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I know for some, avoiding knowledge about their health condition, weight, and fitness level is a common practice. I think it's one of those "what you don't know won't hurt you" things.

Living Well

I’m a results driven person.  You might say that I’m even a little obsessed with seeing accomplishment.  When I’m trying to lose weight, I have to know if I’ve lost even one pound. I check my blog traffic every day.  And I constantly reflect on my health diary to see if my body is responding to any of the good (or bad…I’m not perfect) things that I do.  To me that last one is the most important, and I’m thankful for the fact that I do see progress.

Ill-health: A Memory

There was a time when getting out of bed in the morning was a dreaded event.  I had severe muscle and joint pain bad enough to disable me.  I gained weight even when I didn’t overeat.  The depression alone about killed me.  My world was a place that didn’t bring joy.  It’s been a long  journey to where I am now, but worth every step.  Though I still have the headache issue, the other pain and weight issues are not a problem anymore.  The process to conquer ill-health is one that I’ve devoted myself to.  There are answers out there (and inside my body) just waiting to be found – the journey.

Denial

I know for some, avoiding knowledge about their health condition, weight, and fitness level is a common practice.  I think it’s one of those “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” things.  Well, that theory is absolutely the worst thing you can do.  It’s a form of denial that only keeps you trapped within the four walls of complacency.  It’s time to try a new thing…

Know Where You Are

Keeping track of where you are with your health is a perfect way to stay focused and reach your goals faster.  You can use a plain journal, notebook, or if you want something more structured, try the HEALTHMINDER Personal Wellness Journal (a.k.a MemoryMinder Personal Health Journal) Health Diary and Symptoms Log. They are preprinted with body diagrams and questions that help you assess your progress.  It’s also a handy tool to take with you when you visit your healthcare provider.  That way you won’t forget everything you wanted to tell them and the questions you wanted to ask.

Sensible Goals

One thing that I’ve practiced with my “living well” plan is setting goals that I can reach.  I’m not saying that I don’t challenge myself; I just don’t go overboard.  Keep everything as simple as possible.  When we try to complicate things that’s when we throw up our hands and give up.  Every victory counts – even small ones.  If I get one or two less migraine headaches a month, I’m happy.  And having extra energy is a winner, too!  So see, you can live well where you are while you progress to new levels of health and fitness.

Tell us about a health goal that you’ve set and reached recently.  That’s OK if you’re not quite there yet; please share anyway!  Be well-be beautiful.

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About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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4 comments

  1. I know what you mean about avoiding the reality – for me, I have the “baby” weight to still lose and I have no excuse anymore. My daughter is 16 months – no excuse.

  2. Excellent post! My husband was in denial about his health for a long until until about a year or so ago when he learned that his cholesterol was frighteningly high. That kicked him in gear and he began a health crusade. Only 5 months later, he went back to the Dr and received the awesome news that he lowered his cholesterol by 68 points and he received a very high praise report for his overall health!

    ~melody~

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