Well long story short, I have always had an interest in health, wellness and nutrition. After some family health scares about two years ago, I decided to become a nurse (a field that I have always been "pulled" to, but never imagined that I'd go back to college). My first day of nursing school we were asked, "What is health?" and I was surprised that we couldn't all agree on some semblance of an answer. The farther I got in nursing school the more disappointed I became as it was becoming all too clear that the American health care system isn't about health care at all, but about disease management. The more patients I worked with whose bodies were ravaged by complications from obesity (such as diabetes--and resulting amputations, heart disease, poor mobility, low O2, depression, high blood pressure, etc.) the more I became interested in prevention and the emotional/psychological reasons behind obesity. After a lot of research I decided to become a health coach in addition to an RN, and am excited to start the health coach program next week. (I plan on being more of a nurse educator once I'm done.)
This journey toward helping others has really shined a light on ways that I can improve in my own life, as I want to practice what I preach. In the past, my weight has osculated from being 15 pounds underweight to 25 pounds overweight. Currently I am 5'2 and about 137--and would like to get down to about 125ish. I go to the gym about 4-5 times a week and work with a personal trainer. Before I began working out with a trainer I thought I knew how to work out, however I couldn't have been more wrong. Throughout this journey I have been on with learning how to take care of others, I am learning a ton about how to take care of myself. Before, I was never into going to the gym, but now it's a "get to" instead of a "got to". My thinking has shifted from "I want to fit into this new dress" to "I want to fit into this new lifestyle". I have a vision now of the person I want to be and make strides to bring her into focus every moment of every day. I am very motivated by the support, advice, experience and stories of those that are here on this forum, and am excited for where I will be health wise in about 3-6 months.
I am very excited to have found this community, and will be posting pictures of my progress monthly.