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Becoming Rubilicious: My Wellness Journey

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Rubi, Colby and Mario Valdez

I was born and raised in Rupert, Idaho. When I was 19 my family moved to Phoenix, Ariz. I moved to Driggs when I married Mario, my best friend and the love of my life.

We moved around for the first few years of our marriage because of my husband’s work. Then we had our son Colby, now 8-years-old. He is full energy, excitement and jokes. He is a very happy, healthy boy.

In the last several years of my life I have begun to reflect on my health and how to improve it and become healthier. It’s not that I am not healthy, but I have struggled with my weight for most of my life so it has been more of, “that’s just who I am.” Through the years, I have realized “yes that is who I am, but I don’t have to be PHAT (Pretty Hot and Thick); I can be PHAT (Pretty Hot and Thin).

Two summers ago I started riding my bike around victor with my son. I also was able to ride my bike from Victor to Driggs all in one ride. I was walking the bike path every day as well. I started to get stronger and I had more energy but was still unable to lose weight. I became very discouraged and disappointed in myself and all the work I was doing while getting no results.

At the start of last summer I didn’t do much, but then I told myself “the past is the past and out with the old and in with the new.” I was not going to let the past rain on my parade. So I started up my journey where I left off, just without the bike rides, and I started to eat less. To my surprise the weight started to fall off — I lost 43 pounds, HA-AY! (If you could have seen me, I was dancing my happy dance).

I want a lifestyle change, not a quick fix

Then, I hit my first plateau and gained 14 pounds back because I stopped exercising for most of the winter. As the snow kept falling, I started to work out somewhat at home w using videos, my treadmill and some free weights.

Now that the weather is nice (Summer is finally here now, right?) I can go out and walk again, but I wanted to step it up this time.

I joined Crossfit (what was I thinking? Oh, that’s right, I wasn’t thinking when I joined Crossfit)!

Actually – like many others here in Teton Valley and across the country, I really love Crossfit.

With a renewed motivation and a fitness routine in place, I have set up some goals for myself for my weight loss journey.

They include:
Long Term Goal – Lose 100 pounds and go to Hawaii in a bikini, LOL.

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Rubi, celebrating at the ColorVibe Idaho Falls finish line in her homemade tutu!

Smaller, short-term goals:

  • Doing a 5K (check! I did a ColorVibe run in Idaho Falls in May!) I plan on doing the Tin Cup Challenge run later this month!
  • Eat right and aim to lose 6 pounds per month

My real motives for losing weight are to be healthy and avoid illnesses and live to see my son grow. I want to be able to go on outings with my family and have fun without having to stop and rest every 10 minutes. I want a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
 
I’ll keep you updated about my wellness journey through this blog, and I hope it will provide some inspiration for someone out there to kickstart their own path to wellness.

Disclaimer: This blog discusses my personal wellness goals and is in no way a soapbox to tell anyone else how to eat, exercise and/or live their lives.

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Health ABCs from a PA-C

AnnaG_Family Photo_2014We all make choices every day, every hour.

My goal with this blog is to enable you and your family to make the best choices you can about how you live your life in relation to your health.

The decisions we make, large and small, throughout our lifetimes play an important role in our overall health, and I hope to encourage positive changes that may help improve the lives of my patients and readers.

I believe the philosophies of both Western and alternative therapies can work together to aid the healing process. I’ll provide you with evidence-based medicine to help you make informed decisions on therapies you may be using at home, or may be contemplating adding to your wellness routine.

Teton Valley is a great place for growing and healing. I enjoy the outdoor activities our area has to offer, including rock climbing, backcountry skiing and hiking. My husband, Jansen, and our Great Pyrenees mix, Kingsley, especially love the long winters and powder days.

I’m excited for my 7-month-old girl, Saraya, to grow up in Teton Valley. I’ve lived here for two years, after spending six years in Jackson, Wyo. I love the peacefulness of the valley and the strong, lively community of which we are a part.

Disclaimer
This blog is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered direct medical advice. Consult your provider before beginning any activities or programs. Anna Gunderson, PA-C is a nationally certified Physician Assistant. She sees patients at the Driggs and Victor Health Clinics. For more information or to make an appointment, call (208) 354-2302.

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Good Choice, Bad Choice: The Right Attitude

Ann Loyola

Ann Loyola

If you read my last blog about “Polarity” (and if you haven’t, you really should) then you know that I had signed up for a workshop to learn about champion thinking, and hopefully develop the tools to get out of my own way as I continue my journey toward wellness.

The group was small which made it difficult for me to hide from facilitator Christine Heilman, PhD.  I was the only non-athlete in attendance, and the only person dressed in business-casual instead of jeans and a knitted cap. In other words, I was well on my way to finding excuses to excuse myself.

Being a mind-reader, Christine promptly began our session with some uncomfortable statements about people who isolate themselves from progress through self-limiting beliefs and self-doubt.   She said that everyone is seeking ways to enrich the quality of their lives and that she would review basic mind-set tools for accomplishing that.

For the next hour, we did some group exercises, engaged in discussions, and learned about ACE:  A = Attitude, C = Concentration, E = Execution (as in “get it done” not as in “let it perish”).  I came away from the workshop feeling that I had learned something valuable and no, I won’t go into a bunch of details about the training because you should contact Christine and put yourself in her mind-reading gaze.

Do you like sayings?  I sure do.  Do you like mangling famous quotes unintentionally?  Me, too.

And here’s my new favorite, as shared by Christine:

Having the right attitude means choosing to believe in your ability.

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