Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Post

I recently was approached to have a guest post to my blog. Her name is Emily Walsh & she is a Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. 

Here is her Link if you would like to follow & see more posts from her.

I enjoyed reading Emily's post a lot mostly because my Hubby & I have started a life style change, which includes exercise & change in the way we eat. We are making changes to ensure that our children also grow up with our healthy choices for life.
For me I have about 60 pounds to lose since the birth of your 2nd child. I have started doing Calorie counting.  I use a great App on my smart phone, It helps me to stay in bounds and know what is going into my body.  It really is amazing when you start tracking it. 
I have also started a few different exercise Apps, like Map my Run & 5k running. MY goal beyond losing the weight is to finally run in a 5k. My handsome Sailor has also been on the track for a healthy life style & has encouraged me that If I get enough endurance he will also run in the 5k with me!! :)
What goals & lifestyle changes are you making?
THanks for stopping by to Read a great Post!

How Obesity Has an Impact on Veterans
Veterans often have to deal with some life-altering conditions. Mesothelioma, PTSD and depression are just to name a few of the conditions veterans may have to deal with in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is an even bigger problem that veterans are now having to face. This problem has to do with their weight and the fact that they may be developing type two diabetes because of their new lifestyle as a civilian. Weight gain for veterans is incredibly common because of their change going from an active military serviceman or woman to a normal civilian who is disabled or works a normal, sedentary job.
If you're a veteran who's dealing with weight gain or weight-related problems, remember that your problem can be changed. Excess weight can be lost by following the right diet and exercise program. If you find that you're eating too much throughout the day or are eating foods that are high in calories and fat, you need to make changes to the way that you eat. The best way to do this is by making small and gradual changes that you'll be able to stick to. Changing afternoon sweets and snacks out for fruits or dark chocolate covered fruits is a great way to make a healthy change.
Another thing you should be doing to lose weight and become healthier is to simply exercise more. Many veterans go from living a very active lifestyle to one that is relatively sedentary. You do not have to work out as much as you did in the military, but it is a good idea to exercise a little bit each day. This could be as simple as taking a walk around the block to something more intense like joining a local gym or lifting weights on a set that you've purchased for the home.
One of the major reasons why veterans gain weight over time is also because of stress and anxiety. Many veterans also deal with major depression that often cripples them on a daily basis. The best way to take care of these issues is to speak with a therapist or to begin going to support groups. If you'd rather not attend a local meeting for veterans, there are quite a number of support groups online that you can definitely make use of. You will notice that this helps you tremendously when it comes to copping with stress and living a more care-free life.
You should also schedule regular trips to your doctor to make sure that you are doing well and that your health is in good shape. Your doctor will be able to run physicals and blood tests to ensure that you are as healthy as possible. Only your doctor will be able to recommend and advise you on certain programs designed to help you lose weight. It does not hurt to try to lose weight and become healthier. You do not have to be as physically fit as you were in the military, but you should at least be the healthiest you can possibly be at this point in your life.

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