Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I was responding to someone recently who left a comment on one of my blogs. During that response, this blog came to me, but in the hectic world I live in I didn't have a chance to stop and write it!
There's a saying that states "Slow and steady wins the race". Many people apply this to weight loss and getting healthy. Slow weight loss of an average 2 pounds per week is the ideal by far. A person has a far better chance of keeping it off at this pace, which I feel is because during this time they are learning to make healthier choices in lives...not just with their food, but with every aspect of healthy living. The question I ended up with is...when is the race over?
Is the race over when you reach your goal weight? Is it over when you can physically do whatever it was you set out to do...like run a 5k or marathon? The answer to me is technically no. When you reach your goal weight, if you go back to the bad habits you had, you've lost the lesson you were learning on your journey to being healthy. If all you wanted to do was run a single 5k, then what are you going to do with what you've learned along the way of your training?
Being healthy is a lifelong commitment. There is no finish line. There is no point at which can stop and still be healthy. You do, however, reach a point where is becomes second nature to you to reach for the fruit rather than the chips, or going for that long bike ride is something you do for fun rather than because you have to. By this time, you've grown so used to setting goals, you'll be doing it all the time without a conscious thought behind it.
To me, the finish line is when your body can no longer sustain life...and hopefully that will be a very long time from now. In the meantime, enjoy every second of every day. You don't get them back, you know. Continue to work towards those days when your second nature takes over.
You will be amazed at the world around you when you do!