Terri’s View: As I sit here trying to come up with a topic to inspire and motivate, I cannot help but be inspired by the concert for Haiti in the background. I struggle with eating a cookie or going for that second helping when there are people with no food at all. I motivate myself to get to the gym and can come home to a nice hot shower when these people have no homes at all. It makes me keep things in perspective as to how lucky I am, and if my worst problem is getting off these last 20 pounds, then life ain’t so bad.
We all need to be thankful for what we have in our lives and do our best to be the healthiest people we can be. Life and the people that we care about are a gift. It is in our own power to take control of our health and well being, and not to do so is letting life slip by you.
Looking at the big picture with all the illness and diseases out there, a few extra pounds does not seem like such a bad thing. But when ten pounds turns to thirty and thirty to fifty and so on, then the weight becomes a major problem. Yes, there are many worse things in life, but being overweight is not fun, healthy, or pretty.
Being overweight immobilizes our lives because we are not able to do all the things we wish we could. I stopped going to amusement parks when I was kicked off the roller coaster when the bar could not fit over me. I wouldn’t dance at a wedding or go to the beach. There were countless other joys that being overweight caused me to miss.
I am no longer trapped inside that body. I took control of my own health and decided I didn’t want to be that person anymore. I am grateful that my weight never caused any serious health issues. And I am aware that, yes, there are worse things in life. I have learned that it is important to keep things in perspective. I used to curse the food that I struggle with, but now I am thankful that I have an array of things to eat and I know that it is up to me to make the right choice.
Ed’s View: Hopefully if you are reading this you have taken or are thinking about taking a step in the positive direction towards a healthy lifestyle. It can be daunting to embark on something new and make changes to the habits and lifestyle we are oh so comfortable with.
From someone who has been there, let me assure you that the changes and the effort you put in are well worth the rewards you will gain. I know life gets in the way and it’s difficult to think about what to eat or how to shop in a conscious manner. It gets hard when you’ve worked all day and don’t want to exercise or to have to wake up early to get a workout in. It gets hard to make a healthy meal when I can just grab some fast food on the way home.
It can be hard, but it’s important to recognize that being healthy and losing weight are conscience choices we make every day. Drink water instead of soda. Eat a healthy breakfast. Make time for yourself and time to exercise. Keep the big picture in mind and keeping it in perspective. Be thankful for the body that has taken you through life this far. Be thankful that we do have an abundance of food choices and the freewill to choose on our own.
Now it’s the time to use that freewill to make some changes. Now is the time to be good to that body of yours that you have been neglecting. It is crying for some attention and some real nourishment and you are the only one that can provide it. Incorporate your partner into your new lifestyle and feed off of each other’s successes. Make this a life change and not just another diet, and you will definitely be a happier, healthier you.