I struggled to identify what exactly I am most thankful for today.
I could have said:
In truth, I am thankful for all of those things, but I am most thankful today for the blessing of a new day, a new day that gives me the opportunity to change some of my lifestyle choices that are impacting my health.
The good news from all of my test results this week is that I am generally well with no (immediately) life-threatening conditions identified.
The bad new from all my test results this week is that if I continue on this same trajectory, there could be some scary stuff in my future: diabetes, heart disease, cancers...
I left the doctor's office with a choice.
Since I am not in the "let's medicate right now" category, I could choose to just to keep kicking the can down the same road until next year. I could blame bad genes. I could rationalize that the results weren't that bad. I could keep nibbling around the edges of good health, only making the changes that were most comfortable.
I could decide to make real changes now.
Some of you may remember that I used to be a smoker. I often tell people who are trying to quit that the only way you can really quit is to identify something you want more than a cigarette.
For me, it was easy once I set my mind of the goal--getting pregnant and having children.
As I pulled out of the doctor's office Friday, I realized the same mind trick was needed here.
What do I want more than eating carbs/sweets and sitting on my butt?
My doctor suggested a website and app called My Fitness Pal. I've joined and entered my information. I've logged my meals for this weekend. So far, so good.
This afternoon, I am going to put on those running shoes that have barely been used for running, and get out and walk.
Tomorrow, I am calling my insurance company to find out how many nutritional consults visits I am allowed along with any other preventative services they offer.
Next month, I hope to be five pounds lighter.
Six months from now, I plan to have normal cholesterol and blood sugar.
One year from now, I will be back at my ideal weight.
Twenty years from now?
I hope to be in just as good of shape as my 22 year olds!
If you're interested in joining me, the My Fitness Pal app allows you to join up with friends. Come on over! I could use some accountability pals as I go through Starbucks' blueberry muffin detox...