Alta M. Skelton, FNP-BC, FAAMFM, ABAAHP
I want to be a champion for you, to spur you on to do good things for your body, mind and spirit. Hopefully I can motivate and challenge you to carefully examine the way you think about your overall wellness and a healthy life style.
We often have misconceptions about what wellness really means. Wellness is not a single event or state of being, instead it is ongoing. Wellness also does not mean that we have to be free of illness or diseases. In fact, there are some diseases that we simply can't avoid because they are "in our genes". We often inherit high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, asthma, and diabetes from our ancestors.
But I am here to encourage you, and to tell you that you can attain wellness regardless of your heritage! There are so many diseases that you can manage or avoid all together, by not giving in to the untruth that there is nothing that I can do about it! I know all about genes, my family history includes asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.
I was diagnosed with asthma when I was very young; this was later diagnosed as exercise induced asthma and allergies. I wanted to defeat the asthma and not let it control me, so I started doing cardio exercises.
I started walking in my neighborhood and on a treadmill. I was able to gradually work up to running. I now run at least four days a week, I've run in several Indianapolis Mini Marathons. I have run seven full marathons (26.2 miles), which include qualifying and running in two Boston Marathons.
I run with a great group of friends, and we have run in several local 5k and 10k races, as well as marathons. They are my prayer partners and sisters in Christ.
I see an Allergist who tells me that my lung functions are normal! Praise God! I use an inhaler before I run and off I go.
I am a nurse practitioner and encourage my patients and everyone to get a full physical before beginning an exercise program.
Now, what is holding YOU back from wellness, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and doing good things for YOUR body mind and spirit? Im here to help! You have put this off for too long. I will be praying for you!
"These things are not just what I say, but what I LIVE!"
"Fully Armored for your Mind, Body and Spirit"