In the beginning…

…there was chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream, chips, cream horns and cake.

When did you reach your personal rock bottom? Perhaps you haven’t quite reached it yet, but can feel yourself spiraling downwards. Perhaps, if you are lucky, you have yet to experience this eye opening moment.

For me, this moment of realization occurred just after boarding my plane to Florida. I sat down in my seat and watched as the cabin crew went through their usual instructional routine. That’s when it happened. I found myself seriously struggling to close the clasp on my seat belt! I had some how allowed myself to gain so much weight that I’m now bordering on being a “customer of size.” How did this happen? Lucky for me, I suddenly had four and a half hours to contemplate that very question.

One reflection that struck me deeply is that I am a health care provider, making me a complete and total hypocrite. How can I possibly look my patients in the face and tell them they need to eat healthier foods, exercise more, lower stress levels and lose weight when I’m not actively pursuing such a lifestyle myself?

It’s time for a total make over! I don’t mean getting my hair and nails done while shopping for new clothes. I’m talking about total mind, body and spirit. I invite you to join me and share in what will no doubt be a very long, tumultuous journey of self discovery and perseverance as I learn to practice what I preach and move towards a state of total health & wellness.