Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Mind, body and soul from just a regular Army guy
When you join the military, you take an oath - “I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” and, as you serve, you uphold that oath you took. Your mind, body and soul are all aligned with this oath. After all, I was a GI, right? Everything was geared toward defense of the United States of America regardless of the personal reasons for which I might have joined, or the fringe benefits. We shared the same commitment - serve and defend. The mission must be achieved. I must adapt and overcome. This was not only a way of life, but it provided some life lessons I desperately needed to learn. Having goofed off for four years of high school prior and not establishing any sort of life plan, I needed to get a plan and quick. I qualified to be a 54 Bravo, nuclear biological and chemical warfare specialist. (That sounded pretty fancy.) With the GI bill and the best physical fitness routine and shape I’d ever been in to boot, I was getting all set for life - finally. Not only that, but momma was proud too. My chest got big with just the thought of it all. So off I went - 18 years old and fresh out of high school. And I served my three year hitch and fulfilled my oath.
Fast forward 25 years. I’m married to the greatest wife on the planet, we have two amazing kids and life has happened, a lot! That 190-pound frame is now a 295-pound frame and it seems I’m starting to get more aches and pains daily. I’m a nurse at the VA and obviously not a good example of one physically. It was safe to say that my mind, body and soul were a bit out of alignment. Then, in 2015, I had a good friend challenge me to get on the scale one night and he challenged me to a weight loss competition. I beat him, of course, and was able to maintain a 30-pound weight loss over the next year simply by learning about a whole health diet and mind set. I’m learning how balancing out different aspects of life such as food, drink, proper sleep, personal development, working out , soul and spirit aspects, relaxing and refreshing environments all work together to bring my mind, body and soul back into alignment. Now I’m on a whole different trajectory, a holistic one and it’s incredibly refreshing.
“When you change your mind body and soul, transformation can happen.”
Jeremy C. Jobe, LPN
Truman VA Health and Wellness Coach
Needing extra support in making changes for improved health and well-being? Truman VA offers Whole Health Coaching, MOVE!, Smoking Cessation, and many other programs that can support you each step of the way. Ask your health care team for more information. To learn more about Whole Health, visit: https://www.va.gov/patientcenteredcare/.