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I read a blog called Cordelia Calls It Quits.  I recently left a comment there about how I “quit” choosing health problems, and instead chose to solve them.

I have re-posted that comment here:

I walk 3 miles a day, drink plenty of water, and eat smaller portions (the small plate instead of the big plate, NO seconds). I eat 3 times a day on a schedule.

Gluten free (check with a doctor first), no soda ever, NO ice cream or cakes or pies (if you need a sweet, a couple of small pieces of candy ONCE a day won’t hurt you — assuming you can eat candy at all), and at least 30 minutes of “down” time before bed.

And always involve your doctor when you feel it’s appropriate.

I’ve lost 74 lbs in 12 months (from March 2011 – April 2013), and kept it off.

I don’t say this to brag.

I say this, because it isn’t hard at all to do. You just have to want to do it.

They aren’t something you can check off of a list, they are a new lifestyle. The lifestyle is the key part of that statement.

You don’t “eat better” … you want to be healthy … you don’t “want to try this walking thing” … you want to be healthy … you don’t “try to find ways you can cheat” … you simply choose not to as part of your lifestyle.

It’s a choice. When you boil it down, it’s a choice.

So it’s time to choose. You can do what I did, and wait until some wake up call makes the choice for you … or you can choose now and avoid that wake up call. But the choice is yours and yours alone.

I quit (following the theme of this blog) choosing the health problems, and instead chose to solve them.

The post I commented on, which I also suggest you read, is here.

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Oh thank God…the flu shot is back on the airwaves.

Walgreen’s is running a pressure-packed TV spot about getting your flu shot this year, of course advertising that they offer it, and you should get it (to keep everyone safe).

Man, I don’t know what I would do if there wasn’t a major corporation spending major ad dollars (in a recession) to tell me/pressure me into getting the flu shot.

I mean, since it’s so important, I’m glad Walgreen’s is airing that commercial to make sure everyone across the U.S. is pressured/informed about the fact that it’s time to get jabbed.

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If this shot was so effective (it isn’t IMO), and the world was going to end if we don’t get it (as the companies pushing it make it seem), why does it have to be advertised and “pushed” so heavily to get people to take it?

If it’s so good for you, why don’t the drug companies put it on the market, and take full liability for any lawsuits that may arise.  Why do they have to pressure people into getting a shot?  In the past, good things are widely accepted, and consumed by the general public…and this flu shot isn’t.  Why not?

Think about this today, and obviously I’m not a doctor, I’m just thinking out loud in this post… so don’t take any of this as medical advice, draw your own conclusions and do your own research…to make your own decisions about your medical situation.

Really.  Flu shots are being put together again already?

But thank heavens, the H1N1 panic-demic virus isn’t one of the flu strains going around. Whew!

(sarcasm dripping from the keyboard)

Just take care of yourself everyone.