Today I’d like to talk a little bit about attitude. I recently watched the HBO special on John
McCain’s life. I was struck by the
amazing positive attitude that he held while enduring horrific conditions and
torture in the Hanoi Hilton. Regardless
of your political views, his fortitude and strength through all the adversity
No matter who you are, life is not always a bowl of
cherries. We all have lessons to learn,
disappointments, tragedy, and hardships throughout our lives.
It has been about 6 weeks since the whirlwind of events,
cancer diagnosis, surgery, consultations with oncologists and radiation
oncologists, as well as physical therapists.
I am one that does not like to go to doctors! Enough!
But, what I am learning, is that I am going through the grieving
You may recall,
from years ago, the esteemed Swiss-born doctor Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
identified the five stages of grief in her famous book, “On Death and
Dying”. It was initially relating to the
awareness of one’s own pending death, but these concepts have broadened to
anyone suffering from a significant loss of something very important to
It can happen to you!
I haven’t written in a while, but I have been quite
distracted and occupied. I debated
whether to share my personal experience or not, but decided that if one person
was helped it was worth it.
I have been in the healthcare field for more than 45
years. I have always been the provider,
on the other side of the desk. Recently
I have found myself on the other side of the desk. It was an eyeopener, to say the least. A very humbling experience.
Another year is closing in on us and the New Year is around
the corner. One of the most common
resolutions for the new year is to lose weight.
Millions of people make it a priority…… year, after year. The failure rate is high. Change is difficult and habits are even
harder to break.
It is time to reflect on your “why”, the reason for your
resolution. Are you committed? On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to
making changes? On a scale of 1-10, do
you feel you are capable of making those changes.
I was recently caught in a long line in my local grocery
store waiting for checkout. This gave me
an opportunity to look around and observe my fellow shoppers and what was in
The lady in front of me had 4 two
liter bottles of soda in the bottom of her cart, along with a 6 pack of
Pepsi. There were 2 bags of chips, two
packs of hot dogs along with hotdog buns.
There were several frozen dinners, pizzas, boxed macaroni and cheese, a
box of donuts, a loaf of white bread, and some bologna.
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There continues to be a great deal of controversy
surrounding dietary supplements. Many
profess that supplements are not necessary if you ingest a balanced diet. I would say that that might be correct IF one
eats a balanced diet. All one has to do
is go to a grocery store and stand in line at the checkout tosee what people are eating. It is anything but balanced! Most have very little nutritious food in
theircart. It is, however, filled
with chips, dips, sodas, frozen dinners, pastries, cakes, and junk!
Let’s talk about water and hydration!
I know, this isn’t the most entertaining or fascinating
topic to talk about, but is one of the most important for our health. I am sitting here in the Southwest where heat
records have been occurring on a daily basis.
To be blunt, “it’s been hotter than hell here!” It is imperative that you get enough water
daily; if you wait until you are thirsty, it’s too late!
Our bodies are comprised of about 65% water. Keeping fully hydrated is necessary for a
variety of bodily functions, physiological processes and biochemical
Things have changed!
For those of you who are older, you know that things “ain’t”
what they used to be. Change can be
good, but it also can have deleterious consequences.
I have been a healthcare provider for 45 years and was indoctrinated
in the ways of medical profession at that time.
Little questioning was done at the time and we just believed in what was
taught. Well, we now know that many
things were not correct. Here’s a few:
are bad for you.
Habits- How to change a habit
You have tried and tried and tried to change a habit, such
as lose weight. I would bet that you can
name all the different weight loss programs and have tried just about
everyone. Frustrating, isn’t it? You just want to give up and eat all the
pizza or the entire cake, or the whole gallon of ice cream. Please don’t give up; learn the process of
change, if you truly want to change.
It’s time to realize that you can’t really truly extinguish
a habit; you have to change and replace it.
I thought I’d start my blog with the topic of habits. Habits are something that everyone has and
begins very early in life. Just think
about a typical day. You wake up and
start your day with habits, how you get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast,
dress, travel to work, when you have your breaks, lunch, location as well as
who you eat with, when you leave work, the route you travel home, and then what
you like to eat. Most activities are
accomplished almost on automatic pilot.