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Do I choose LIFE or a slow miserable decline to death via a poor quality of living

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Drastic, I know, but that's really the question. We all know the facts: Obesity kills. I could qoute #s and ways obesity can kill you, take your pick: cancer, stroke, diabetes.... The research is overwhelming. The more overweight, the faster the track to death. We know the more the weight the more miserable we are in our bodies. When I'm carrying extra pounds a hike up a steep hill doesn't sound like a fun challenge but rather a risky affair that may not end well (panting - chest pains, a fall, pain, or not being able to return due to fatigue). When I'm carrying extra weight I'm less motivated to do anything that requires effort from my body. My quality of life is definitly decreased. I feel lousy physically and emotionally. I have many more ailments. It's really a choice. Was that bag of doritoes in front of the tv really worth it? As I ate it last night, almost in difiance, very conscious of my choice, I wondered if it was a subconscious suicidal act. I'm not suicidal, I love my life on so many fronts. My weight and how it makes me feel miserable - I'm not so happy about that. So I made a sign that says the above title. Then I made sticky notes in strategic places that say choose life. We'll see how that works. I'm off for a walk. emoticon
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  • F8CONE8
    We can do this. I am terrified of cancer and I know that being overweight can contribute. Why is it we "do" all kinds of things but taking care of ourselves? well, we just don't have time. Well, we better make time. Thanks for the wake up call. Hugs
    3392 days ago
    I can tell that you are feeling down at the moment, and I'm sure the cold, dark weather doesn't help. I think it's a great idea to put little reminders for yourself in important spots. I read a book called The Beck Diet Solution: How to Train your Brain to Think like a Thin Person. It was great, and had very good, reasonable ways to change the way you think about food and health. It's true that being thin makes life much easier and makes a person feel healthier and more positive about life. I have been in both worlds and there is no comparison. Choose life- you are worth it. You can do it! emoticon
    3392 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2010 12:30:43 AM
    Well, given the choice, I think I'll choose LIFE!

    Make it your priority! The one thing you absolutely must do, given that you have this body keeping your mind company, is love it and take care of it. I think of mine as a pet...and I take good care of my pets!
    3393 days ago
  • ANDREA963
    Are you reading The Spark book? I have gotten quite a few good things out of it so far. I never truly understood the basics behind Sparkstreaks until reading it in the book. I think there's just so much information on the site that it's hard to digest it all and keep up with it. I'm back to basics this January. And I'm challenging myself to 4 basic Sparkstreaks to see if I can make it through January just doing those 4 things.

    1) Login in to Spark
    2) Drink 8+ glasses of water
    3) Log my nutrition trying my best to hit the SP ranges
    4) Exercise a minimum of 10 minutes (stretching, cardio, ST or combo of all counts)

    Chris' book really hit home with me on the importance of being consistent and the importance of fitness as a foundation to our day. I never thought of fitness as being as important as brushing my teeth or taking my contacts out to clean each night. But I'm seeing it now. Several members state that working on their fitness was a first step in eating healthy and making the right choices from that point forward. I'm putting some faith in the fact that what has worked for others will work for me. But it is also a huge change in direction for me. Something I haven't done before. Putting such an emphasize on fitness for me makes it more of a must and less of a chore. I don't go to bed without brushing my teeth, taking my contacts out, washing my face, and I'm not going to bed without 10 minutes of exercise this month... and I'm shooting for life. I know I'll have my days where I miss a day. I have nights where I'm so tired I forget to take my contacts out even though I brush my teeth.

    Anyway, I hope your plan works for you. But I also wanted to share with you what I'm getting now from the book, and maybe you'll pick a copy up and get some of the same, or something even different that will hit home. Best wishes.
    3393 days ago
    Good luck, I hope it works.
    3393 days ago
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