Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Its that time of year again!

The food, oh the food. Every time I turn around there is food.  I gained 3 pounds from Thanksgiving weekend, and I did not eat any sweets.  Its crazy how quickly the calories add up and the pounds go on.  I gave up sweets and bread in April, as I realized that my emotional eating needs had turned into a habit.  I no longer ate because I could not control my emotions, I ate because I had not admitted to myself how miserable I was by continuing this bad habit. 

Have you ever stopped to think about food as an addiction?  In my opinion, a food addiction is a different kind of addiction, as there are no 30/60/90 days sober.  In my case, my food addiction started when I suffered a life-altering trauma when I was an adolescent.  I was lonely and in pain, and I needed a source of comfort.  Unfortunately, food became my best friend and continued to be so until this year.   My emotional eating caused a great deal of pain in my life, as I have spent...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Its ok, you can be selfish.  I say this to a lot of women I work with.  Just because you decide to do something for you; doesn’t mean you are a bad mom or a bad wife.   It is ok to sometimes just choose YOU!

Yes, I know that this is a crazy concept.  There is a lot of pressure to be perfect and to have the perfect family.  But at what cost?   If you are working so hard to make sure everyone else in your life is great, you are bound to suffer.

I am serious.  You are a strong woman, I know you handle a lot.   I know you put a lot on your shoulders.  At some point, if you don’t take care of you, those shoulders are going to break or weaken.   

I have had conversations with some women I work with talking about who they were before they were married and had kids.  No, I don’t mean all the fun and late nights.  I mean want were you like?  What did you stand for?  What was a priority for you then?  Did you have “me” time?  Did you take care...

At some point in most of our lives, a loved one is going to need care. Yet being a caregiver is not something one typically thinks about or one that can be easily prepared for.  It begins with a diagnosis- often a surprise – then leads into the initial shock, acknowledgement then acceptance of an unexpected disease someone you love now has. For my family, it was Parkinson’s Disease.   

Some years ago, I clearly remember being at work and receiving a phone call from my husband who had just been to a neurology appointment.  “I have Parkinson’s Disease” he said into the telephone and “the Doctor says it’s a progressive and debilitating disease. I remember verbalizing back the platitudes – “I’m here with you.”  “We’ll beat this.” “We won’t let it get us down.”    I should have gone with him, I thought.  But who expected this?  When I got off the phone, those two words kept coming back to me – progressive and debilitating.  Boy, that didn’t sound good.  The word “caregiver” di...

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