Oh No! I’m Getting Older and Gaining Weight…Healthcare Clinic Kansas City Here I Come!

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With my birthday quickly approaching (one more year of my twenties), and the realization that I actually have to start taking care of myself, the only thing I can conjure up is:

“Oh No! I’m Getting Older and Gaining Weight…Healthcare Clinic Kansas City Here I Come!”

I know that’s a little extreme, but I’ve been feeling a certain type of way these past few days.

Since leaving the military two years ago I’ve gained at least 20 pounds (that’s on top of the 10 I gained post deployment), so I basically have to lose at least 30 lbs. It seems like the weight creeps upon you, you look in the mirror one day like, “Wow, I need to get it together.”

On that note, I’ve been on a kick to get my body back, and start living a healthier lifestyle. I know I needed to at least get a health screening to know where I am health wise. For some reason I feel like my insides are toxic from all of the cookies, junk food, and fast food joints I’ve been visiting lately.

Making an appointment at the VA was out of the question; it would be months before I’d be able to be seen, and even then, the paperwork process is always grueling. Sooooo, I decided to try my local Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic Kansas City, which is a few blocks walk down the street from my apartment.

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Selfie at the Healthcare Clinic

Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic not only offers health screenings and testing; it also provides services for vaccines, physicals, illness, aches, pains, minor injures, skin conditions, medications and treatments, ongoing health conditions and more. The prices are affordable for those without insurance, and they also accept insurance plans.

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At the Healthcare Clinic I talked with a healthcare provider about my weight and health concerns. During my health screening I checked to see if I had diabetes, my cholesterol was checked, my blood pressure, lipids, BMI, weight, and some other things (I’m not to sure what they were) was checked.

The provider was extremely helpful by explaining in detail everything she was going to do, and everything that I need to do to reach my goals.

Needless to say, I’m in better health than I thought I was, well except, WEIGHT…..Yes, I have to lose some pounds.

So what did I do after finding out I have to lose at least 15 pounds to be in a healthy weight range? 

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You guessed right (or maybe wrong), wallowed away in a pint of Blue Bell’s Black Walnut ice cream. Lol, I know it’s wrong, but I had to have one last guilty pleasure before starting my health journey.

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Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic

The clinic looks pretty neat too. Of all the times I’ve been inside of Walgreen’s couponing, I’ve never set foot towards the back of the store. Maybe because the last time I went that direction I was stopped by a little old lady asking for directions to the restroom, it smelled as if the deed had already been done.

Well, at least now I know where to go if I get sick, or have another issue. The next time I visit I want to talk someone about my dry skin (it’s really dry, and I’ve tried everything). One of the best things I like about the services at Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic is I can make an appointment or walk in.

Now that I’ve gotten my health screening, and the ok to start my weight loss journey, I guess the best way to start is by swimming. I pulled out my swimming gear. Do you like?

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Selfie in swimming gear

Note: I went swimming the other day and had to share a lane. The old man in my lane basically tried to race me. Why? I have no idea, but he couldn’t keep up. Yes, I still have it 🙂 .

On another note, I only swam 26 laps and was exhausted afterwards. 26 laps when I swam on the swimming team in high school was only warm-up. I still have a long ways to go, but I’m loving it.

Have you visited a Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic before? Let me know your experience.

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20 Comments

  1. June 9, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    The Healthcare clinic sounds like a great thing. You also mentioned that you only swam 26 laps. I wish I could swim. Just saying lol.

  2. trisha
    June 9, 2014 / 8:01 am

    You ONLY swam 26 laps? Id do like 4 and drown and die.

  3. June 7, 2014 / 11:14 am

    I love that Walgreens offers Healthcare clinics!

  4. June 7, 2014 / 10:31 am

    I love when companies (brands) put a focus on health and fitness. 🙂

  5. June 7, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Great post! Im so glad clinics like these are popping up in places like Walgreens.

  6. June 7, 2014 / 4:20 am

    I love the Healthcare Clinic, I’ve had to go there a couple of times for random illnesses.

  7. June 6, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    I tend to do a last treat before I start a new routine too. Woohoo for beating the guy in your swimming lane!

  8. June 6, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    I’d be happy to swim 26 laps, especially if you’re talking about a 50 meter lap! In fact you’ve motivated me to give it a try! I love that you had a pint of ice cream that by the way sounded absolutely delicious! I have no doubt you will succeed with your goal. Behind you all the way! Go Ericka Go!!

  9. June 6, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    They have some great services, I had no idea that Walgreens did more than have prescriptions!

  10. June 6, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    Sounds like it was a great visit! Good luck on your weight loss journey! You can do it!

  11. June 6, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    It sounds like you have a great plan! I love that Walgreens has an easily accessibly clinic!

  12. June 6, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    good for you! I love seeing people (including myself…) decide and recommit to making healthy choices :)!!

  13. June 6, 2014 / 11:23 am

    We have a Walgreens really close to us, I’ll have to check the clinic out. Good luck with your weightloss, you’ve got this!

  14. June 6, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Sounds like a good system they have set up!

  15. March 18, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    The VA wait times are so ridiculous! So glad you were able to get in and out and answers quickly at Walgreens! #client

  16. March 18, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I love swimming. That’s funny about racing the old man :P.

  17. Shonna G.
    March 18, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    🙂

  18. March 18, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Great article. Too funny about the old man! I didn’t know you swam in high school either. Me too! Just another thing we have in common 🙂

  19. March 18, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Loved this post, so proud of your determination! Wow I never knew Walgreens offered this great service.

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