Miracles VS. Realistic Expectations

Miracles they could happen, I guess. Often times my patients have unrealistic expectations, such as they’ve had a specific pain for two months and expect it to go away after just one treatment. This is unrealistic, chiropractic works with your body to make physiologic changes. You can’t expect to diet one day and lose 40 pounds or do 10 push-ups and have super strong arms. The same is true with chiropractic; when we adjust you, work on your muscles and give you exercises to strengthen and stabilize you have to realize that this is for your long-term health benefit. Will help in the short-term, of course it will. Now this is all easier said than done even for me. Right now as I struggle with this squishy post pregnancy body I have to remind myself that it took me 10 months to look like this it’s not going to take me two months to look like I did before. And I will confess that when I knew that we were going to start trying to have a baby I sort of let myself go. I stopped exercising regularly, I had more happy hours with my friends, had too much processed foods and overall just did not take good care of myself. So before even got pregnant I was 20 pounds heavier than I normally am and then tack on the 50 pounds that I gained during pregnancy and you can see my dilemma. I can feel the strong athlete inside this body; I just have to get her back out. My former athletic self would be shocked at where I’ve let myself go to. But I’m putting myself back in the driver seat of my health. I am setting realistic expectations and doing realistic changes that I can maintain for my life. Could I crash diet and lose 40 pounds really quick? Of course I could, but how long with those pounds really stay off and to what expense to my health. Studies actually show that yo-yo dieting/crash dieting is actually more detrimental to your health then being slightly overweight. So here’s my plan to get my strong body back. No more sweets, I don’t really need that cookie. Exercise at least four days a week where my heart rate goes up for a period of time. I know that if I start with just one step I’ll get to that 10,000.

Samantha Schmeltzer

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