Reminiscing about this beautiful day! It’s hard to believe my Bridal Shower was 6 months ago! I feel as I’m getting older the days just go by faster. Lately I don’t know where the weeks begin and end. I pretty much missed the entire summer and pretty soon the Holidays will be here. My dad use to always tell me, as you get older time goes by faster. I completely understand that now. He was the wisest person I knew. Make sure you enjoy every second of each day because it really does go by quickly and before you know it a whole year has come and gone. Who else feels this summer went by too fast?
Happy Wellness Wednesday! I absolutely love my job as a Chiropractor and what I do. Unfortunately I think most people don’t fully understand what Chiropractic Physicians do. We are Primary Care Physicians just like MDs and Dos. Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. We have our own specialties as well. Some of us have a primarily family practice, some deal with athletes and sports injuries, some focus on pediatrics or geriatrics. There are multiple disciplines and specialties.
What I love most is that I can use my hands to get people out of pain immediately vs having to give them a drug or something to mask the pain. Medications have their own place, but 90% of people I can get out of pain or at least 50% less pain in the first visit.
If you’ve seen a Chiropractor in your life, how have they helped you?
Tuesday Tip: If you've ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and love they provide. But did you know that pets also come with some pretty powerful mental and physical health benefits? Dogs in particular can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for a dog can help children grow up more secure and active or provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a dog can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
Dogs More than any other animal, have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. While dogs are able to understand many of the words we use, they’re even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. And like any good human friend, a loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your emotional state and try to understand what you’re thinking and feeling (and to work out when the next walk or treat might be coming, of course). While most dog owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with canine companions, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease.
Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
Playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
Tella has already altered my life in so many positive ways. What do you guys think about dogs?
I love that animal prints are back in. I love leopard! I never give away my animal prints because I know they will always make a comeback! I’m not a huge fan of all animal print, but I think a touch is great. There are lots of cute pieces everywhere right now! I got this top for under $10, such a steal!
Cheers 🥂 to 3 months down! Marriage takes work, a lot of work, at least if you want a great marriage. It’s not always fun and games. There are realities that no one talks about. Sometimes one of you has to work long hours because you have no choice. You are stressed and frustrated. Which means you have to learn to be patient with one another. You’re not going to be together 24/7 having fun because that’s not realistic. My husband is one of the hardest working people I know. He’s been working day and night to finish a project. It’s meant many sleepless nights and long hours. Its meant sacrificing going out with each other and friends because you want more for yourself and your life. It’s not always easy to have to do things without each other, but knowing that you’re so important that your other half is sacrificing his time to give you both a better life means everything. So be patient, supportive and loving with each other. Know that it’s not always going to be perfect and there is no such thing as perfect. Some people may make it look perfect on social media, but usually you don’t have the whole picture. It’s the things you don’t see, the things that don’t get posted, those are real, those count. Focus on yourself and don’t worry about everyone else. Only you two know your journey. What sacrifices have you made in your marriage for the other?
There’s nothing I love more than working out on Saturday mornings. My favorite workouts always involve weight training. If you want a toned body and to burn more fat you need muscle. Cardio is great, but it’s not going to get you toned without weights. Women have such a bad misconception about lifting weights. They think if they pick up a weight they are going to get “bulky.” If only it was that easy! It takes so much time for body builders to get bulky. If you’ve hit a plateau in your training or feel you’re not as tight as you like in certain body areas, weights are the way to go. The heavier the better is my motto. What’s you’re favorite Saturday morning activity?
Friday is finally here! I really don’t know when the weeks start and end anymore! I recently got a puppy and she has kept me pretty busy. I forgot what it’s like to have a puppy and how much work they are. It’s really like having a baby no joke. I’ve been going back and forth about having kids so I thought this would be a great way help me decide and prepare me for kids. I absolutely love dogs and never thought kids were really for me. It’s interesting how as you get older something in you changes and I thought to myself, maybe having a baby wouldn’t be so bad.
Those of you with kids, how have they changed your life? If you could go back would you still have kids?
What makes life fun is the process of figuring it out! It’s through ups and downs that we establish what makes us happy and what doesn’t serve us. You should never think thoughts about yourself that you wouldn’t want coming true. We are always our own worst enemy. It is our responsibility to make ourselves happy. No one can do that for us. When we reach a certain age, we should have figured out what happiness looks like and if you haven’t then you need to decide what is going to make you happy. You have to look at the positive in every situation. A patient told me today “I hate my job! I don’t want to be doing this, but I realized I need to find those positive things about my job and focus on those. I’ve been doing it for 25 years and it wasn’t until I decided to look at the good things about my job that I started being happy about work. Do I love my job, no but I’m good at it, I’m efficient and it serves me well monetarily.” Whatever it is you may be struggling with in life, try focusing on just the positive aspects of it and not the negative. It will make a huge difference in how you see everything. Get to know people you work or interact with on a different level and it may change how you see things. We are what we think about most of the time. One of my favorite quotes is from Brian Tracy: “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
What things do you do for yourself each day to make you happy?
Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone! Today’s Wellness Tip: .Move throughout the day. This is especially for all you 1-hour fitness people! The ones that work out really hard 1 hour a day but spend the rest of the day sitting in a chair?! This is not good for your health. Find ways to get moving. Go for a short walk on your lunch break. Maybe you can ask to have a stand up work station. You can challenge your office to a daily air squats or lunge challenge. You get the point. Find Whatever it is that you like and get moving during the whole entire day! There are plenty of apps or you can set a reminder on your computer or phone every hour or so to remind you to get up, move, stretch and look away from the screen! You can even get a fitness tracker if you don’t already have one to see how many steps you are really getting each day, you might be shocked. Movement is so important for our health. They sat “sitting is the new smoking,” I definitely agree.
If you already do this, what are some things you like to do to keep moving all day?
911 is a day I always remember every year! I can tell you exactly where I was 17 years ago when I heard the news and I can see clearly that moment like it was yesterday. I’m sure most of us still remember every detail. Last year on 911 my husband proposed to me in the most beautiful place in the world. I remember that day very fondly and I think it will be forever imprinted in my mind. 911 is now a bitter sweet memory for me. I realized that the darkest day for 1 person may be the brightest for another. #911 a day I’ll remember for eternity for a sad and beautiful reason. What were you doing on 911?
Happy Monday everyone! I’ve battled with my weight for most of my life. I was surprisingly a skinny child, but around the age of 9 my weight began to climb. It wasn’t until I was about 13 that I started to realize I was overweight. It was thanks to all the bullies and kids who made fun of me for being so fat. In 7th grade, at my heaviest, I weighed a 166 pounds and I was short. My picture from 7th grade looks like Fat Bastard, no joke. My friends who’ve seen it will tell you. It was at that point that I started dieting. I was the youngest kid to go to Jenny Craig. I really didn’t know much about diet, just kind of went with different fads. I’ve tried everything. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to really understand diet and exercise. There’s such a misconception about lifting weights. People think they will get big soon as they pick up a weight. Believe me it doesn’t work that way! I started weight training and absolutely loved it. It’s become my addiction now. I still go up and down in my weight but now I know the right things to eat and the type of exercise I have to do. I’m constantly learning and growing when it comes to nutrition and exercise. I always tell people find an exercise that you love and do it. Maintain a diet you can sustain, make it a lifestyle, so you’re not constantly struggling to get on a new plan. Lifting is also my favorite way to let out stress.
What’s your favorite exercise?
Happy Wellness Wednesday! Today’s tip: Don’t get sucked into all the different fad diets out there. Diets don’t work. Yes you may lose some weight for a little while, but eventually, once you go back to eating like before all the weight will come back and then some. Believe me I tried every diet out there from the age of 14. Losing weight is a lifestyle change. You have to eat in a way that you can always maintain, a process that’s realistic and that you can do on a daily basis every day. It’s ok to have a treat once in a while, we’re all human. Combine that with some exercise and you can maintain the body you want.
What are some crazy fad diets you have all tried?
I recently discovered headbands and I have to say I love them. They are so perfect. You can dress them up or down and if you’re in a rush it’s a great way to give you some style. Who else loves headbands?