Sunday Update: Turn Back Time

photo by Becky McCray

photo by Becky McCray

Sure, now your singing that Cher song, aren’t you?

It’s All Saint’s Day and today in church we are honoring those who have gone from us this year.  August 11 my mom passed from this world into the next.  I moved back home in 2006 to be close to my parents because my dad was ill.  He passed in 2010 and then my mom and I spent the last 5 years hanging out.  She was my mom, my friend, my champion, my supporter, my cheerleader, my confidante and the person I most wanted to be like.  I miss her something fierce.

Mom saw only the good in me and thought I was beautiful.  She encouraged me to be better than I thought I could be.  She always had a good word for me and she believed in me.

Now it’s time for me to do the same for myself.  Time to step up and believe I am the best at what I do.  Time to believe in my own special kind of beautiful. Time to stretch and reach for the best that is out there.

What does this have to do with weight loss?  Everything my friends.  If we can’t be our own champions, we are destined to fail.  I’ve suffered from depression these last few months, more so than usual.  I have been seeing a doctor for it, and it’s making a difference.  There is nothing wrong with treating depression medically.  I realize all of us will leave this earth, and I thought I could handle my mom dying.  I already was taking a prescription for depression – have been for years.  My physician who is treating me for knee pain, he’s a DO and a psychiatrist asked how I was doing.  I mentioned my mom had passed and out of the blue I started crying.  He is a proponent of the mind and body connection so we spent some time talking about things and he suggested we try an increase in meds.  Not permanently, but to help get through this time.  It’s helping.

So in your journey to better health, keep in mind your physical health includes your mental health as well.  There is no shame in getting better!

Physical update: lost 4 pounds, knee is getting better with exercise, working on stretches, rejoined the gym!


  1. Sara Broers on November 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

    So happy to hear things are looking up!

  2. Deb Brown on November 4, 2015 at 12:59 am

    thanks Sara!

  3. Jean on November 4, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Such strong connections between mind and body, yet it’s easy to forget that as we go day to day. Thanks for writing about it – always good to have a reminder of it.

  4. Deb Brown on November 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    You’re welcome Jean – we so often forget!

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