Maintaining your weight and staying active not only reduces the incidence of heart disease, which is still the number one killer, but also reduces the risk of cancer.
You know, we always talk about prevention being the best medicine. But most of us (myself included) aren’t really doing enough prevention.
I have two points I’d like to make about that.
Firstly, I’ve read that if one exercises 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week the likelihood of having a heart attack is extremely low. Almost nothing. Why aren’t more people talking about this? Why isn’t everybody doing it? Thirty minutes is less than 3% of your day.
The other thing I wanted to mention is a little story I just heard on an audio book on YouTube. There was a famous pianist who had just performed for a crowd. A woman went up to him afterwards to pay her compliments. She had mentioned that she’d give anything to be able to play like he can. The thing is, she wouldn’t give anything. If she wanted to play like him she would have to spend 2-3 hours or more per day for many years learning how to play the piano. That’s just not something most people are willing to do.
But some people are.
I am not an athletic person. I have a bad back and some really horrible problems with sleeping, so am extremely fatigued almost constantly. When I wake up from sleep I almost never feel refreshed or ready to go. However, this year I’m going to push myself harder than I ever have before.
I gained a lot of weight because of the issues I mentioned. I allowed my body to dictate my life for the past year. But now I am doing something different. I’m using my mind to control my body.
There’s so much I still want to do. I don’t want to end up in a wheelchair or with heart disease or cancer. I want to live, not just exist.
I miss hiking in the mountains of Colorado!
I changed the focus of this blog to be inspirational and motivational because these are things I need to hear. I’m writing to myself as much as to others. I’m ready to practice what I preach. Writing this post is a way to motivate myself. In the process, I hope it motivates you can too.
It’s time to get my butt in gear. I’m starting with the treadmill and stretching. I’m already doing intermittent fasting and cut out grains, soy, refined sugar, most dairy and pop. I’ve lost ten pounds so far. But I have a long way to go towards good health.
My stamina is low. I’m low on energy. I’m working hard on healing my gut which has a disproportionate amount of bad bacteria and yeast. My back pain is worse than ever. Those are things I’ve identified that I need to work on. No one is going to do it for me, nor should they. This is something I need to do for myself.
I see myself at a crossroad right now. This could go either way. I would most definitely qualify for disability due to my spinal diagnoses. I have very little disc space in two areas of my spine; my neck and lower back. I have major scoliosis so every single vertebrae is not only crooked but twisted as well. My arms and hands fall asleep every night. It’s difficult to stand for very long due to lower back pain. Sometimes I limp.
But I’m not going down without a fight.
I can still walk and move and sit and stand. If I can do those things I can exercise.
So like this quote says, I’m going to be the writer of this story. By the end of this year I’ll be a completely different person. I hope you follow along while I transform. I’d love to follow your transformation as well so give me a like or a comment so we can follow and encourage each other!
What are you going to do this year to better your life?
Whether it be giving up smoking or drinking, eliminating some other bad habit or allowing yourself to let go of whatever is not for your highest good, pick something. DO something.
No one can and no one should do it for you. You have been given your challenges for a reason. You can either claim defeat or fight like hell for victory. Even if you fail, you’ll know that you tried and will have learned something along the way. That alone is worth the effort.
Remember that little story about the pianist? What made him different from everyone else? It was his commitment to his art, belief in himself and perseverance.
If you want to really get inspired you must listen to this audio book called The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline. It is SO good. You can also find it here. I believe this book is one of those that has a real power to change lives. It can help an ordinary person live an extraordinary life.
I don’t know about you but I’m ready for an extraordinary life! (I’m planning on doing a book review which is coming up so stay tuned).
Thank you for reading!
May you be happy and well.