My last night of inspiration from the lecture from Kary Odiatu and Dr. Uche is all about getting up and making change. It is about how you feel after you start to make these changes. At first it all feels uncomfortable, like too much work, too much money and you can keep going w/ the excuses. These are all excuses by the way. I have a rebuttal for all of these. Uncomfortable–it is good, it means change and change is always welcome–the same is boring. Too much work–anything that is worth something is work. No friendship, relationship, job, whatever is easy–you have to work for the good things in life. Too much money–initially, but imagine the money you save when you aren’t having to be treated by the doctor for sicknesses. So, please save all the excuses b/c that is what it is and get up and make change. Do something. Anything. Just do it!
Again, you only have to change one thing at a time. Trim back the calories, start to walk and turn that in to something bigger. Next step, only have chocolate every 10 days, turn the walk in to a light jog and so forth. A great motivational tool is to have a friend or partner to do the workouts w/ you. Find a walking group, running group, hikers, dog walkers, etc. There’s many people who want to get out and enjoy life, take in all the glorious nature and things around. You will find someone. MG and I are each other’s motivation. On days that I don’t want to do anything, he pushes me and vise versa. Here we are doing 400 stairs on the escarpment. Also, we try to help one another curve the bad food cravings. We don’t stop completely eating all the fun things, but we just trim back. This is what it is all about. Doing something good for you and hopefully encourage a loved one, friend, even stranger to take the reins and live a longer, healthier life.
I love to work out. Even though I truly enjoy it, I don’t wake up every day wanting to go for a jog or do the stairs or whatever workout it is that day. I do it b/c I know it is helping me stay healthy, stay in shape and most of all: I like the way I feel after. After you do some exercise you get endorphins. Endorphins give you energy, excitement and an overall “take on the world attitude”. It doesn’t matter how vigorous your workouts are, just do something. Get out for a 30 mins walk, do some situps, something! You have to get the blood circulating. Inactivity is the number one cause for many things–cancer, diabetes, just to name a few. When our blood sits stagnate, it is not moving and passing infections through and out. I don’t want to get too technical and you don’t have to take my word, research it for yourself, but inactivity is the worst thing you can do for your health.
Paying attention to what you eat and drink. You do have to count what you drink b/c unless it is water, it probably has calories or fat or something. Try to start making healthier choices and you can cook one meal that can last you 3 days. That is great b/c you have dinner ready for half of the week, just off of one preparation. For instance, we made the Creamy Avocado Pasta (under my recipe tab) and it only took 15mins. So easy and oh so delicious. Try it! Quick, easy and healthy. Can’t ask for much more. Also, just b/c you do a workout doesn’t mean to eat more. Don’t slip in to the mindset that b/c you were active you can eat whatever. If you are trimming back, eating healthy and doing exercises you will notice positive changes in your body (physical on the outside) and overall healthier on the inside. Try it and I hope to hear some great, inspiring comments after you do.
Take a look at this picture. There’s all ages in this photo and every one of them feels good. Every one of them goes for walks or hikes or something daily. One of the older gentlemen in this family photo has gone through some rough health issues (he is in his 80’s), but walks at least 30mins a day no matter what. He claims it is why he is still here today!