How does one prepare to change their lifestyle and more importantly their behavioral lifestyle? One day at a time…one meal at a time…one moment at a time…and one sip at a time – in other words…ONE (insert topic) at a time. That is the first thing that hit me when I started having meetings with the dietician and exercise physiologist (who knew there was a career in such a field). That I would not be able to “eat” the entire elephant at once nor would I run a 5K the first day on the track and most importantly, I wouldn’t instantly learn new habits overnight.
WHAT!?! To my shock and horror – LOL – that is what I had been doing wrong all these years? As you know, I am a person who takes the “bull by the horns” and goes with it. Most of the time succeeding pretty well. For the first time, I faced my biggest fear in the mirror by realizing that I have not been succeeding in taking care of me.
Give me a meeting, a client, a trade show, exhibitors, vendors and I will lay my life down to make sure everything is in order -executed to perfection and with the utmost professionalism. Get a call from a friend who needs something and I will drop everything to make sure they are taken care of them – make sure they have food, a bed to sleep in, money to take care of their bills and the list goes on – don’t misunderstand me, I would do it again today if I got a call from a friend – but with some thought of where I am in the picture – does it have to be right now, is there a resource that can help them get what they need that I can connect them to or better yet – is what they really need is a listening ear and no real “fix it” action from me?
Hmmmm…had I really put myself second or third or fourth for all these years? To what sacrifice and consequences? Yep…high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high BMI, degeneration in my spine, constant pain from pressure on my sciatic nerve (ever try to spend 12 hours on your feet with a pain shooting down your leg? – not the best thing to do to have a successful career in meetings and trade shows)
As I sit here today, having two tablespoons of tuna salad, two tablespoons of fruit and no beverage for lunch and not thinking beyond these 30 minutes, I am amazed how far I have come and yet how far I have to go. I am getting ahead of myself….back to my timeline.
In September, I met Jennifer McKinley on Facebook. She friended me because of my Mary Kay business and she is a direct marketer and herbnologist – creating natural oils, soaps, etc. – from Mississippi. Through a course of conversations, she introduced me to Body by Visalus protein shakes. Since I needed to lose up to 20 pounds before surgery, the worst I thought was if I don’t like it, I can try something else – besides, I had an entire history of diets to go back to – and much to my surprise, I loved the shakes. They come in one flavor and I can create all kinds of flavors myself.
In classes with Blue Point, I was learning that I would need to drink protein shakes on a regular basis to get in 50 grams of protein everyday. So I knew I would need to find a way to do that and be happy with it. I started with one shake a day combined with healthy meals. I then stepped it up to two shakes a day. I started noticing changes in how my clothes were fitting and how I was feeling. The doctor was impressed as well.
Watch for the next post…