I Changed My Views on Health & the Surprising Reason Why

A few days ago I had to do one of those dreaded, but necessary things we have to do as we get older – I had a colonoscopy! I swear it makes me feel old just to say it. 

This was my first one. Trust me, I did not want to do this, but it’s one of those preventative measures we need to take if we want to be informed about what’s going on in our bodies. 

Even as I complain about it, I must admit it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was almost as fearful about the prep work as I was about the actual procedure. The prep work includes clear liquids only the day before and consuming laxatives to clean out your intestines before the procedure. 

The procedure itself was SUPER easy because they put you to sleep and you don’t remember anything after the anesthetist tells you he’s putting you under. 

I didn’t feel a thing. I wouldn’t even know I had the procedure had my left arm not been sore from the blood pressure cuff they kept on me the entire time. 

Now that it’s over I’ve had some time to reflect. 

As I was being screened for preexisting conditions before the surgery I had to answer a lot of questions regarding my health. When the nurse went down the list of conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc. I answered no to them all. 

One of the nurses actually said to me – “why are you even here? You’re in great health!” 

After hearing that from a couple of nurses, it made me really appreciate my good health. 

I have spent so much of my adult life judging myself for not being some preconceived “ideal” weight, that I underestimated the value of having good health. 

Listening to the doctors and nurses comment on my health, I suddenly didn’t care about the scale. The scale does not define my overall health and I should never have equated my self-worth to it. 

This was a powerful revelation for me. It made me proud of my body and my health. After all, I chose to adopt a plant-based diet to achieve optimum health, and it’s paying off.  

This experience made me look at my workouts from a different perspective. The day after my colonoscopy I was excited to do my strength workout. I didn’t focus so much on how many calories I burned. I focused on the good things I was doing with my body and FOR my body during that 30-minute workout.  

My colonoscopy seems to have given me my power back. I plan to move forward with a completely different perspective on how I view my body. 

My body is a gift and I’m grateful for it. I am reminded that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I don’t need to compare myself to any person or societal standard. I am PERFECT as I am.

What about you? Has my experience challenged you to think about how you view your health? I’d love to hear about it. Please let me know in the comments. 

Until next time…

Plant to Eat & Eat to Live! 

4 Comments

  • Johnnie Vaughn Posted October 4, 2022 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me. I really enjoyed reading your story and I can relate to you . you have a self conscious young lady about your health and the way you dress but you have always b\looked the picture a healthy person. At my age I always try to eat healthy and exercise . There are times that I can not do what I want to do, but I do what I can. So far I am doing okay. Again thank you and continue to share . I am trying to learn all I can about gardening.

    • Latrina Patrick Posted October 5, 2022 10:03 am

      You’re amazing! Thank you so much for your support. Next week, I’ll be sharing a gardening video I think you’ll enjoy. 🙂

  • Susan Allen Posted October 5, 2022 9:43 am

    I salute your commitment to good health. I too have over focused on the perfect body instead of the results of exercise and a good diet: health! Thanks for the reminder that we don’t need to focus on what fashion magazines dictate to us but on supporting the miracle machines that we have been given to live in. Fitness is about care and support of our bodies not appearance. This refocus has helped me see my healthy body with gratitude not criticism. Thanks Latrina!

    • Latrina Patrick Posted October 5, 2022 10:02 am

      Thank you so much, Susan! I’m so glad my story shifted your perspective, as well. That’s what it’s all about. 🙂

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