Recently several people around me have had health wake up calls. These scary moments were big wake up calls that have changed behaviors toward the right direction.
One person ended up missing several days of work due to stress related illness. One person reached a weight where the doctor suggested surgery and they have decided on weight loss surgery. One person discovered they have diabetes and will need treatment to control it. One person felt like they were having symptoms of a heart attack.
All of these people had their health suffering to the point where it affected their daily life in a very negative way.
All of the wake up calls were different for each person but they all left with the same message: I have to do something about my health.
I recently had my own little mini wake up call as well. My wakeup call came the other day when my knees hurt going up the stairs. I’ve had knee problems before (and my mom just had knee replacement surgery), so I understand when I have knee pain after running or high impact exercises. But a daily task like walking up stairs? Oh no! Despite weighing less than I previously did, my body still needs carry less around to relieve my knees. It was minor in the grand scheme of things but still a wake up call that I have more to do health-wise.
I’m super encouraged by all the people around me making changes in their life and health after having these types of wake up calls.
I’m joining in and trying to be encouraging as well because I know a health scare and wake up call is nothing to mess with. If you are to the point where you body is failing in some way – it’s time to make a change. I’m hoping to do another AdvoCare Challenge soon with some of these friends and find other ways to help out too – like organizing active group activities instead of ones where the main activity is sitting.
I’m very body positive and even more so as I’ve gotten older. I think you can look good and feel good at almost any weight. However. When it comes to your health? Maybe it’s not just about size.
When it comes down to staying overweight or living another 30 years with your loved ones, when it comes down to waist size or participating in daily life… it’s not about being accepting of your body.
It’s about making the right choice to save your health and save your life.
Health wake up calls can be terrifying. They can also be life changing.
Have you had a health scare and wake up call before? What did you change?