It’s not just another job. It’s not just a paycheck. It’s much more than that. It’s a responsibility when I’m on duty and off duty. It’s the different between this career and previous jobs I’ve had. It’s quite the responsibility to know that all the decisions you make off the clock have a direct correlation to the results you get on the clock. As many of you may know, I decided to quite smoking a few months ago. I’m proud of my decision. I feel much better but I still feel that I need to make more personal lifestyle changes to perform at my peak. This is where I feel the responsibility of this career the most. Its not like most jobs where you can eat what you want, work out when you want, and pay little attention. Being a fire-fighter means that I have to be mindful about my weight and my physical health.
This weeks Fire-Medic Friday is dedicated to a short discussion about my physical health and wellbeing. First of all let me say. If I had any visions of my weight and health status being my personal business- those thoughts were dispelled quickly. At my department there are at least two times per year where the department gets all up in my business. And I hate those times of year. I’m over thirty and I’m generally healthy but, I have packed on the pounds over the past coupla years. As a matter of fact, I have gained about fifty pounds since I began working in EMS 9 years ago. I feel a sense of responsibility at the current to take charge of my health and do more to make sure I am performing at my best.
At the present, I don’t have any flowery stories of heroism, or bravery. I just have my own personal experience as a fire medic. So I’m going to take the next 90 days of my life to improve my health by focusing of my diet and exercise. I’m still deciding on what my goals will be as far as the amount of weight I wish to lose; and Im deciding to keep my methods of “dieting” personal at the current. I have a goal and I’m hoping to have good news in 90 days.