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March 2010

My Name is Ericka

Hi.  My name is Ericka, and I’m a doctor.  Do they have tea instead of coffee at this meeting?  LOL.  If there really was a support group for doctors, I would definitely check it out.  Back to the real world.  I am a doctor.  I spend my days being an agent of change.  I have the honor of looking into people’s eyes and seeing their souls. As I psychiatrist, I am intimately acquainted with how physical health, mental health, and spiritual health are intertwined.  As with food, there’s much more than just the packaging.  I’m not here on this blog to be your doctor, but I am here to share my thoughts which are influenced by my experience of witnessing so many aspects of the human condition and observing the world with a keenly trained eye.  I believe I improve the lives of people that I know in my personal life, and I hope I can make yours better, too (if only by giving you a smile).

Much nub, health, and fitness,

Dr. Ericka

What New Year’s Resolution?

This year I came up with a brilliant New Year’s Resolution.  How do I know it was brilliant you ask?  Was it a moment of pure narcissistic bliss?  Nope, it’s seeing what happens when I stop doing it.  Rewind to January 1, 2010.  I had a heart to heart with myself and said, “Self.”  OK, just kidding about the conversation.  After turning over multiple ideas, I came up with the resolution to not snooze more than once each morning.  This would keep me from running late or missing workouts because I would snooze up to an hour.  Plus, I don’t know about you, but I don’t end up feeling a whole lot more rested from those 8-12 minute intervals of “bonus” sleep.  I started off great.  Then, it just crashed and burned after this car accident.  I’ve been snoozing and missing out on the time to complete tasks in the morning.  I snoozed and missed getting on the recumbent bike before work.  I snoozed and missed being able to do a deep conditioning treatment for my hair.  I snoozed and didn’t get in town in time to check into my hotel before work.  You get the point.  Not excessively snoozing is a simple intervention for a wide variety of tasks.  Time is precious.  There’s no good excuse for just wasting it.  Tomorrow, I will get back to my snooze only once lifestyle.  I’m excited about all the additional productivity that will come with it.  Wish me luck!

Oh, the informercial I was thinking about is the one for the Shake Weight.  I am sure that I’m not the only one that sees that commercial and thinks about something better suited for a bedtime use than home fitness.  I see the demand to target that resistant flab under the arm, but that visual just is too much for me.  I find it hard to take it seriously.  Let me know if you have used it and have had great results.  Maybe, I’m wrong to be distracted by that repetitive up and down motion.  LOL.

I’ve got to get that beauty sleep, so I can wake up bright and bushy tailed ready to take on the world tomorrow.  Sweet dreams to you, too.  Good luck on getting closer to your goals.

(Reaching to set my alarm)

Much nub, fitness, and health,

Dr. Ericka

A Sort of Green Light

Today, was my first day of physical therapy.  Not only did it make me feel a little better, but my therapist gave me permission to do some cardio.  She just told me to make sure that it doesn’t cause me any pain and to do short intervals at a time.  Woo-hoo.  I’ve been feeling sluggish, and I’m starting to get tics when I see or think about the gym.  That’s not a good thing, since I am still dealing with whiplash.  LOL.  Tomorrow, I have a date with the recumbent bike.  I never knew a bike could look so sexy (wink).  I wonder how people with more permanent or serious injuries find ways to stay fit.  Hmmm.  Feel free to let me know if you have any clues. That’s the big news for the day.  Tomorrow, will be my day to tackle an intriguing fitness infomercial.  You’ll have to come back to check it out.  Good luck on your journeys of health.

Much nub, health, and fitness,

Dr. Ericka

Eating on the Road

Tomorrow, I head back on the road.  I live in hotels 5 days out of the week, so I continue to search for the best ways to eat healthy with just a mini-fridge and a microwave.   I realize the first step is having discipline to avoid junk.  I have to have willpower when there is pizza, fried chicken, and all types of goodies around.  I actually eat better away from home than when I’m back at home with my family.  There’s just always something around.  No excuses.  Some people have mentioned raw diets.  Hmm.  Not sure about that, yet. I just know it may take being more disciplined, since I’m not burning off more calories with exercise.  Wish me luck with Physical Therapy and discipline.  Do you have any tips for me?  I’m open to suggestions:)

Oops.  I need to get my beauty rest.

Much nub, fitness, and health,

Dr. Ericka


Ok.  Today, I did accomplish my goal of taking my measurements.  I realize that I didn’t do this at the beginning of my journey to become a lean, mean, analyzing machine, but this feels like a new beginning.  I’ve been out of the gym for over a month, but somehow I’ve managed not to gain a bunch of weight.  I’ll just give credit to God for that.  I’ve been reigning in my comfort food consumption.  The next step is to be more vigilant about what I eat.  The portion control appears to still be doing ok.  I’m hoping to find out some exercises that I can do when I go to physical therapy.  I miss working out.  Can you believe that I’m saying that?  Oh, back to the measurements.  I’m still getting up the nerve to share them, so y’all can hold me accountable.  I knew they were different than I was used to, but I must admit that I was taken aback to find out what they actually are.  Numbers don’t lie, but they do make great motivation.  This reminds me that  you have to face your fears to have a chance at conquering them.  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to set your clock forward.

Much nub, fitness, and health (waving goodbye to that hour that I don’t feel that I can spare),

Dr. Ericka

Girls’ Night Out

Girls’ Night Out.  On the surface, you may just think about women going out and having a good time…a night for women to just let their hair down and feel free to talk openly about their lives and men.   I recently was able to put my finger on why it is so much more.  It’s the time when you get to spend time with your friends and leave unnecessary inhibitions behind.  It’s time when no one is judging you or telling you that you are heavy.  It’s time where you can laugh until your stomach hurts, check out the latest chick flick, enjoy a yummy meal, or shake your tail feather.  It’s time when you can simply be yourself.  In the middle of that is a pure boost for your self esteem.  Girl’s night is full of support and there is always someone to remind you how special and beautiful you are.  It’s not a substitute for being able to feel good about yourself, but it enhances what’s there.  It also picks you up from a bad day or from times where others seemed to have only negative words for you.  Girls’ Night is full of love.

I can’t speak for the meaning of a night out for the fellas, but it’s always good to be surrounded by people that appreciate you.  I challenge all of us to make sure we spend time with friends to recharge our emotional batteries.  There’s nothing like some inspiration to hold your head higher and walk taller.  When you are feeling good on the inside, it shows on the outside…and can give you more energy to take to a workout 😉

Much nub, health, and fitness,

Dr. Ericka

P.S.  I’ll get back to a fitness update.  Tomorrow, I’m going to get measured.  Wish me luck!

I’m Back

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’m picking up my fitness journey with a back and neck injury, but I’m determined to get back on the “wagon.”  It’s time to quit making excuses about comfort food and how I’ll get started again tomorrow.  I need some help.  I need suggestions on good exercise alternatives with a gimpy back.  Thanks ahead a time.  I know what I need to do on the food side…quit shoveling crap in my mouth.  My body is revolting anyway.  It’s saying “Give us us low fat” (imagine Djimon Hounsou in Amistad).  LOL. I’ve definitely been indulging in more fried food and candy.  Well, I’m off to get myself together and work on this site.  Have a great day!

Much nub and health,

Dr. Ericka

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