CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (7/22/12) – Faces of Wellness is a look into how the employees of Murray-Calloway County Hospital have made a positive health change in their lives, however large-scale or small that may be. As part of a hospital-wide internal wellness initiative, these stories are gathered and then shared to help inspire others to make a positive change.
For many of us, the journey to wellness is not only one that is constantly ongoing but one that has been going on for a long time. It took Christie Arnold many years of fad diets and exercise plans before she was able to consistently keep herself motivated to live a healthier life. Over a long span of time, it can be easy to forget the past failures and past successes when we are so focused on the future. However, Christie found her motivation in looking back to help her move forward.
“I have a journal my friend gave me to use to write down my feelings in the beginning and throughout my journey and when I pick it up and read back through my entries it reminds me why I started this journey and why it’s something I must continue to do,” she said.
Being able to look back at her earlier trials and errors helped Christie see where she needed to improve and simply just reminded her how far she had come. In 2008 she was preparing for LAP Band surgery and had to review her weight totals for the previous 5 years. During her time with her doctor, she said they both were surprised when looking at the trends and how they contributed to her diabetes, high cholesterol and other diagnosis.
“When the nurse handed me the paper with my weight totals the first thing I said was ‘Did we not look at the scale at all during any of these visits!?’ and she said ‘I was thinking the same thing!’” she said.
Christie was able to use her surgery as a kick start to wellness, and said it was a good tool to give her the extra push to eat right and exercise.
When talking about her current wellness journey however, Christie is quick to point out that it’s still a daily battle and she has many “slips.”
“The journey will never end. I have daily, even by the minute, slips but you have to try and not kick yourself about it and instead pick yourself up and start over,” she said. “I have had many ups and downs and will continue to do so, but when I see my numbers and when I am able to walk from one end of town to the other without taking a break … well, that keeps me going.”
Christie has several quotes she likes to keep fresh in her mind, including “A slip is not a fall,” “If you fall off the wagon, get back on” and “Cutting corners only cuts yourself short.” She said the last one she uses especially when she is walking the path around the Center for Health and Wellness and is tempted to cut across the back parking lot to get to the other side quicker.
To others trying to improve their wellness, Christie offers this: “Best of luck to each and all. Find whatever motivates you and keep on trucking.”
Information provided by Kyser Lough
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