Weekend Wellness: Change is Hard

We all have said it "change is hard"...yet sometimes the place we get stuck in before we actually start to change, is the hardest part.  I asked someone I am have recently been inspired by to write about her current journey and HER change...I hope this will help those of you who are trying to take a step towards a healthier life know that no matter how young or old your age is...you can change if you want to...want is the key word here...

Hi, my name is Jill.  I'm writing a guest column this week, because of my incredible epiphany while spending some time with Tammy a few weeks ago.

Tammy has been encouraging me to eat a plant-based food plan for years.  It fell on deaf ears, because I did not want to give up fast food and sweets.  Did I know that those were not healthy choices?  Of course I did, but...........I had a reason why it just wasn't easy, convenient, or "for me.”  When I was threatened with meds for high cholesterol and blood sugar, was over feeling tired and depressed, and completely fed up with being overweight (we're talking 35-40 lbs, not those pesky 5 to 10 lbs), the emotions finally caught up with the intellect and I was ready to go for it!   My light bulb went on, after it had been on "dim" for years.   It was so easy, it's amazing that I protested so much.  The results have been transforming.  I've lost 8 lbs, (in just 2 and 1/2 weeks) the bloating, fatigue, depression are in the past and I'm off anti-depressants and blood pressure meds (with Doctor's approval).  I know, I sound like a televangelist (if you only knew me, you'd be laughing)!  

The other factor in this transformation, has been daily exercise.  You knew that was coming, didn't you!  I'm going to be 74 in November, so we're not talking marathon bike rides and the like.  So far, I'm just walking 30 minutes a day (with some hills) and I really enjoy it.  For the present, I'll just work at increasing the length of the walks and, perhaps, expand my venues later on.  

I'm eternally grateful that I was finally ready to do this.  Without the support of a person who was my advocate and cared enough to challenge me for the better, it never would have happened.  I am inspired and hope to inspire others now as my transformation is in process.

I hope that my story will inspire someone else, especially someone my age, not to EVER give up!!  I feel better now in only a few short weeks than I have in decades.