January 26, 2020

The First Step to Saying Goodbye to Bad Health

The first step to saying goodbye to bad health is accepting you have a health problem that needs to be fixed.

You can’t fix a problem you don’t have, right? No matter if this means accepting that you are obese, that you have an addiction, or even that you don’t have an illness.

For example, when I was younger I was a very good athlete. I was never thin, but I was very athletic and I had the right body for the sports I competed in. As I got older and participated fewer athletics, drove my car more than I walked, had a baby, developed postpartum depression, and let my sugar addiction take over my life I gained an unimaginable amount of weight.

I knew I was overweight, but when I looked in the mirror I didn’t see an extremely obese woman that weighed twice the 175lbs she weighed at her peak athletic shape. Instead, I saw a larger person that had that body because she was strong and athletic.

I knew there might be a problem when I went to the ER with a heart attack scare at the age of 32. I tried to lose weight after that and I did, for a bit. But because I still couldn’t admit that I was obese, food still was more important to me than my health and I gained back every pound I lost plus more.

I didn’t finally go through the self-esteem crushing admission that I was in fact obese until I started to waddle when I walked, I couldn’t perform simple hygiene tasks because there was too much fat in the way for me to reach, my libido was completely M.I.A, and I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t breathe from being crushed under my own weight.

How to Take that First Health Step

I am not going to lie to you, admitting you have a health problem that needs to be fixed is not easy. You will be depressed or unhappy about having to say you have a problem. Finally admitting that I was obese was crushing to a person that has everything else in her life under control.

But once you have come to terms with the bad health issue, you will have taken one step away from it and one step closer to fixing it.

Here are some ways to take that first step:

Talk about the issue with a friend that has been trying to tell you that you have a problem

Talk to your doctor about the issue and how they can help

Enlist the help of friends to help with the issue

Imagine how much better your life would be without the problem

Imagine what you could do once the problem is gone

Say the words you refuse to say that describe the problem (for me it was saying I was obese, I hate that word)

What’s The Next Step to Better Health?

After admitting you have a problem, the next step is to not beat yourself up about it. Yes, you have a problem but you have admitted you have a problem and are now on the road to fix it.

Beating yourself up about it will take you right back into not admitting you have a problem. Don’t lose that important first step! Talk it out with someone, if you have no one to talk to email me and I will listen.

Can I Really Do This?

You are only restricted by your determination. If you believe you can say goodbye to bad health, you can. If you don’t believe that you can conquer this problem and find your good health, you won’t.