Terri’s View: As I listen to the fireworks celebrating the birth of our great nation, it makes me proud to be an American and grateful to live in the greatest country in the world. Here we have our freedoms and the right to choose how to live out own lives. It is the choices we make as we grow up that determine the path our life will take. Should we hang with the cool crowd or the geeks? Should we go away to college or stay home? Should we get married or not? Every choice we make, whether we realize it or not, will have some ripple effect on where we wind up and the kind of people we’ll become.
As we make decisions that determine our path, the same principles holds true for our health. How we treat our bodies now will affect how we live our lives later. The exercise we do now will benefit us for years to come. The pounds we take off now will add years to what could be a short life if we don’t take control. The everyday small decisions that may not seem to matter at the time really do add up to create the big picture.
We make choices every day. We choose to get the kids ready and send them to school. We choose to go to work and do the best to our ability to get our paycheck, to keep our jobs and maybe even move up in the ranks.
Why would what we put in our mouths not be a choice that we have control over? Do we stop at the fast food place or pack a healthy turkey sandwich for lunch? Should I grab a bag of empty calorie chips or a handful of almonds for a quick snack? Food is a choice just like anything else in your life. Being heavy or thin, unhealthy or healthy is a choice. I choose to go to the gym. I choose not to eat pizza and ice cream everyday as I would like. I choose to use ground turkey over beef and vegetables over french fries.
Of course given a choice, we would all like to be slimmer and healthy. But just like our forefathers years ago, our choices come with a price. It comes with sacrifice and commitment. You are the only one that can choose to change your lifestyle. You are the only one that puts the food to your mouth no matter how much you may want to blame your upbringing or how your spouse cooks. Taking control of your eating and changing your lifestyle is a choice. But it is a choice only you can make. It is just a matter of when will you decide to make that life-changing choice.
Ed’s View: With the 4th of July here and gone, you saw and heard a lot of mix messages last week leading up to the big weekend. One show would provide a segment on a BBQ meal that was easily 2000+ calories, but then you turn the channel and another show was showing how to eat right at a BBQ. The next day the tables turned and both stations reversed roles; one show demonstrated healthy choices and the other showed a red, white and blue velvet cake.
With all the mixed messages out there it’s easy to see why people yo-yo and fight the battle of the bulge. Sometimes eating what you want, when you want it is easy to do. Then when we realize that we packed the pounds on, and we look for the quick fix, the magic pill or the surgery that will make it all better.
I have to admit, everyday is a challenge to make sure I eat the proper foods and get to the gym and to keep motivated. But, I also keep this in mind; I tried the quick fix, I took the magic pill and I’m not a fan of surgery – my choice was to make the lifestyle change.
I also think with the 4th of July that we have a great problem; most of us are lucky to know that we can get all the food we want and exercise while knowing that we are safe in this great land of ours. I say this; if you celebrated the 4th of July with food, family and friends, it is worth a calorie or two. Like I have said before, this is a lifestyle change and a long journey. Sometimes you have to just enjoy the moment.