Thoughts on getting healthy -- Lost in a Labyrinth: Getting Healthy Isn’t a Straight Shot

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-05-16 18:03:32 -0500
Started 2014-04-04 00:41:34 -0500

I get this email every day entitled Nerd Fitness and today's topic was so good I thought I'd share it with y'all: ~

Wonder what you thought about it. Is getting healthy a easy, staight shot? or something else? How would you describe your struggle to get more healthy?

It is "food for thought" which has no carbs or calories but may be beneficial to our overall physical and mental health.

God's best to all of you!

James Baker

45 replies

BB42 2014-04-08 08:36:23 -0500 Report

Wonderful article. Thanks so much for sharing. There is so much truth about life being a labyrinth. I am almost 72 years old and have been fortunate enough to have many friends. Life gave no one I know a "Father Knows Best" ( for you oldies) a straight shot to happiness. Lots of very bad twists and turns are presented and, to coin a term, we have to face and deal with . Much like being healthy. Full of starts and stops. Not being frustrated will win out in the end. But, like anything worhtwhile, it takes fortitude and work

jayabee52 2014-04-08 14:47:41 -0500 Report

Howdy BB
I am only 62 and I feel the same way. I have had some really tough times medically and sometimes I feel like I am 82. But I keep plugging away, and keep an open mind (but not so open that my brains fall out! LoL!) I am even open to the possibility of a new relationship with a lady I met here on DC (more on that later).

Yes anything worthwhile doesn't come easy.

God's best to you and yours BB


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-04-05 23:21:44 -0500 Report

Hey James,

This is a great article. Thanks a lot for sharing it. The idea of a labyrinth is really interesting. It implies gradually circling in on your goal, pacing yourself, staying focused, taking whatever time it takes.

Really a good image.


Harriett 2014-04-05 16:38:19 -0500 Report

For me losing weight and staying healthy is a struggle everyday. I read about different exercises and diets but what is the best for me. I am a " Right Hemi." and I need to find exercises that are comfortable to perform.

haoleboy 2014-04-08 14:56:43 -0500 Report

"Right Hemi" I like that and gonna use it.
it is a challenge finding exercises that work … I do weight/resistance training but find I tend to get a bit 'asymmetric' ;)


Harriett 2014-04-08 16:51:01 -0500 Report

I had a stroke 15 years ago and my right side was affected. I learned to walk with a cane but my hand has been severely compromised.

haoleboy 2014-04-08 17:13:17 -0500 Report

I'm a left hemi. 15 months since my stroke.
I use a trekking pole for distance. Still working on improving left hand function. Was fortunate … no speech or cognitive issues.


Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-06 19:44:38 -0500 Report

Go to my disscusion go to Weight Loss by Sara Bajger and join us.

jayabee52 2014-04-07 02:44:58 -0500 Report

I went there Sara, There is nothing there you offer which could possibly help Harriet with her "right Hemi" (a brain stroke)

But I did note that you asked for my meal plan there, I provided it to you free of charge. Hey I am kinda radical that way!


Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-04-04 18:33:45 -0500 Report

I am always reading and hearing about exercise and eating right, but there is another very important health changing event and that is getting enough sleep. Most of us don't get enough sleep, or maybe that is just me.

Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-04 17:55:08 -0500 Report

I don't know who removes post but I shared what I have been doing and taking for weight loss and someone removed it. So why post if someone is going to remove it.

Harriett 2014-04-05 16:43:05 -0500 Report

Please tell me your advice, I could use some help losing weight.

Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-06 18:49:49 -0500 Report

No I am not I am sorry for peoples ignorance that why they say ignorance is bliss. When you share what you do and what you take what am I selling so if I say get the Ketone Rasberry Breeze from Nutrition Depot am I selling.?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-05 19:30:57 -0500 Report

Harriet she is trying to sell a product which cannot be done on this site. That is why her post is taken down.

jayabee52 2014-04-05 11:57:40 -0500 Report

Sara, I told you other places that what you posted would be taken down if you were attempting to sell something, attempting to get free advertising, which to me it seemed that you were. (this is not my first time at the rodeo)

Aparrently the admins agreed and the offending post was taken down.

Just read and follow the terms of use and you shouldn't have much more trouble with disappearing posts.

I do not have trouble with telling what one does or takes for weight loss, the problem as I see it is the contact info by which you attempt to use to sell the product(s) about which you write.

Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-06 18:55:37 -0500 Report

What ever. You are the ones depriving people of knowledge and not educating them correctly. Okay tell me jayabee52 what have you used for weight loss.?

jayabee52 2014-04-07 02:30:12 -0500 Report

Aparrently, Sara, you haven't been around DC for much time at all, because I am quite an active poster and share informaion on a regular basis. I do it out of the motive of helping people better manage their Diabetes, NOT because I wish to sell someone something!

As far as what I have used for weight loss, (I don't TAKE any suppliment for weight loss) I have lost 65 lbs over the course of 5 months in 2011, and have kept it off, for these interviening 3 years by the use of a high protein, low carbohydrate meal plan. I wrote this meal plan into a discussion and offer it to people when they express that they want to lose fat.(BTW that discussion is available to you should you ask for it)

Dozens of people have requested it and I give it freely without thought of compensation. It is a longer term fix which tends to stay with a person longer term.

I contrast. what I do with what you try to do: sell quick fixes in a bottle, which once consumed is gone and often the problem is back again with a vengance! And of course you are there to sell them another round of the same or similar bottled suppliments for more money. Quite a little racket, Sara!

You instruct people in what to take short term. I try to instruct people for living life long term.

BTW you have my permission to call me James.

jayabee52 2014-04-04 13:15:42 -0500 Report

Just to let y'all know that this is a duplicate post and I had asked this one be taken down.

So sorry that your wonderful posts will be lost when that happens!

Look to another post of the same title posted a little earlier and please comment there much appreciated!

GabbyPA 2014-04-04 13:10:49 -0500 Report

My life is a maze! I love this analogy. It's very much how I work. I know I want to get out of the puzzle and I do run into a lot of dead ends. Just keep on trying. It is nice to know that I am not alone.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-04 09:40:26 -0500 Report

I do not view getting more healthy as a struggle. It becomes a struggle if you choose to make it one. Life isn't always easy. There are choices each person has to make. If you want to live healthy you will find a way to do it. If you choose to put others in charge of you having good health then you may want to live healthy but you are going to do as little as possible to get there.

There are people who are going to find a way to get past the obstacles in life and keep forging ahead. There are those who are going to get to the obstacle and ask for help to get around it. Then there are those who are simply going to give up. Stronger people are always going to find a way. They step up to the challenge. Those not as strong are going to get help or do nothing. The fact of the matter is they made those choices.

For those of us who are not lost in a labyrinth it is because we want to be healthy , who what to thrive and have a very productive life which means it is a straight shot for us. For those lost in the labyrinth they either won't find help, constantly ask for help or simply prefer to live with the choices they have made no matter how good or bad they are.

Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-06 19:05:54 -0500 Report

Now you are talking like a therapist. What did you not understand about her question she runs into dead ends. She is struggling, she has obstacales you are telling her that she is weak they are looking for help and alternatives what are you providing other than a lecture and these people have heard lectures all there lives. From family, friends, co-workers etc. what help are you giving here.

jayabee52 2014-04-07 04:04:57 -0500 Report

actually Sara, joyce was responding to the original post not necessarily to Gabby. (I know it is confusing the way the site is set up) and was intended tor everyone to consider. She offered mucn more than quick fix suppliments do. Joyce tends to give tough love which many of us need at times, Thank you for complimenting her calling what she wrote "talking like a therapist".


Chris_1 2014-04-04 05:06:56 -0500 Report

I have always thought that life is a challenge. Most of us are born with the will to live and thrive. As we get knocked down by life's challenges some of us give up, slowly. Some have harder challenges than others. Some give up more easily. I look at it this way, if you don't have what you want you have to work for it. No one is going to give you good health. If you want it, it is going to take work. Watch what you eat, exercise, sleep. Maybe, if life's challenges don't get in your way you will achieve your goals.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-04 10:07:50 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%. No one is going to give you good health anymore than you were guaranteed good health when you were born. You have to work for something you don't have. You have to find ways to build on what you have to make it better. You also have to learn that no one is going to "give" you anything.

You have to get up every morning and face challenges that come your way. You can't depend on others to move what is in your path. No one can hold you back but you. If you want to live healthy, take steps to do so. There will be times when you won't have someone to support you. learn to be self supportive. You are not going to always have someone to motivate you. Learn to motivate yourself. You are not going to always have someone to depend on so depend on yourself. It is your health and your life. It is up to each person to choose how to live that life. No one, not your parents, your friends or family can make that decision for you.

Sara Bajger
Sara Bajger 2014-04-06 19:13:45 -0500 Report

Again another therapist lecture No one is going to give them anything what do you call my methods of losing weights (knowledge) No support they need to have someone accountable for them to help. Learn to motivate yourself thats a good one. These people need motivators, someone they can call and say I had a bad week, a bad day, I fell of the wagon. Are you going to be there for them. JJ

jayabee52 2014-04-07 04:10:49 -0500 Report

That is what we DO here sara! We instruct, comfort when someone is down, give a tough love kick in the pants when needed, and give inspiration to help folks along in life. I am in contact with people over the phone when needed (contact info exchanged by private mail between friends here) We do that here without the hope that we will sell anything, because we have nothing to sell.

jayabee52 2014-04-04 01:14:01 -0500 Report

This is an inadvertent duplicate.

I have requested this one be taken down. So if you wish to comment please post on the previously posted discussion. This one will go bye bye and everything will go with it.

jeopardy3 2014-04-04 07:09:58 -0500 Report

What are you talking about jayabee52? I did not see the other discussion you are referring to. is it the one above this one? no it's not easy being a diabetic but after 46 years I think I have been there and done that and I am still here. yes it's work and it is a healthier way of living. as a matter of fact a lot of people now days are eating the same way we have to because it is healthier. But it's not by choice but because it is Dr. ordered!!

jayabee52 2014-04-04 12:29:38 -0500 Report

it is certainly there, because I just posted on it. Don't know which will be deleted, but I asked for this one to be. so don't be surprised to see this all gone eventually.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-04 09:46:12 -0500 Report

When it comes to my health I eat the way I do because I choose to do so. Diabetes is easy for me because I choose to make it easy for me. I have never said it is hard to be diabetic and I will never say that. My diabetes is under control. My doctor is proud of what I have done and wishes more of his patients would do what I have done. My doctor does not order me to do anything. We discuss my health and the final decisions are mine not his. This is my life and I don't intend to sit back and let things happen I am an active participant. Diabetes is not my main focus in my life. I have it, it does not have me. I am always looking for more things to do and I keep a very positive outlook on life. Misery is not a friend of mine and I don't plan on making it a friend.

samarie 2014-04-04 08:41:17 -0500 Report

When it comes to my health I do what is necessary. I eat the way I do not because I "have" to. It's because I want to and I feel good and my diabetes is under control. Just an added bonus, I've lost all the weight I gained when I quit smoking. Yep, it's all good !!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-04 09:47:12 -0500 Report

Kudos to you. A positive outlook on life assists with making life better. Congrats on your weight loss, stopping smoking and having your diabetes under control.

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