How to live Well in EMS

Wellness


I’m going to dive deep into Well Being and Wellness this week. Today, I’ll show you one way you can start living Well today.

What does Well Being mean?  According to the dictionary it means to be happy, healthy, or prosperous.  I don’t love that definition.  

Wellness is the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.  Again, not a big fan.

Happiness, and health don’t just happen magically.  They both require work. You can be happy and not well.  The two really are not related.  Wellness does not equal happiness.

But, what is this “Wellness” or state of “Well Being” that many of us are after and how do we get there?

For me, I’m looking to feel well in my body. Less aches and pains. Rested. Energized. Clear headed. Movement with ease. Less stress and overwhelm. Lab results in “normal” limits. Weight with in a range according to my height and age.

We don’t ever arrive at this “perfect” state either.  It will always be a work in progress.  There is no Wellness destination.  It is…and I cringe saying this…a “lifestyle”.  

Living a life of Wellness means you are actively living your life to be well.  In order to do that, you have to make a lot of decisions. Not all those decisions will feel fun and pleasurable either.  That is part of the deal.  

  • Why do we expect to feel well when we don’t eat well?  
  • Why do we expect to feel strong when we don’t actively work at getting stronger?  
  • Why do we expect to feel rested when we don’t actively work on improving our quantity and quality of sleep?

Because we want a well body to be easy and effortless. We receive messages all the time via media that suggests that it is.  

The real question is why don’t we do what what needs to be done to be well?

Your limbic brain. It’s default it to choose pleasure over pain. Comfort over discomfort. Habits over new desired habits.

Our limbic brain, or the Primitive Brain is our “auto pilot” brain. This the brain the drives most of us. Its goal is to seek pleasure, avoid pain and be efficient.  It can only think about the current moment. It wants the instant gratification right now.

The Pre Frontal Cortex is the part of our brain that can think about our future. It’s the planner. The cognitive thinker.  It is capable of delaying instant gratification for long term satisfaction.

If we are seeking to live a well life, we need to be living that life with our pre frontal cortex…NOT the primitive brain.

We have to stop expecting ourselves to make the best decision on auto pilot.  It’s not gonna happen. 

Your primitive brain will never just choose not to eat cookies.  It will always want the cookies. They will give us pleasure.

Living a life striving to be well, means we have to live intentionally.  Not on default.

We have to plan what we will eat ahead of time with our pre frontal cortex, not our primitive brain.

We have to schedule our workouts and do it, even when we don’t feel like doing it.

Remind yourself in those times of “not wanting to”, or “not feeling like it”, that you made that decision with your intention in mind. Don’t let your primitive brain run your life.  It just wants to sit on the couch, watch Netflix and eat snacks all day.

Tough love coming in hot….stop blaming your EMS life for your lack of Wellness.  

This was a huge struggle for me.  I was convinced that if I didn’t work in EMS, my health would be so much better.  I would not have gained so much weight.  It’s totally not true.  I have my same brain. No matter where I work.  Does our EMS life add a layer of complexity? Yes. But, it’s totally doable. It just requires more pre frontal planning. 

You can do this.  Despite your work schedule. You CAN be well and work EMS.

Wellness comes from intention and action.

xo.  Valerie
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The ONE thing

The ONE thing you need to know to lose weight is just a few clicks away.

I created a PDF with all the deets. You can grab it fo FREE here.

When I learned about this ONE thing, it blew my mind AND I was PISSED that none of the previous 10+ diets I had been on never ONCE mentioned this. Not ONCE.⁠

From that moment on, it became my mission to make sure everyone who wants to lose weight knows THIS ONE THING.⁠

Of course, learning more info is fun and exciting and feels important. But, if we don’t take ACTION, the learning is wasted.⁠

Have an amazing week!⁠

xo. Valerie⁠

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Decisions

Weight Loss comes from the decisions you make.⁠

What you DECIDE to put in your mouth.⁠

Right before you decide to eat or drink something ask yourself this….⁠

If I say YES to this, what am I saying NO to at the same time?⁠

If I say YES to a cookie, I’m also say NO to my goal.⁠

If I say NO to a cookies, I’m saying YES to my goal.⁠

Your decisions matter.⁠

Every bite of food matters.⁠

What is the next best decision you can make?⁠

xo. ⁠ Valerie

PS. Watch the FREE video training I made on the ABC’s of Weight Loss for EMS.   Just click the blue button below to watch the video.

Come join my communities!  

If you are a WOMEN in EMS, click HERE to join the ALL EMS WOMEN private FB Page!

Open to both Women and Men in EMS is my EMS Weight Loss & Well Being private FB Page.  To join, click HERE.

Stay Well EMS

Stay Well EMS

Good morning!⁠

As many of us head in to work this morning I want you to think about how you can stay well while on Duty.⁠

What would that look like for you?⁠

Are you willing to put your brain to work and figure out how to drink a few extra bottles of water today?⁠

What about deciding to only eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel satisfied…not full?⁠

How can you move you move your body while not on a call?⁠

What about when you feel the stress building up while en route to a trauma? Can you take 4 slow very deep breaths? ⁠

If you do have a bad trauma and you are feeling especially stressed when you clear the hospital (and your not driving!) pull out your phone and play a game on your phone for a few min.⁠

I know these things seem small and don’t seem like they matter, but my friends, they do. ⁠

Taking care of ourselves during this pandemic is critical.⁠

Have a safe day.⁠

xo. Val⁠

PS. Watch the FREE video training I made on the ABC’s of Weight Loss for EMS.   Just click the blue button below to watch the video.


Come join my communities!  

If you are a WOMEN in EMS, click HERE to join the ALL EMS WOMEN private FB Page!

Open to both Women and Men  in EMS is my EMS Weight Loss & Well Being private FB Page.  To join, click HERE.

Weight Loss Formula

Here’s a weight loss formula you might not have learned!
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What you want most (weight loss) minus what you want now (cupcakes for example)= weight loss.
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What do you really want most?
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If the answer is Weight Loss, you have to be willing to not have something in this moment that you really want.
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This is not easy, and it is not what most people do.
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We live in a world of instant gratification. .
Our brain is very confused when we really want something and don’t have it.
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Tell your brain that we are giving up the temporary pleasure of cupcakes for the long term satisfaction of achieving our weight loss goal. .
You might feel disappointed for a little bit, and that’s ok.
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Seeing the number on the scale go down is totally worth it. I promise!
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xo. Val
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PS.  I’d love for you to check out a FREE Video I created just for YOU!!  Click on the blue button below to watch it!

Protocol

Protocol

If you are in HEMS you are very familiar with what a Protocol is.

But, have you ever considered creating a protocol for yourself?

How you will eat?

How you will sleep?

How you will eat or sleep post nights?

I bet you want to change some of your protocols at work.

If you have ever tried to do that you know that it is not something that happens overnight.

There are committees, meetings, more meetings, approvals, revisions and so on.

Then, it takes time for crew members to follow the protocol.

That is the challenge. Following the protocol.

The reason why a protocol is created is so that there is less “guess work” with what to do in the heat of the moment.

When I work with my clients, we create a protocol that works for them.

There are tools that we can add to the protocol that make it very customized.

The hard part is following the protocol.

When my clients (and myself!) follow our protocol we lose weight.

And, when we don’t follow it, we don’t lose weight.

Then WHY the F don’t we always follow it 100%???

Our brain. The primitive, child-like brain. The one who only wants to seek pleasure, avoid pain, and stay safe.

We need to learn to manage this part of our brain.

This is the reason why people hire me. I show them how to do this. I help get them out of their OWN way.

It does not happen overnight. It takes time and a ton of patience.

Let me help you create your own protocol.

If you want to learn more, click on the blue button below and set up a free 30 min consult call with me.  It is super easy!

XO. Valerie