Wednesday, August 01, 2012
What makes us backslide? Why do we suddenly give up a course that is working for us and drop back into destructive habits? We know in our minds that if we eat healthy, live an active lifestyle, we are going to look and feel better, lead healthier and longer lives.
Do we just deny this to ourselves, refuse to look at it? I mean...who truly WANTS to enter our later years fat, unhealthy, and disappointed in ourselves? Who wants to bring on themselves heart disease, diabetes, immobility? Who wants to find themselves incapable of walking a slight uphill grade without gasping for breath?
There is so much great information, here on SP and elsewhere, about how to start from an overweight, unhealthy place and take back our lives. Why is it so darn difficult for me to start that journey and STAY on it?
I know for a fact that I am grossly overweight. I have osteoarthritis causing knee pain; high blood pressure and cholesterol; problems with breathing caused by smoking. I will start out on a program to make my life healthier and be truly excited about it, and then along the way just fall right off the wagon.
It's time to figure out what makes me DO that, and kick it right to the curb. I'm 57 years old and weigh 232 lb. I'm very happy that I've recently moved back home where I am near my family and friends. But it's time to take ownership of what I'm doing to my body and my health.
It's time to toss the diet sodas.
It's time to eat more fruits and vegetables; and give up potato chips for all time, since I KNOW I don't ever, EVER eat just a few.
It's time to look at how much sodium I'm taking in.
It's time to love myself enough to find the time on most days of the week to get in some darn exercise.
It's time to LOOK AT what I'm doing to myself and my life, and accept it, and move the heck on.
I know that I have so many wonderful friends here on SP who will help me in this journey; it's time to take those steps and keep on taking them, so that they can lead me into a healthier future.