I’m the first to admit that I live a pretty amazing life. If you had asked me ten or fifteen years ago if I’d be traveling around the world, visiting amazing destinations or interviewing celebrities and walking red carpets, I would have thought you were crazy. The BEST part of doing all of that, is that I was able to create this life…with no one handing me anything, using a dash of creativity and tools that I’d learned throughout my working life. Don’t get me wrong, there were and are PLENTY of wonderful friends and colleagues that have helped me, shared their tips, and introduced me, and I in turn feel a very powerful obligation to pay that forward.
As with so many of us, there are always those things that we struggle with, hide from others, and sweep under the rug. Just like most of you, I have mine.
I struggle with health and wellness issues
I came to writing after an accident that left me unable to walk. For seven years I spent five days a week in physical therapy, had over seven surgeries, and was told that I’d never walk again. As you know, I no longer am tied to crutches and braces (although I do have residual issues that I have to deal with).
Walking for a long time (and even sitting for too long) is still a painful proposition for me. Over time I’ve stopped working so hard to make sure that I was keeping up with my therapy or watching what I ate (extra weight on my joints make the pain more acute).
You see me sipping on champagne at fabulous dinners, dining on lobster and filet mignon. You don’t see me quickly ride through the McDonald’s drive-thru for a fix or sit with a pint of my favorite ice cream as I watch TV at night. My eating habits are horrible.
I am a food junkie
Since I began blogging in 2007, I have gained over forty pounds and ceased most of my healthy activities.
I begin and I stall and I give up. I know why…
- I eat because I really LOVE food
- I eat because I tell myself it’s my “job”
- I eat to ease the pain
- I eat because it’s there
Even Ben, who lost 190 lbs last year is not enough inspiration for me to change. I hate to think that it will take a major instance in my life for me to do something.
- I KNOW what a healthy diet is
- I know how I should be eating
- I know JUST what exercises my body can handle
- I KNOW how to be healthy
But I am not…I do not…I ignore it all.
Those of you who have taken control and have found the inspiration to make the changes in your life are amazing and
I NEED YOUR HELP
I’d love to have you comment below and let me know what brought you to the point of change, how you did it…or more importantly…how you STUCK with it.