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Posted on 03-28-2014

I just wanted to share a personal story with everyone to encourage you that, YES, we all are human! The story begins with me getting back into a normal exercise routine. We all know it's not easy. It's hard to find the time to make it happen. However we all know that if we want to live a healthy life we need to exercise. My sporadic evening routine just wasn't cutting it, everything just kept getting in the way. This pushed exercise to the back burner more and more. So after much, much…MUCH internal angst I came to the inevitable conclusion I dreaded.

I had to get up earlier (it still hurts just reading it).

Seems simple right? Well I haven't always been known as the best morning person. This can be illustrated by what happened when I shared this story with my dad. Upon getting to the aforementioned, "I'm not the best morning person" part my dad scoffed, "No kidding!" Thanks dad, appreciate that one. But when it comes down to it I have to admit, he's known me a long time and he's right. No matter how I looked at the situation the final conclusion was the same…

Doing what I was doing wasn't working so I had to try something else.

Absolutely prophetic isn't it? Well sometimes the simplest answers are the best ones (even if you don't like the answer). So I heroically set my alarm for a time I didn't think existed and got geeked up for some exercise…or so I thought. Turns out this hero didn't do so hot. I was, however, an expert at using the snooze button - oops. This went on for TWO WEEKS - double oops. It wasn't until I took extreme action that I saw results. I moved the alarm to the other side of the room. We've gone from prophetic to pathetic! But guess what? It worked! Now when it blares in the morning I have to get up to turn it off. As I'm standing there in the dark, staring at my alarm yelling at me; the idea of hitting snooze and crawling back into bed is JUST embarrassing enough to get me to the gym.

The important thing is I found what works for me. I had to CREATE the time for this essential activity because it wasn't in my schedule before. You need to find whatever works for you. It's never too late to start a healthy activity. But the sooner you start the quicker it will begin to return dividends in the form of positive reinforcement. I won't lie to you, the first few days of this were brutal. I was tired, cranky, and asking myself why in the world would I trade a warm bed for a cold car. However knowing I'm making myself healthier every day is worth every decibel of that alarm going off. So as you forge forward keep in mind that you're human! You'll make some mistakes and hit some bumps along the way (you might even hit a few snooze buttons too). The important thing is to find your "X" factor and do what you know needs to be done! If I can help in any way let me know, good luck!

Yours in good health,
Dr. Stephan Skalnican, DC

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