerless Thought #3: I don’t have time.
It only takes 1/48th of your whole day to exercise for 30 minutes—and most people waste more than that on less productive activities like watching TV. If you’re too busy to exercise, you’re too busy. Since physical activity is so beneficial, give it the priority it deserves.

Powerful Thought: I make time for my health and well-being.

Powerless Thought #4: I don’t have the energy.
This is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Exercise improves your strength, stamina, and sleep so you’re more productive and energetic. Since you’re likely to feel better within a few minutes of starting to move, commit to exercising for at least ten minutes. Most of the time, you’ll feel so good that you’ll want to continue.

Powerful Thought: I feel myself becoming healthier and more energetic.

Powerless Thought #5: I’m embarrassed to be seen exercising.
Most people are so focused on themselves they don’t notice you anyway. Those that do will likely admire you. Eventually you’ll feel less self-conscious but in the meantime, find activities and places that feel comfortable so you can focus on all the benefits.

Powerful Thought: I exercise for me.

Powerless Thought #6: Exercise is really hard for me.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be hard or hurt to be beneficial so lower the bar.  Ask yourself, “What is the least amount of exercise I can do—joyfully and consistently?” If you start there, little by little, you’ll feel stronger, leaner, more energetic, and healthier.

Powerful Thought: I am an active, healthy person.

Repeat these and other powerful thoughts often and soon they’ll become your new reality!

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7 comments on “Confessions of a Healthy Person

  1. I absolutely love exercise. I do it partly so I can eat more, but I also love how I look and feel.

    I can’t imagine living with celiac disease. It must be so tough to manage your diet!

    • I actually really enjoy it too but lately I’ve wanted more…

      This past week while I was at my parents’ cabin my Dad took me wakeboarding a few times. Man it felt good to push my body like that. I felt strong, I felt confident and I got better with each trip – it was awesome.

      The added benefit was using a lot of muscles and energy. I noticed, that my endurance has gone way up since last year – those gym sessions really do help, but starting September I’m joining an ‘ultimate’ league so I can run and play 🙂

      Re: Celiac, it’s not very difficult at all anymore. The information is quite overwhelming at first but now I’ve got it down, plus I’m not picky about what I eat and those around me are highly aware so I’m very lucky.

      The difficult part is eating out, traveling or eating at a new person’s house. There are many hidden sources of gluten and even my mom slips up and forgets sometimes.

      The best is when I can just eat my own food and not worry about it 🙂

    • PS
      Renee, thank you for commenting so often – I really appreciate it 🙂

  2. My new company actually offers an aerobics class during lunch! It is great, since I’ll commute almost 4 hours a day and won’t have time to before or after work to train. For the last 3 years I have had a job which require me to be on my feet ALL day. I wore one f those step counter things and saw I was walking 7-10K a day! So I didn’t feel bad about not going to the gym. But now I’ll be on my arse 12 hours a day. I will HAVE to make time for it or end up with ‘secretary spread’

    • My work also offers a gym and myriad of classes at lunch but currently the showers are down for renovations so I’m waiting until they are done before working up a sweat at lunch but that doesn’t stop me from doing weights – because weights are manageable sweat-wise 🙂

      Yes, I am desperately trying to stave off the secretary spread!

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