Archive for February, 2010

Thanks to my job, I have the opportunity to talk to a lot of ‘sick’ people.  Just when I think I’ve heard it all… well, I hear something new.  I don’t even pretend to understand how extremely devastating some of these health issues are to people.

Some of the people I deal with on a regular basis, I almost dread having to talk to them because all I hear is a constant litany of all of their aches and pains and reasons why they can’t get healthy.  It seems almost as if they are afraid that if they get better, no one will pay attention to them anymore. Their minds don’t seem to be open to the possibility of ever getting healthy.

But one thing I have noticed is that regardless of what is going on with their different health issues; the people with a strong positive attitude seem to have a quicker recovery. There are those people who seem to have insurmountable odds, but fight their way back to health.  And the one thing they really seem to have in common is that they look for the positive things and find things to be grateful for.  They make a habit of writing things in a gratitude journal. And on bad days, they review their gratitude journal to remind themselves of how far they have come. Continue reading


I like to move it!

My son will be wrestling in our state wrestling championships this weekend.  I am very proud, of course, but that is not the point of this particular blog.  There will be a mass parade of boys who are in excellent physical condition.  They are carefully watching their weight (another topic for future discussion); and they work out hard. As my daughter would exclaim, those guys are ripped! For all of these boys, their hard work is paying off.  It will be an especially grueling weekend with 5 or 6 intense matches each day. But they are, for the most part, ready.  Personally, I will find myself looking into the stands and wondering how the boys in such good condition can belong to the parents in the stand. Yes, I am including myself in that thought. I wouldn’t last 15 minutes through one of my son’s wrestling practices. Continue reading

How’s Your Memory

My kids often kid with me that I have some-timers disease.  Sometimes I remember, sometimes I forget.   Although it is fun to joke with my family from time to time,  my mental health is something that I take very seriously. I watched the movie “The Notebook” again the other night.  It breaks my heart to think about how sad it would be to totally forget everyone and everything you have lived for and loved your whole life. I believe that the more you really use your brain, actively engaging and challenging it, the less likely you are to lose the use of it later in life. Continue reading

Water, Water, Water

How much water do you drink every day? The answer for most of us is “not enough”.  If you think about it, the human body is about 75% water and 25% solid matter.  Please note, it is NOT 75% Mountain Dew, coffee, tea, beer, juice or other liquid of choice; it is 75% WATER. It truly makes sense to believe that if we properly hydrate our bodies, they will be more likely to work properly.  Every day you lose 2 – 3 quarts of water through normal body functions such as perspiration and breathing.  In his book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj tells us that dehydration is as the root of most of our modern day diseases. Continue reading

Hello world!

I hope you will join me  on a journey to find a healthy balance in life.