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Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.....

Monday, January 26, 2015

If you've been on a plane, you've heard it... put the oxygen mask on yourself first.

It sounds selfish - until you take a minute to think about it and rationalize it and convince yourself that it is not a selfish act, but a smart one.

We all have people in our lives who rely on us - our children, our spouses, significant others, elderly parents, friends, co-workers, employers, our pets - the list goes on and on and on, heck, then there are the things - the housework, the yard work, the laundry and the list continues to grow!

Well guess what people/things? I'm sorry but if you are on the above list, today you will have to figure it out because this girl is putting on her oxygen mask first. No guilt, no shame. Inhale, exhale, breathe - it is OK!

I can't tell you the number of times I have dropped the plans I made with myself - to eat healthy, to exercise, to sit in the hot tub and relax - because someone else needed.... self care went out the window. I am dead last on my list of important people/things. I tell myself so many lies about what I am going to do, which always seems to get trumped by someone/thing..... that it is a miracle I even believe myself any more!

I have downplayed obesity for a long time. I don't like to say the word. I don't like to consider myself obese. I don't like the harsh reality of the health consequences that go along with obesity - diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, joint deterioration, and on the list goes. I don't like the way people react to the word obesity or the guilt and shame I feel when I say the word. I prefer to sugar coat it, to think of myself as overweight, not obese.

When I was growing up I wanted to be a lot of things - a cowgirl with red cowgirl boots and a spotted horse, a baton twirler in a parade, Miss America, a writer, a teacher, even a nun - but no where on that list was obese. That was something I never aspired to be - but here I am... obese II. The image I had of myself was no where near the image that looks back at me from the mirror.

I can lose weight. I know how. I have done it before! I just can't seem to keep it off. Those diets end and the weight comes back. Those unhealthy attempts at losing weight were like putting a bandaid on a wound that required a tourniquet. Quick fixes that would not last or help me in the long run. Quick fixes that appeared to work while slowly inside my health was deteriorating. Well, it's time to properly heal.

Fact: Obesity decreases my chances of living a long, healthy life.
Fact: I want to live a long, healthy life.

Time to take off the rose colored glasses and put on the oxygen mask Barb. Take care of yourself. Do the things you need to do to become healthier so that you have a chance to be around to help others, not just today - but in the future. Don't wait until you lose your health, change now!

No more lies to yourself. There is nothing more important! I am sure all those people and things on that list will agree, they can wait!

There is no tomorrow. There is no later. There is only right now. No more excuses, no more chances, no more gambling. Do it. Do it for yourself. It is not a selfish act!
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    emoticon if we don't put ourselves first when it comes to our health, eventually we won't be there for those who need us, and instead, we will be a burden to them. indeed, put that oxygen mask on first - take care of yourself so *then* you can take care of the others.
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  • FRAN0426
    Great blog, great advice
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    emoticon and I say it I am obese and then your doctor comes to you and say you are obese and killing yourself in the long run you will need surgery to loose weight if you don't fix it while healthy. I see it in my family at least 3 members I know have had gastric bypass if they didn't they would not make it much longer cause of to many problems.So I agree we need to know there is a problem and fix it now. emoticon
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    Nothing would break your family's hearts more than to have to carry on without you. The most loving thing you can do for them is take care of your self.
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  • no profile photo CD12785407
    Well said... you hit the nail on the head!
    2341 days ago
    Very good advice.
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