On one of the spark teams that I am on, we were challenge this week to make a list of our reasons for being motivated to be fit and healthy. If you aren't part of the team, I still suggest that you take the time to make a list for yourself. I think it is great reminder with the holidays approaching.
Many years ago I broke my back sky diving. Actually it is what they call a compression fracture. To help you understand what that is, I'm including a photo, although this photo is not of my spine. Mine looks mostly like example C.
(yes the parachute opened but I had a very bad landing through trees and barbwire fences that caused me to land on my but rather than my feet)
Basically the bones shattered in little pieces but then heal back together in a new shape
I am thankful for the grace of God and that He allowed my back to heal and for me to continue to walk and lead a very active life. Throughout the years, I've had x-rays or ct scans for various reasons and the doctors always come back amazed at the extent of the injury and that I don't have more problems than I do. I've been told that the vertebrae is so close to the spinal cord that if I allow myself to get out of shape that I may loose the feeling in my legs. On a couple of occasions I stood to walk and had my legs give out underneath me. That hasn't happened since I've joined sparks and began strength training.
I do not spend every day worrying about it because I know that God is in control of all things, but it is also up to us to do something with what He has given us. For that reason, I am committed to stay strong and fit and live the life that He has given me.
Oh it does slow me down some and there are things that leave me in more pain at the end of the day than others, but I am blessed.
This is my main reason for staying healthy and fit
I carried that pack to the top of that mountain; all 60 pounds of it.
These times with my family are precious
If I couldn't walk, playing with these grand kids just wouldn't be the same
Really, what more motivation do I need but if that isn't enough to keep anyone going then there are these:
2. Last week my husband said to me "you sure are looking hot". Oh yes, everyone wants their husband to think they look amazing.
3. There are all the other health reasons. My family has a long history of diabetes and heart disease. I would really like to skip all those medications when I get older.
4. There is this gorgeous dress that I bought for my husbands yearly award banquet. I didn't get to wear it because my grandma passed away and so I missed the banquet but I would love to wear it this March for the next conference.
I will wear it!! We will dance!!! and I will "hot"!!!!