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It's Time to Take Charge of Your Health

Photo Credit: C. Swain
It's time to take charge of your health!  For this week's Weigh-In Wednesday post, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about the direction our country seems to be taking with healthcare.  Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you've read the news and seen the television reports about Obamacare.

So many people are losing their current health insurance.  I'm very thankful that for now I have insurance coverage through my workplace.  But a few years ago, I may have been in the same situation.  So my overall message for this post is:

...now is the time to start taking care of your health.

Working as a nurse for 25 years, I witnessed first hand the consequences of not taking care of your health. Although there are many diseases and illnesses that aren't preventable, there are so many that can be avoided.  Being overweight has consequences that include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms but once a person is placed on medications side effects may cause them to feel worse.

So start exercising and watch what you eat.

When you're young, it's easy to not think about the future.  After all, you can get by with years of junk food and not exercising but believe me ...it catches up to you eventually. I want to do all I can to avoid developing a chronic health problem requiring ongoing doctor visits.

In order to stick with my program of daily exercise and eating healthy, I returned to an online app I almost forgot about.  It's called MyFitnessPal and is a place where I can record my weight and goals.  You add everything you eat and calculates calories and any exercise I do for the day.  It's a good reminder to drink water each day.  And many of my friends from our private Facebook group are now logged on too. So this is another way to be held accountable and to receive some support and encouragement along this journey to healthy living.

So now is the time to get your head out of the sand and ...take action.

  • Go for a walk
  • Attend an exercise class
  • Dig out those exercise DVD's
  • Dust off your exercise equipment
  • Drink water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
You can do it; yes you can!  One step at a time and now is the time to begin.

I'm linking up with Kim of Just For Clicks Blog for Weigh-In Wednesday.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Debbie, this is such wonderful encouragement and I agree with you 100%....Now more than ever we need to take good care of ourselves....I am going to check out the site you suggested and thank you....

  2. You look great, Debbie, and I love the encouragement to be proactive with our health. The older I get, the more important it is to make healthy choices. Keep up the good work!

  3. Yay! Nice post, my friend. You know, I actually trained a number of nurses- and although you seem like an excellent and healthy version, most of the nurses I worked with were really compromised and neglectful of their health! Not that their hearts weren't big and they would break their own backs to help another (often literally!) but they seemed neglectful of themselves due to overtime hours, understaffed shifts and exhausting expectations! ANyway...spot on, here - and I hope that I will be keeping up with a weekly post for fitness myself - I will have to join the fitness bloghops! Let me know if there are some I should know about or where to find them. ANd I will check out the link.

  4. I love your post, Debbie. It's so inspiring, as are you! I get so much from the support of you and all the great women I've met in our FB group.
    Thank you, and have a great week!

  5. Great words Debbie! I am so into my health and taking care of myself but still have things I could improve upon. I just finished all my annual checkups, mammogram and bone density tests and am grateful for all good reports for another year. I never, never take my health for granted. I've seen too much! Blessings to you!

  6. LOVE the picture of you Friend! Great post and so true. It is never too late or too early to take care of ourselves! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

  7. Hi Dr.Debbie: :)

    Yep, I'm doing it!! I am NOT going to stop. We are going to be so proud of ourselves for sticking to it!! I


  8. SO true! I see many people struggling with health problems that a healthy life style would change. I don't want to find myself in that situation. Some days it is hard, however, I know it is WORTH it. I also am loving the MyFitnessPal, such a fantastic app! Great post and look forward to continuing this journey with you!


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