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The changes God has brought in my life

1379317_10151983342269804_208571436_nThis morning, I am just in awe at the changes God has brought in my life. I actually have spent the weekend recovering from dental surgery, so no exercise, nothing too active because I don’t have time for complications. And I have spent some of the weekend pouting because it is the Princess marathon weekend at DisneyLand.

Who could have ever imagined I would come to a place in my life where physical accomplishments are what drive me daily.

I get sad when I see someone participated in a local race that I did not know about and just seriously I have made Mark crazy pouting about not running at Disney this weekend.

Oh and now on my calendar I count down all of the Disney races so I won’t miss registration before it is full. I WILL RUN A 1/2 MARATHON AT DISNEY this year, in November…..bring it on!!!

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Happy New Year!!

I am not much on New Year Resolutions, but cannot help but think of them as this new year approaches. It is certainly a time to reflect on the previous year and to think about the year ahead and to set some new challenges to you.  So as 2014 is about to begin, what are your challenges for yourself?  I get a chance to listen to people every day and I am so taken by how obsessed we are with numbers on the scale and have such unrealistic expectations. Some of those expectations are that we will loose all of our weight overnight with little effort and that somehow we will get back to a weight we were in high school.

My challenge to everyone, and to me, is to re-assess your goals. Instead of setting a pound goal, set a goal for your activities, and you will be shocked how the scale will change if you keep those goals. My goals for me are: 1) go to the gym 3x a week 2) journal what I eat 4 days a week (I find 4 days works well for weight maintenance) and to 3)run a 5K, to run the entire thing, not run/walk.

So Happy New Year……… have no idea how God might change you this year!!!!!!!

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Remember Yourself this Giving Season!


While you are out shopping for everyone else this season, think of yourself for a moment.

We can help you reach a healthier life and we endeavor to walk every step of the way with you.

Our mission is to replace “standard of care” with “excellence of care”. How can we help you?

Make your appointment today and come find out by giving us a call at 903-266-1599

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A New Me!

October 22 – This date, for personal reasons, always makes me stop and think about so many things. Makes me stop and think about where I come from and where I am going!!!!!

I am fully back at the gym since having plastic surgery, and I am back to the endurance and strength from just before surgery.

My next 5K is at Disney in 2.5 weeks, and I am going to work hard to get my time down just a little more. Should be fun.

I can’t believe I have become someone who goes to the gym pretty regularly.

I usually don’t look at the calories for exercise, but today I was looking at the treadmill after walking/running 2.5 miles in 30 minutes and it says I only burned about 200 calories; this is why people have trouble if they are not accounting for the food being eaten.

We think we are burning more than the reality. If you are trying to lose weight, you have got to account for what you are eating.

I hear people all of the time complaining about frustration because they are exercising but not losing weight.

When I ask if they are journaling, the answer is either “I am exercising” or “I eat healthy”.

Knowledge is power in this journey, you have got to be aware of what you are doing.

All of that being said, I do journal regularly.

I go to the gym regularly.

I am a new creation.

I watched the premier of Biggest Loser for this season tonight. They kept talking about 2nd chances. Well, I feel like I have got my first chance.

I am an all new me, and I am here to stay!!!!!!

Zana Elliott, MS, RN, FNP
Integrative Medicine of East Texas
Family Nurse Practitioner-Owner


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Impacting Lives…


It feels good to know that our patients are being positively impacted.

We strive hard not to be your typical health clinic – in fact; we want to be so MUCH more!

As an Integrative Medicine clinic, we are focused on healing-oriented medicine – which takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) – including all aspects of your life and lifestyle.

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An Update from Zana

This week always makes me think. There is more that you may not know about me:

(1) I was born in Duck Dynasty Land…..

(2) My husband and my kids are the brightest light in my life

(3) September 11, 2001 changed our lives, but could have been so much worse. My mind goes through the details every year at this time. We lived in Plymouth MA, I was homeschooling my kids, when my husband, Mark called from NYC as he looked on the World Trade Center and watched the terror that unfolded that day. Our church/family/and friends surrounded us and supported us. Mark has never been the same. As close as we are, I cannot imagine what he experience on the streets of New York that day as the first tower fell. I know that God saved him for amazing things!!!!


(4) I DID IT!!!!! I have completed my journey. Have you wondered what the total is….well I have lost 150 pounds and 7 weeks ago I closed the book on my past. 7 weeks ago, I had plastic surgery to remove extra skin from a lifetime of being overweight. The process gave me such closure. I worked so hard to get to that point. I have become a bit of a gym rat and managed to get into great shape before plastic surgery and I believe it is why I had such a great recovery. I was in great shape under all of this, I had been working out so hard to get ready and it paid off. I had lots of work done all at one time: lower body lift with anchor cut (incision up to the sternum), breast lift and reduction, arm lift, and long thigh lift. I was proud that I did not need any liposuction…just lots of skin.

So I practice what I preach, I am a 45 year old, post-menopausal woman and I am a self-proclaimed expert in hormones/thyroid disorder and weight loss!!!!

Zana Elliott, MS, RN, FNP

Integrative Medicine of East Texas

Family Nurse Practitioner-Owner

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Rule 1, Get Organized!

So lately everyone is asking me about my exercise routine. Well, if you had asked me 6 months ago, I would have said….”I don’t exercise”. I did not start my exercise routine until March 2013 (a year into this journey). I KNOW that exercise is good for me in so many ways, good for my bones, for my stamina, good for my brain, etc. …but doing it is another subject all together.


Well I had hit a bit of a plateau, so I challenged myself to my first 5K. Being a Disney freak, I decided my first 5K needed to be at Disney. After signing up for the Expedition Everest 5K (May 4, 2013), I had 2.5 months to prepare!!!! I visited the gym with a friend and found that I had better stamina than I thought. I joined Anytime Fitness and it began. I have a friend who encouraged me, so I put together a “circuit” for myself.

I did not want to be the person who spends hours in the gym and walks around wondering what I am doing next. So now I am somewhat settled in my routine. I go to the gym probably 3 times a week. I am there for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  • ELLIPTICAL 15 minutes
  • MACHINES 9 machines
    • 3 core
    • 3 arms
    • 3 leg
    • TREADMILL 30-40 minutes

    On the machines I do them in the groups of the 3 machines (i.e. 3core machines, 3 rounds at 15 reps each).

    I have used the couch to 5K program to time and measure my time on the treadmill; I try to go just a tiny bit farther every day. I have found that I just don’t have great endurance, so I just can’t run very long for each stint, but I run walk at a good clip and I am down to a 13.5 minute mile, NOT BAD, at least I think so.

    I travel lots on the weekends with my husband for his work, and I am finding myself looking at where I am going to walk/run while we are there. Recently we went to Austin for the weekend, and over a 3 day period, I covered 16 miles. Now I am shocking myself. I just keep saying to myself “I’M NOT WHO I ONCE WAS”!!!!!!

    Is it a perfect workout, uh, I don’t know and really don’t know that I care at the moment, what is important is that it works for me, I like it and I am doing it. I am developing muscles! My endurance is growing by leaps and bounds!!!! My body is changing!!!! I feel wonderful!!!! So it works for me.

    When it comes to your exercise, just find a place to start, but don’t wait for it to make changes. You have to combine being accountable for your food with the exercise. Find something that works in your life; don’t try something that requires you to change your entire life immediately. If you start there, you won’t keep doing it, it has to work in YOUR life!!!!!

    Zana Elliott, MS, RN, FNP
    Integrative Medicine of East Texas
    Family Nurse Practitioner-Owner

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Two Wonderful Years!


It is hard to imagine that this week marks two years since the experiment we call IMET began. As Zana’s husband, I travel most weeks and catch only glimpses of what goes on from day to day. In this unique view, I get to see the bigger picture of this adventure without all the daily problems that come with any new business venture and specially a medical practice dedicated to providing great service at a reasonable price during these hectic first days of a new national health plan.

What I have seen has been amazing, the 5 initial employees, Frank, Zana, Sissy, Gay and Gloria all still love working together and find ways to make their work space joyful and playful for their patients and themselves.

I have met their patients as I have traveled to local events or even at the local Wal-Mart and they entertain me as they talk of the transformations this practice has had in not just healing their bodies but also healing their spirits as they struggle with the trials and tribulation that life throws at them. Their patient rooms act as a sanctuary for those who need a friendly face and compassionate ear to help them find and fight the main reason that brought them in and not just the symptom.

Congrats IMET, I can’t wait to see what God does with each of your servant’s heart.