If you think starting a fitness regimen is hard, try keeping one going. Life happens, routines get disrupted and fortunately, Milestone has been there to help me reset, restart and keep my fitness momentum going.
2019 is here and one word typically associated with the New Year is resolution. Resolution by
definition is “a firm decision to do or not to do something; the action of solving a problem, dispute,
or contentious matter.” Resolution comes off to me as something that is started but not usually
stuck with. With the turn of a new year, I like to set new goals not resolutions. Habits, not quick
I’ve noticed the things that overwhelm us during the holidays are really no different from what stresses us out the rest of the year. They’re actually amped-up versions of two life dilemmas we wrestle with any time of year:
The best part of showing up for the University of Louisville Depression Center Conference in November isn't the continuing education credits. It may sound strange, but I was invigorated and inspired by the day-long program focused on the treatment of depression and other mood disorders — including approaches to help families deal with a suicide attempt.
Training in Mindful Eating can help frequent restaurant-goers prevent weight gain, according to a recent study of 35 healthy women aged 40-59 who dined out an average of six times a week. Although the intervention was aimed solely at weight maintenance and not weight gain, participants in the study lost an average of nearly four pounds over six weeks, without cutting back on the number of visits to restaurants.
A diagnosis of diabetes can feel like a death sentence. I remember observing the faces of the participants in a diabetes education program, as the nutritionist described how to gain control of their blood glucose by controlling portions and by eating more nominally- processed foods and fewer sweets, sugary beverages and processed baked goods.
“Changing your lifestyle may feel like a lot of work, but when you consider the health consequences of diabetes, it’s worth the time and effort,” she explained. Although the participants were aware of the need to make changes, I sensed that many of them questioned their ability to do it. Why? Because many of them translated the successful management of diabetes to mean dieting, deprivation and giving up the foods they enjoyed.
Ed has been a member of Milestone since 2004. He knew he needed to exercise, as his occupation necessitates a lot of sitting. So, in order to get active, he came to Milestone because it is in close proximity to his home and gave him no excuse to not exercise. When he first came to Milestone, he met with a personal trainer, Alison Cardoza, in order to learn the basics of how to exercise correctly, proper form for lifting weights, and how to use the cardio and strength training machines. He was sporadic with his exercise schedule at first, attending a few days a week and doing light cardio and light strength training exercises. He eventually hit a plateau in his fitness and was uninspired with his exercise routine. Eventually two years ago, Ed started thinking about his retirement. The thought crossed his mind, “When I retire, I want to be able to do anything I want. I don’t want to be limited in the activities I can do because of my (lack of) fitness.” So, he decided to make a change and go to the next level in his fitness.