Whitneys addiction got me thinking about my own…can you relate?

I have to write a bit about Whitney Houston passing away.  To say that it is sad is a real understatement.

First and foremost, she was a mom and now there is a girl without her mom. She was an amazing singer with incredible talent. She was only 48 years old; she had a lot of life to live and she threw it away because of an addiction.

It was sad to see such a brilliant person unravel before us on the world spotlight. Addiction is awful and it does break my heart when you see so many people fall victim to it.

You might be asking yourself, why is Carrie writing about Whitney Houston on the boot camp blog.  Simple; I was a fan and I am saddened to see such a loss from every perspective.  From her family’s loss to the loss of a young life and the loss of a great talent, who by all reports was on the verge of a comeback.

To tie this into what I do, I see this almost daily, people battling addiction.

I have written about my food addiction, if you haven’t read it–give it a read (http://thebootcampblog.com/tag/food-addiction/ )

I don’t want to get off track here but I want to stress that food is nourishment and we have turned it into something else. We have placed a value on food that is insane. We use food to quash our emotions and its temporary and then we go back for more.

Our health is our foundation. I think that those that eat/drink with no thoughts of the real consequences are reckless and fast tracking their own demise…just like an addict.

It’s sad that people only start to care for their health when something bad happens. Those are the same people who try to justify to me why they can’t eat healthy food or make an effort to cook.

You don’t realize what you have until it is stripped away from you.

To those of you that have sore knees and bad backs and are carrying extra weight, that is your body screaming that it needs help. If you don’t take the steps to eat right, exercise and get the extra weight off you are just as reckless as an addict.

Harsh? I don’t think so. I see it all-day, everyday. People in pain emotionally and physically. There is a tried and true prescription: You need to take care of your body so it can take care of you.

We have all lost someone and it rocks us to our core.  Why do that to your loved ones? Why put them in pain? You can take control of your health and make it the best life ever!!

You don’t know if you will get a second chance, so don’t waste the first one.

Be healthy-live long and pain-free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I was very sad to hear about the death of Whitney Houston. Dennis & I had our 1st dance at our wedding to one of her songs. Drugs have been a major influence in her life, luckily for most of us we have not had this type of challenge. Have I been addicted to food? Mindless eating has definitely been part of my past. I try to be aware at all times of what’s going into my mouth ~ whether it be liquid or solid. I’m so proud to announce that my newest addiction is exercise!! I really love being at bootcamp, and carry on that same mentality when not in class. I have music playing all the time in my house and when I hear a tune that really “moves me” I stop what I’m doing and do 30 jumping jacks, 30 squats, etc…Why do I do what I do? I have Addison’s Disease and a Thyroid disorder and have been on 3 types of medication since the age of 16.Without these pills I will die. Diabetes is closely linked to these diseases and I’m now dealing with this. I take 9 pills every morning. My hope and long term goal is to have the Dr. take me off at least 1 pill, if I’m lucky maybe more. At 47yrs. of age I want to have the chance to retire. I want to enjoy my future grandchildren and want to grow old with the man Iove. At the beginning of February I told Dennis that I would definitely be at bootcamp on Valentine’s Day, as I love him as much as my heart!

  2. There are many foods that I CAN’T GO NEAR. I avoid them like the plague and plan, plan, plan. I keep reminding myself what the future goal is. I don’t want to be on insulin. I need to remained focused at all times. I talk about this alot with my immediate family as well as my mom, & sisters ~ they constantly support me when I am weak.

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