WELLNESS CHALLENGE BLOG: Debbie Norton - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX


March 9, 2018

Have you ever been to New York City? If so, you probably noticed the technique of the taxi drivers. The light turns green and they're OFF!

They accelerate as hard and fast as they can only to come screeching to a halt at the red light just a block away. I have felt like those taxi drivers at times.

Running from point A to point B, quick starts, and quicker stops, never taking breaks in the middle. And by "breaks" I mean time for myself.

This Wellness Challenge has helped me slow down, take time to make better choices with eating, plan my meals and schedule workouts.

Slow and steady wins the race, right? If I can keep that in mind I can hopefully kick my "all or nothing" approach. 

I have to remind myself that slow weight loss with Tonya's guidance at Got Health is what I want.  Goals are accomplished during steady workouts with my challenge teammates and the coaches at Cross Fit Wichita Falls.

I won't get there overnight but I will wake up tomorrow knowing I'm making progress and that's what matters. Slow and steady...slow and steady.

March 2, 2018

Sound the cry! “Y.N.Y!”

A couple of years ago, my sister introduced me to the book, “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

Lodge is a specialist in internal medicine and preventative healthcare. Crowley is Lodge’s 70-year-old patient who is stronger today than he was at 40.

Together, in alternating chapters, they explain Harry’s rules and the science behind them.

Here are Harry’s Rules

1) Exercise 6 days a week.

2) Eat what you know you should.

3) Connect to other people.

4) Commit to feeling passionate about something.

The science part of the book ranges from the molecular biology of growth and decay and how our bodies and minds evolved.

It speaks directly to how our bodies fare so poorly in our sedentary, all-feast, no-famine culture. The authors base their plan on the idea that instead of looking forward to pain as our bodies slowly deteriorate, it’s possible to live as our younger selves…for our entire lives.

Essentially, they tell you to exercise 6 days a week and eat what you should so you can stay HEALTHY UNTIL YOU DIE.

What an incredible approach to living, especially for those of us who are entering (or are in) our third act of life. Wouldn’t you rather be 83 years old and die because you’ve skied head first into a tree than die alone of a heart attack while sitting in your easy chair, eating Cheetos?

Man, strap some skis on my feet and point me toward the tree because that’s how I want to go!

This challenge has inspired me to connect with three awesome coworkers and they inspire me every, single day.

My passion for working out has returned and I’m looking forward to some new adventures in the coming years. I certainly feel younger than I did a couple of months ago and I’m going continue to push that clock back with every sit up, push up and burpee I can muster.

The next time you’re faced with a choice of elevator or stairs, cake or fruit, beer or water, sound the cry, “Y.N.Y!” and make the choice to be younger next year.

February 23, 2018

How do you dig deep and stay on track when you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle? If you’ve seen the stories on Newschannel 6, you know I talk a lot about accountability and how this Wellness Challenge helps me stay accountable.

Since I haven’t been successful doing this on my own, does that make me weak? I don’t think so. I believe it makes me stronger.

Dr. Tonya, our nurse practitioner and owner of Got Health? stresses the importance of our food diary. Basic stuff, right? It’s basic because it works. Every bite, every day. When I stray for a few days and get loose on my diary entries, guess what? The calories move up and I’m not even aware of it.

What’s five or six saltine crackers? 50-60 calories. When I eat a few crackers two or three times a day and don’t count them, at the end of the day I look at my diary and think I’ve got room to spare and can have an evening snack. In reality, reached my daily limit of calories and should forego the snack.

Does willfully ignoring my food diary derail my plan? No, but it definitely slows my progress. It’s hard to be as excited about the slow progress so the accountability of that basic food diary helps keep me on track. Tonya will remind me of that when I see her later today.

The trips to CrossFit are when I really lean on the strength of our group. Samantha, Sofia and I recently moved from the on-ramp training classes to the real classes. We call them the “big kids” classes.

I won’t lie, the classes are hard but so rewarding. We like to go to the last class of the evening because there are fewer people in attendance and we feel that our awkward, newbie moves don’t stand out as much.

It’s a challenge for me to go home, change clothes, get comfortable and head back out to the gym. Just last night I sent the other girls a text and said I’d rather take a beating than go to the gym. Samantha agreed. Sofia said if we weren’t going, we HAD to go Saturday.

Then in the very next text, Sofia said, “Get dressed. I’m dressed. We’re doing this tonight.” That’s why we call Sofia, “Coach.” We went. We did the workout and we all felt better for it.

While we were at the gym, Diane (one of the trainers) reminded us that when we don’t want to go to the gym, that’s when we need it the most and when we’ll give it our all.

I’ve found my group. My posse. My peeps. My friends. They help me stay on track and I hope I do the same for them. If you’re like me and are struggling to find the motivation, find that one person that is ready to go on the journey with you. It sure makes the trip a lot more fun and so much more rewarding.

February 16, 2018

One bite is my kryptonite

It all started with some chocolate I gave to my husband for Valentine’s Day. If you know me or saw our first segment of the challenge, you know that chocolate is not my “thing.” I prefer salt & crunch to sweet & soft most days. 

But then my husband offered me a bite.  Not a whole piece, just a bite and I did not refuse. I was even careful to take the tiniest of bites because I’m on this challenge and I did not want Tonya at Got Health? to read the word CHOCOLATE in my food journal.

Later that night, as I was lying in bed all I could think about was that chocolate. It was calling to me, begging me to come to the kitchen. I reached down, found my willpower and went to sleep.

The next night my willpower folded like a cheap lawn chair. I sprang out of bed, found the bag of chocolate and before I knew it I had eaten THREE pieces. 300 calories were consumed before I knew it and the sad part is, I didn’t even enjoy it because as I’ve said, “chocolate is not my thing.”

In the future, please don’t think I’m rude if you offer me a treat and I decline because one bite IS my kryptonite.

February 7, 2018

Weight a minute! Is that how much I weigh? I've had so many of those moments on the scale, I got to the point that my weight didn't surprise me but it certainly angered me.

Yo-yo dieting, hit-and-miss exercise and sporadic bursts of commitment have been a pattern all of my adult life. 

In 2013, I got committed to exercise and a healthy diet. I found a group of friends to be my gym buddies and got healthier, improved my "numbers" and celebrated a 40-pound weight loss.

In March of 2015, I took a new job with long, unpredictable hours and fell away from the gym and the accountability I had with my gym friends. Healthy eating habits? I forgot what they were and the weight crept back...or did it race back?

Fast forward to January 2018. I'm 57 years old and I feel okay but don't feel okay about my physical appearance.

I understood the importance of exercise and its role in keeping you healthy until you die. I started looking for people to work out with and then the opportunity of this challenge presented itself.

I jumped at the chance like a chicken on a June bug. I am so excited to share this journey with three great women. I love knowing that I'm going to see familiar faces at CrossFit.

I know we will continue to celebrate our successes and lean on each other when we struggle. In the end, though, I'm doing it for me. I'm making time for myself instead of making excuses about not having time.

These next few months are going to be a challenge but I'm ready to make a change and share my journey with you.

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