There is always a fine line between living a healthy lifestyle and slipping into inactivity, excess weight gain and poor health.
Let me show you what I mean…
The other day I was talking to a resident in my patrol area and the conversation turned to fitness… he asked me some questions about exercise and food intake because he was ready to restart and reboot his current lifestyle into a more healthy one.
As I was explaining some of the exercises I thought he should start with… something he said really got my goat… but I knew where he was coming from… so I stayed off of my soapbox.
Now what could this man say that could get me going so easily?
His comment was (drum roll here), “…but Doc that’s easy for you, you’re lucky, you’re slim and you don’t have to work as hard.”
I first thing I told him was that “luck” has nothing to do with it.
I explained to him that I decided that I was going to change the way I was living the moment I woke up in the hospital after my 3rd heart attack… and because I figured out that is was the life I was living that was making me feel so terrible for so many years.
I realized that if I didn’t change something… I was going to die a miserable man sooner, not later… and I wanted to see my children grow to become successful and productive adults.
I guess you could say that I figured out what was broken and why and how to fix it.
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy so I came up with a plan… a plan that involved me changing my life…changing what I ate and how much I ate (how much is often overlooked, this is very important).
I knew I had to start exercising and get proper rest… and I had a plan for that too.
After deciding what had to be done… I had to decide how I was going to do it.
I believed that through commitment, dedication, perseverance and a true desire to be healthy and enjoy life again was how I was going to accomplish the goal that I had set for myself.
And it couldn’t have come at a better time!
Now… I’m sure you know the definitions of the words I just mentioned… but I want you to see them how I view them…
You have to make the decision that this is something you’re going to do… and you’re not going to stop until it done.
It’s a pledge to yourself, you’re going to start on that road to better health and no one is going to stop you… not even YOU!
It’s something you have to make a top priority… and don’t let yourself be swayed.
Set a time and place for your exercise routine and don’t vary. You’re going to do it and family, friends and other duties will have to wait till you’re done.
This is an absolute must.
It’s your new way of life… and no matter what… this is the new you and this is what you do.
I would say to myself, “This is me and I exercise”.
That road to better health includes changing the way you eat.
It means changing what and how much you eat. It means the drive-thru restaurants are no longer a part of your life. It means making sure you have access to the right kinds of foods… not just the ones that are convenient.
I can’t stress enough how much dedication means to changing any lifestyle.
Stay with it. Don’t stop when you start to see changes… because that’s only the beginning! Don’t stop there!
As the pounds start to fall away and waist gets smaller… you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to pick up your new grandchild, how much easier it is to go up the stairs or even how much easier it is to bend over and pet your dog.
And that’s just some of the reasons why you stay with it.
Don’t even stop when you hit your goal… because there are new goals to be made!
You’ll want to stay with what works because you’ll feel better, more energetic and maybe even more youthful than you did before!
Life becomes easier… and more enjoyable.
It is a lifestyle change meaning it’s a change in the way you live.
So you see “luck” has absolutely nothing to do with it.
I changed my life style because I was overweight, out of shape and had done just about everything I could possibly do to destroy my health.
Oh! Wait, I was wrong…
I am lucky… because I figured out how terribly I was treating myself and how to fix it… now Rosemary and I are both enjoying life and loving it.
It’s just too bad I wasted so many years living unhealthy.
I guess I was “lucky” my health problems happened when they did… because a few more years of abuse… and I don’t know how or if I would have ever rebounded!
It’s never too late to make that change… if I could do it… anybody can!
Never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”… because you’re not and you can.
PS. It may sound a little strange labeling medical problems as “lucky”… but had they didn’t happened if they did… I may not be talking to you right now. One of my biggest accomplishments since turning my health around has been having the ability to pass my knowledge on. Last week, my first book, Says Who?! Why You’re Never Too Old To Accomplish Everything You’ve Always Wanted To… hit the shelves and in it I tell you step by step how you can do exactly what I have done, and that’s reclaim my life! To order your very own copy… Click HERE… and take your first step to a healthy new you!