Monday, March 12, 2012

The Doctors

While reading this month’s Self magazine, I read an article where they interviewed the doctors from the show The Doctors, asking them 5 questions.  I thought those 5 questions would be a great way to write a blog.  So, here it goes.

What’s your mantra?
I don’t really have one, but I guess I do tell myself not to worry about any occasional slip ups like when I have a binge session.  And I am constantly trying to figure out better ways to do things…especially when it comes to my binge eating as it is a recurring problem for me.  Something I’ve come up with quite recently is when I feel a binge urge, I will take myself a 15 minute walk around my apartment complex taking away my ability to access food, which should be enough time for the binge urge to pass and I’ll be “safe” to reenter my apartment where there is food available to me.  And Dr. Stork’s answer is a really good one that I whole-heartedly agree with: “If the majority of my choices are healthy, I’m good to go.”

How do you fit it all in?
I like to work out as much as I can.  For instance, tomorrow I have 3 hours of exercise planned: 2 hrs of cycling (either outdoors or on a stationary bike at the gym) and 1 hr of circuit training at the gym.  On days that I work, I work 12 hr shifts and am away from home for about 14 hrs.  It can be really difficult to fit in any exercise on days that I work.  But I make it a point, as soon as I get home in the evening, to pop in an exercise dvd or turn on my Xbox Kinect and get 30-40 minutes of exercise.  Sure, it means I’m eating dinner at 8pm, only an hour before I go to bed, but since losing 23.4 lbs so far this year, I no longer have a problem with acid reflux, so eating right before bed isn’t a problem for me.  So, basically, I make exercise my number one priority.  If I don’t, I won’t do it, simple as that.

What’s your worst habit?
Binge eating.  Seriously.  When I get a binge urge, it takes over total control and I am literally helpless against it.  I can’t stop myself.  Like I mentioned before, I’ve been trying to think of ways to avert it and distract myself when it comes up and I really think that taking that 15 minute walk when I feel the urge begin will make all the difference in the world for me.

What’s your best habit?
I’d have to say making exercise my number one priority. 

What do you wish people knew about their health?
That it’s all in their control.  If you’re tired all the time, exercise, it will give you energy.  If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or are just overweight, exercise and eat right and you will notice a difference quicker than you think you would.

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