When I decided to live a healthier life, I knew I needed a mental transformation first. There had to be a desire to choose healthier foods and to increase my physical activity. When I finally made the decision to “change my ways”, everything else (eating more fruits and vegetables, less fried and fatty foods, increasing my intake of polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats (avocado, canola and olive oil, nuts, and increasing physical activity) became the right thing to do.
We all can change our status, and I have found that no lasting change will occur, unless we have the desire to change. We will make time instead of complain about how we do not have the time to exercise. We will buy and use the equipment we need to use, instead of complaining that the weather is not conducive to our change. We will make our health a priority, instead of complaining that we never have the time or money to change.
We will do what we need to do to accomplish the change we want to take place.
Between 2013 and 2014, I put on a few pounds—more like 20 lbs. I wasn’t exercising and not really watching what I was eating. Although I had an almost one year old and a 3 year old at that time, I could not look at myself and continue to make excuses why I was overweight and not exercising or eating healthy. I knew I needed to start exercising for so many reasons including to reduce the strain I was putting on my body ( my heart trying to compensate with the extra weight, pancreas probably shooting out extra insulin with all of the carbs and extra calories, fatigue, moody at times, etc. I also knew that, for me, it’s not good practice to encourage others to do something that you cannot do yourself.
Going to the clubhouse to work out was just not working—the inconsistency was frustrating me big time, especially with trying to go when the clubhouse was open. So, in September of 2015, I bought a treadmill, and I have not looked back. I have lost the 30 lbs and then some. I am making better choices with foods, as well. I put my treadmill in a place that I can’t help but look at it everyday. Plus, I have equipment to use in the winter months.
I have seen others make positive changes in their life because they decided that waiting was not getting them anywhere. What are you waiting on? What positive changes can you make for yourself?
As I was preparing my dinner plate this evening, I was thinking about how I was going to repond to today’s word of the day. I almost left the dinner table to go start typing my response to today’s blog, and then I realized, is anything really that urgent?
Is it really that urgent to wash the dishes or throw a load in the washing machine or dryer instead of sitting down to enjoy a meal with your family?
Is it really that urgent to make a phone call instead of reading a book to your children?
Is it really that urgent to get to where you are going and have total silence in the car instead of leaving early enough and being able to sing a song with your children ?
Is it really that urgent to finish a home or work project immediately instead of taking breaks to drink water or eat a meal, instead of checking your blood sugars, checking your blood pressure, checking your heart rate, exercising for 30 minutes, or putting your feet up as prescribed by your doctor to control swelling in your feet?
If we plan accordingly, prioritze efficiently, and act in accordance of being in the best possible health possible while living your dreams and accomplishing your goals, then is there really anything that urgent?
From my heart to yours,