WIAW #42: the Importance of Healthcare Appointments

Let’s talk healthcare…

dentist appointments, skin checks with a dermatologist, physical wellness evaluations (body composition, oxygen intake levels, etc.), mammograms for women over 30, etc….

I admit I’m far from the greatest at keeping up with this stuff.

I definitely don’t want to admit how long it’s been since I last went to see a dentist, and I’ll admit I’ve never been to a dermatologist before.

BUT, I can honestly say that I’m currently working on changing this.

I have an appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow afternoon for a full-body check,
and I just looked through the list of dentist offices that are covered with our insurance and plan to call today to set up an appointment.

My yearly health check-up will be due in February, and
my next body composition/physical health evaluation can be scheduled at the end of November/beginning of December.


I may be making healthy choices every day in terms of how I treat my body (good nutrition, regular exercise, spiritual growth, etc.), but to ignore important appointments is an essential part of my overall wellness and something I plan to improve on!

The What I Ate Wednesday theme this month is partially about Breast Cancer Awareness and along with that comes the importance of health check-ups.

I think every day that I have to make my health a priority now so that I can be healthy later on in life when I’ll have so many things to enjoy.  Isn’t that what we all desire?


A major part of being healthy now, of course, is having a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
My eats from yesterday weren’t too bad…

…the following is my food journal from Tuesday, October 16th…


After a good upper body and core workout, I made a smoothie for breakfast.

In the mix:

  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 large handful fresh kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup orange juice (not from concentrate, no sugar added)

topped with sliced raw almonds and some Bear Naked Fit granola

morning snack

 A few hours later I snacked on a Fruition bar and half a banana (not pictured; something ‘for the taking’ from the kitchen at work).


I brought the following for lunch:

  • edamame with sea salt
  • baby carrots
  • a whole wheat tortilla spread with crunchy raw almond butter, cinnamon, pumpkin butter, and chia seeds, folded and sliced
  • 2 squares of (organic) dark chocolate with almonds

afternoon snack

black pepper and sea salt pistachios + gala apple slices

I also had a kiwi before heading out for a walk (<–it was 65 degrees out, on October 16th, in MN?!  I had to take advantage of that and ended up spending a full hour out walking).


I tried a new recipe for dinner–Ginger, Chicken, and Broccoli with Bulgur
*I subbed in brown rice for the bulgur since I didn’t find that at the store
I found it in my October Fitness magazine and thought it sounded good.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for it (something about the mint maybe?) and ended up eating only half of that dish.

Jesse really liked it though and helped himself to 2 servings, so it must not have been too bad ;)

I got rid of the rest of my dish and grabbed a bowl mug of cereal.


I made up a pan of Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars (Lindsay’s Recipe)…I packed most of them up to bring to a coworker, but J and I had to try a couple to make sure they were good, of course ;)


Are there certain health appointments you’re better at keeping up with than others??

When was the last time you saw a dermatologist or the dentist?

**let my not-so-impressive example serve as a reminder to you to make your health appointments a priority!
take the time for it now so that you’re not forced to be in that clinic (for a bad reason) in the future**


  1. oh i love your mug! it’s adorable xoxo

    last time i visited the dentist was last month for a cleaning, root canal & filling.

  2. Oh goodness, it has been a while since I have seen the dentist. I blame my teeth. They never give me any problems! I even still have all my wisdom teeth! They don’t bother me.
    I have never seed a dermatologist but I have really been wanting to go. I have lots of moles and freckles and I would like to get some of them looked at for sure.
    Cute mug btw. =)

  3. yay!!! i need to make a batch of those as well!

  4. I think the older that I get the more important those types of things become to me. :) Weird, but I had a mole pop up last year that threw me off guard and I went straight to the Dr to get it looked at. It ended up being removed and was fine, but I am more careful about checking out things on my body now.
    I love my local dentist, he sends me a notice every 6 months to get my teeth cleaned! I am currently in the process of getting braces and they also send me notices, which I love.

    It’s all about listening to your body and taking care of it! :)

    • Good for you for being proactive about it! I had my appointment this afternoon and they made me feel crazy for doing a preventative check without a family history. I felt like they should’ve said that was a good decision, you know?! Prevention now rather than a problem later?

      • What??! I have no family history at all, and I am so glad that I went to my dr! People can have new moles pop up until their mid forties, but I just didn’t want to take any chances. :)


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