|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM|
I hear it all the time "my parents are overweight so I guess that’s just how I'm made…or I know I should eat better / exercise but I just don’t have the time". To a degree our genetics, family dynamic, and lifestyle do play a role in what our bodies are capable of becoming. It is true that factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, and body frame may be inherent. True, work gets busy, kids have places to be, homework is picking up, and frankly you’re tired. The fact of the matter is you are using these “things” as a crutch to enable the easy choice to do nothing. When in fact it is the perfect leverage to do something!!!
Like many of you, I was not born with the “fitness gene”. I come from a family that enjoys southern cooking, grazing around the kitchen table, have sedentary lifestyles, and struggle with tobacco and alcohol addiction. I was raised on Frosted Flakes or Pop-Tarts for breakfast, PB&J for lunch, and country fried steak, mash potatoes, and greasy green beans for dinner. Also like many its a struggle to balance family, work and extracurriculars. I am a wife and mother of 2 young children who both have activities; need lunches packed, homework checked, and clean laundry. My husband works hard and helps when he can, but the brunt of the housework and child rearing is on me. In addition, I’m responsible for managing our finances, running a business, and working for a wellness center 25 hours a week.
It’s not about what's getting in the way but about making your health a priority to better equip you for that busy lifestyle. Once I started making healthier choices, I realized how much better I felt. I have more energy, strength and stamina, increased patience, improved digestion, and on, and on I could go. BUT.....It’s not something that changes overnight (sorry), start with small adjustments and adapting to those until it no longer feels so uncomfortable. Simply:
Recognize you will have setbacks and know that its okay to take 2 steps forward and 1 Step back. Progress is Progress. Acknoweldge your improvements and build upon each success. Bottom line; choose to be a better healthier version of you....no excuses! If you are confused about where to start, or what your next step should be, send me a message and I’d be glad to point you in the right direction.