I’ve been banished up to the office by my kids. I can’t believe it. Here I have spent the last 6 weeks….no make that probably 8, shopping, planning, cooking, baking, organizing and orchestrating what I think was a stellar holiday…only to have the little effers banish me… and very harshly I might add. And for what you ask? Because I can’t get John Lennon’s “And So This is Christmas” song out of my head. I sing it incessantly, in my head and out loud, in the car, and at the check-out at Loblaws (hopefully not too loud there). It is driving me insane…and I guess everyone else too. Part of the problem, besides having very little musical talent, is that I don’t know the words. I fill in with a whole lot of ‘la la’s’. So I went on-line and looked up the lyrics and boy…what a moving song it is and what a great lyricist John Lennon was.
I think this particular time of year…when the rush of Christmas is over and the needles are starting to fall off the tree…can be a little depressing if you let it. Most of us have probably come down with varying degrees of the ‘Christmas Flu’ that brings with it that overall feeling of lethargy and tiredness which is directly related to the over consumption of decadent foods, extra alcohol and incredible amounts of Toblerone chocolate. (If I were a conspiracy theorist I would believe that the Swiss impregnate those bars with some sort of addictive drug akin to heroin. Or maybe they put a micro chip in there that when swallowed makes you crave more…hmmm….maybe its not so crazy a thought…I could see the Swiss doing that…).
Well its time to get off our butts and kick the Christmas Flu to the curb.
I hear so many incredible stories from my patients. I have met the most remarkable people from all walks of life thanks to my job and I am so very thankful for that. One of the things that will often be brought up in our conversations is that notion of the ‘Bucket List‘, made famous by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
Personally I think Bucket Lists are great motivating tools. Something that bothers me however is that more often than not when I ask patients what they have on their Bucket List “to lose weight” or “to get down to xxx lbs” is in the top 3 . Success is not just measured by the number on the scale. How about adding to the top of your Bucket List something along the lines of “to be healthier”, “to be able to go sledding with my kids”, “to feel strong enough to help at the food bank”…all of these things will in the end result in a healthier body and a happier you.
Now look back at this past year and ask yourself ‘what have I done’? Have I been actively working towards attaining these goals or have I allowed myself to just coast along day-to-day? If you are coasting and not reaching your goals ask yourself why and do something about it. Write down the reasons. Analyze what you need to do to get things working again. No one but you is going to do this for you. You have this great tool that can HELP you, but you know that YOU are the one who has to make it happen. If you feel your band is not functioning properly contact your clinic. You should NEVER be afraid or ashamed to contact your clinic. If you are not feeling well physically or mentally/emotionally seek some help. Start this new year off right. Be good to yourself.
Honestly as Canadians we have to agree that we have SO much to be thankful for. The older I get the more proud I am to be able to call myself Canadian. We have a health care system that is accessible by all regardless of socioeconomic status. We have a financial system that is the envy of all countries. We have gun control…we can send our kids to school knowing that they will come home to us at the end of the day. WE ARE SO FREAKING FORTUNATE.
I look under that shedding tree and I see so much STUFF. It’s not as much stuff as some households but its a whole lot more than others. It’s all relative. And I think…(and sing, oiy here I go again) “and so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun”. I can’t help but sing those words and feel very small. John Lennon sang for world peace, for love among all the races and he asks us, another year is over…what have we done? Personally my bucket list always includes trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Without our health we have nothing. And I’m sure as heck no saint but like all of you I do try to lead a good life. But I promise you I’m going to try harder (if I put it in writing I have to do it!). I think its important to have Bucket Lists but I think it’s equally important to think outside of ourselves as well.
And so I wish to all of you….
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Lets hope its a good one
Without any fear. ~John Lennon
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Sue (Happy 2013)