Good decisions can be so obvious, and the result brings you joy and happiness.
Other decisions can be a struggle. I thought through this blog, I would share all of the details about what I’m learning in school as a dietetics student. I could tell you about intro to medical nutrition therapy and how we go through various disease and conditions and how nutrition therapy is so important to maintaining the health of the patient. I never did think of it that way. Malnutrition is the result of not staying ahead of the curve for so many chronic diseases. Or how we’re going through fatty acid synthesis in human nutrition, aka biochemistry. I don’t think many people are dying to know about that. Nutrition assessment is fun because we’ve been calculating meal plans for diabetic and weight loss purposes and learning how to take anthropometric measurements and use those in formulas to calculate ideal body weight and later on that takes you to energy requirements. It’s very practical because all of those things I will apply soon in my job. All good things but what interests me the most is my nutrition communication and education class.
There is so much that goes into working with clients on self improvement. It’s been long ago that I heard about behavioral and cognitive theories and it’s interesting to me how it applies to motivating clients. What I could really identify with was the stages of change model. 80% of people are in the contemplation stage, meaning they are aware of a problem and possibly the benefits of change, but just aren’t ready to make the change. I can identify with this stage especially now in life because there are so many question marks in the picture. I’m constantly running scenarios trying to figure out what the best solution would be for me, Matt, and us as a partnership and if that involves me making a change of some kind.
Going back to school-good decision. I often need to remind myself of this. I was in contemplation stage for months and even the next stage took me awhile. I found my way to give back to the world and I know that’s it’s right for me regardless of those people questioning my about my choices. It’s a good thing that I have two solid cheerleaders right here with me at 381.
People are so unique. I think that’s why I like learning about how to guide them when they are seeking help. To these nonexistent people that will seek my services I want to say, I know, I get it. I know what it’s like to be thinking about that big change on the horizon. I know it’s hard to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. Sometimes it can be a beautiful dream, but without some change and uncomfortable living in your life, a dream or an idea is all it will be. Everyone does their thing in their own time, so I just want share something that I often think of when dealing with the uncomfortable and uncertainty.