I suppose it has been a few weeks since I have posted anything. There were a lot of things going on, the details of which I will not bore you with. I have reached a point in my life where my path has diverged and I must choose which path to take.
This was not a major life event, it’s not my birthday, no one in my immediate family has died or otherwise suffered some devastating blow. This divergence is the result of my peering into the future and realizing what could be and what could not be.
One night, I lay back and closed my eyes and as usual, spent a great deal of time going over my past and tracing every outcome back to its initiating event and further back to the choice I made at the beginning of the sequence which led me to the event that led to the outcome and on and on. The summation of these thoughts was my realization that each outcome, bad or good, began with a single point in time during which a decision was made to act or to ignore or to run away entirely. Hindsight is 20/20 and as such, those crucial points in time are easy to spot.
Here in the present, such crucial points in time are easily missed. Decisions that have an enormous result over ones life pass us by as if they were no more important than which socks we chose to wear that morning. Not me, not this time. On this occasion, I was paying attention. I noticed the potential lifelong effects of my actions.
I do not exercise. I don’t eat badly but I wouldn’t say my diet is exceptional. It is average, healthwise. As I creep towards 40, I have noticed that I have gained around 20 lbs. Those 20 lbs didn’t appear overnight or even over a single year. Unfortunately, they will continue to pack on if I continue on in the lifestyle I have been living.
- I bought reputable books on healthy eating, power foods, nutrition, recipes and books on how to go about not just losing weight but becoming healthier and toner. Enough is enough. If I do not make the changes now, my metabolism will continue to slow and exercising will cease to be an option, I will begin to have more aches and pains in my joints, more muscle spasms in my back, the stones currently filling up both of my kidneys will get larger and begin passing.
- I made the choice. I decided to start immediately and change my diet. I bought all of the fresh veggies I needed to make some of the recipes in the books and for me to snack on. I stopped drinking sodas and sodas are one of my most favorite things in the world. I stopped drinking Red Bull. I stopped snacking on chips and Little Debbie snacks.
I now snack on berries – blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and yogurt.
- I have reduced my calorie intake dramatically.
- I have begun lifting arm weights at home with the intention of toning my arm muscles so they don’t become flabby skin just hanging there.
- I was having trouble getting motivated to do any form of cardio because I can’t run due to the lack of cartilage in my knees. Most of the cardio programs I found were too high impact for my knees. Finally, I discovered a partner to do my cardio with and a fun way to do it. My youngest daughter loves playing Just Dance and always wants me to play. I have to say, playing Just Dance, after dancing to only four or five songs, feels like I’ve been at the gym for hours. Those dances are full body workouts and the best part is, they are fun and I get to do them with my daughters. The fun of it and having fun with them makes me want to do it.
I see many talk about turning away from toxic people in their lives. For me, I have chosen to turn away from all of my unhealthy habits. I have turned away from my favorite foods and drinks. I have turned away from my couch
What about everyone else? What have you turned away from in the interest of a better life?