Monthly Archives: January 2014

10 Common Habits That Cause Back Pain, Part 1: Too much sitting

Are you causing your own back pain?

White Oak Family Wellness

Modern sitting habits lead to back painIt has been estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives (1). In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to the Global Burden of Disease. With staggering statistics such as these it has become ever more important to not just treat back pain but to teach those with back pain how they can help themselves. This is a 10 part series in which I will discuss some of the most common habits that lead to back pain and what you can do about them.

In part 1, we are going to discuss one of the most prevalent habits in the modern world:

Too much sitting

Think about it, you spend most of your life sitting. You’re probably sitting right now (that’s a freebie since I know you’re reading this). You sit at your desk and work…

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New Years Commitment – The Followthrough

Continuing on from our first post of the year, “”Resolutions” Are For Sissies – Commitments Are For Real”, today we’re diving in. Hey, I’m on this ride with you remember? Have you already forgotten this idea only hit me a few days ago?? I gots me a few commitments too!

So, you’ve made a commitment and you’ve written it down. Now, what are you going to do about it? You’re going to make a plan, that’s what you’re gonna do!

A plan is a series of organized events carried out in order to reach a particular goal. Yes? Good, made sense to me too 🙂 I’m a to-do-list’er so that’s how I’m going to run this gig. Lists keep me on task, and I feel good about getting to cross things off as I accomplish them.

So here’s what my plan is:
1. List each month on a piece of paper

2. Write whatever I need to do next to each month.
In the case of tile, let’s say January – decide on tile, February – save $100, March – save $100…etc. etc. July – rip out tile & install, August – enjoy awesomeness!
Or, for going to the gym or limiting coffee maybe make check boxes for each date you intend to go in a month and check them off. Whatever is going to keep you on task and motivated.

3. Now get hopping! It’s already January so ya better get started 🙂

4. Don’t get hung up on the end goal, like loosing 20 pounds. Focus on the commitment to doing something! The loosing of pounds is just a perk and will happen automatically as you honor your commitment to DOING it!

Really, if you’ve done your soul searching earlier you know this is something you really want…for you. The only one who can weasel out of a commitment to yourself is you. So if you really want it then do it, because if you quit there’s no one else to blame. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Good luck friends and feel free to comment if you need advice or a little moral support. Share your commitments, it’ll make you feel more accountable. Tell us and your friends about it. We’re all connected and here for each other. Blessings!

“Resolutions” Are For Sissies – Commitments Are For Real

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Happy 2014! The new year is here and everyone wants to start out on fire, right? So why not get serious about it folks?

I’ve recently been thrusted into a little journey of self discovery. I spent the last month of last year thinking about myself for a change and what I’m going to do about some things I’ve discovered about myself and ones closest to me.

While on this little journey, with some wine in my empty kitchen on New Years Eve, I had myself a little epiphany. I decided resolutions are for sissies! Resolutions are usually thought up around 11:50 and fizzle out shortly thereafter. Like that glass of Champagne at midnight after an evening of hard liquor; a good idea at the time that leaves you with a headache of regret after, realizing you didn’t really think that one through.

Commitments, however, are hard and usually require forethought and continued effort. So I thought, instead of a “resolution” that will loose it’s thunder somewhere around Valentine’s Day at best, how about a “New Year Commitment”. A solid commitment to and for yourself.

Run with me people I’m on a roll here…I’m telling you this is gonna be a hot trend!

Be specific. Generic and general statements like “get in shape” won’t motivate you or keep you accountable. This is a COMMITMENT! You know, like “I swear to love, honor, cherish, blah blah blah for the rest of my days until I die” type thing.

Basically, search your soul a little here. What’s REALLY important to you? A fitness goal? Quitting a bad habit? Having a better relationship with the honey, kids or friends? Accomplishing a goal (even a small one like kitchen tile 😉 )? Taking better care of you? Once you figure that out, think of at least one specific thing that can get you there. That’s the commitment we’re making this year – the specific thing. Not the grand end goal that’s to daunting to tackle, but accomplishing the baby steps to get there so we stay motivated by milestones!

Again, be specific. I commit to:
Go to the gym every Tuesday and Thursday
Do a sugar cleanse twice this year
Do something for only myself at least “x” times per week
Only drink coffee on Mondays (because Mondays suck 🙂 )
Get a massage every three weeks
Go on a date with my partner, kids, friends, etc. once a month
Tile my kitchen by June
Run “x” miles per week by August

Now we’re going to treat this like a marriage license, or better yet a mortgage! I commit to pay “x” every month until “x”. No getting out of this one baby! Write it down and keep it where you’ll see it everyday. Heck make it look pretty and put it in a frame if you have to! Now put up your right hand and say it with me now: “I (state your name) am making a commitment in 2014 to (blank)”.

The idea here is to keep it on the forefront of your mind. You don’t need to do a daily affirmation (not that it would hurt) but if you can see it everyday you’re more likely to keep it up. If you read it everyday it remains important.

Stew on it for a few days before you decide on something concrete. Then come visit me here again in a few days for the next post on how we’re going to make this sucker happen!