“Why did I wait? I should have done this sooner?” spoken by the woman who hadn’t been to a gynecologist in 25 years and never had a mammogram. In January, my mother had surgery to remove three ribs and a large cancerous tumor. My mother, the amazing woman who could wrangle four grandchildren and work 14 hour days as a nurse. She never invested in herself, always putting everyone else first. And with this admission, she taught me a great lesson: I NEED to invest in myself, my health and well-being. No more canceling dentist appointments or putting off annual appointments because I’m "busy". Today matters and it’s not selfish to take care of myself.
I make a lot of excuses, “I don’t have time, it’s expensive, or it will be hard.” Perhaps, it’s the mom in me or seeing my own mother selfless in her career and family that perpetuates these emotions. Thankful for the journey I’ve experienced in the past year, it’s amazing how one life-changing appointment at Medical Weight Loss Clinic could make such a profound impact on my life.
Four sizes smaller, 45 pounds less and feeling more like myself in years, I’m emotional thinking back to last year. In a year’s time, I achieved what I couldn’t do on my own—it's become much more than a physical transformation. Still battling a sense of guilt at times to make time for me, I know it’s OUR future--my family, kids and husband that will thank me later. Family is a constant reminder to invest in our health and well-being because what good are you to those you love if you don’t take care of yourself?
Happily, I celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom and we are both embracing health with a new found attitude.
Stop putting off today what you can do tomorrow. You’ll thank yourself later. Who knows - in a year’s time, you could be filming a Medical Weight Loss Clinic commercial like me! What a fun way to celebrate my one year anniversary!