First let me introduce myself, I am Jennifer Domagalski, I graduated from MSU nursing program last May and starting working at Sparrow Hospital as a Registered Nurse. I have always been a very active person, love sports, and working out. I played college golf at Michigan State and learned a lot about the importance of health and fitness while being a college athlete.
I have started to train with Regie and Tom and when they asked me to write a few posts. I wasn’t sure where to start, but I kept thinking about was what was going to be my motivation to actually commit to making a lifestyle change. I am an avid runner and sometimes throw in some weight training here and there, but I was looking for a change in my workout and lifestyle. This has led me to start training with Regie and Tom. I believe in their philosophy of making this a lifestyle change and commitment to overall better health and wellness.
I thought about what has been holding me back from being the healthiest person I can be and I think I might have found my answer. I needed to find a deeper motivation for making this change than just wanting to be thin. Since I was a little girl, I have felt the pressure to be thin. When I was growing up, I was that chubby girl who longed to be the thin and athletic like all of my friends. I remember being teased often about my weight and for a long time I have let the number on the scale or how my jeans fit be my motivation for working out. I believe many people, especially young women feel today, feel the pressure from our society to be that stick thin size 0 we see everyday on the cover of magazines and on TV. Being healthy is much more than the size on the tag of your jeans, it is so important to try to look past the numbers and focus on making yourself healthy; which is easier said than done.
I have realized my real motivation needs to be about living a happy, healthy, long life. I have a long family history of heart disease on both sides of my family. Due to my family history, I am more at risk for heart disease and this has become my main motivation to make a lifestyle change. I may only be 23 years old, but it is never too young to start planning your life for the future. I want to live a long happy life with kids and grandkids and be an active healthy career woman. I do not want heart disease to limit my dreams. Being in the health profession, I know that genetics and lifestyle are the two largest contributing factors to heart disease and there is only one that I can control my lifestyle. In the hospital, I see first hand how lifestyle choices play a contributing factor to poor overall health. Therefore, I am actively trying to make my focus and motivation my lifelong goals, rather than short-term goals of wanting to be “thin”.
I am asking everyone to look deep down and see what your motivation is for making that commitment to a lifelong change. Motivation needs to be more than those short-term goals of fitting into your jeans or a number obtained on the scale because it is easy to slip back into old habits and be right back where you started. I am excited to make my lifestyle change and start working more and more with Regie and Tom! So I end by asking, what is going to motivate you to make your lifestyle change?