I finally made the commitment to take the daily action to improve my health. No, it wasn’t one of those BS promises we make to ourselves and never take action on. Being healthy is something I need to do for a life well lived. I need to build a body that will allow me to do everything I want to do in my life. I want to build a healthy body that will allow me to live a life of love, service, and adventure. Getting health will improve my energy, make me feel better, allows me to be capable of doing more physical things and increases my chances to lives longer.
As a late bloomer, I need more time to make my mark on the world. I missed a lot of time and experiences because I had to deal with internal battles. I struggled and overcame it. The struggle provided clarity, helped me identify my priorities, and added detail to my vision. Living healthier will reduce my risk for many diseases associated with lack of exercise and obesity. It gives me a chance to live longer and use the gifts I gained while I was struggling in that darkness.
Leading a healthy lifestyle will allow me to live a lifetime of love, stewardship, and adventure. Losing weight and gaining strength are byproducts of living a healthy lifestyle. These byproducts will help me eliminate an excuse not to do something. I can no longer say I’m out of shape, I’m not strong enough, or not capable. These excuses will melt away as I get healthier. I will have the endurance to achieve what needs to get done. I’ll have strength to get it done. I’ll possess the energy and mindset help me help others. My future adventures and trips will not be suffer-fests like the past.
Losing weight, eating better, and getting physically stronger will help me build my mind and spirit. Studies are finding that exercise help physically change and improve the brain. Exercise improves mental health. Eating the right foods provides the building blocks for a healthy brain. The brain has the capacity to control what you can do physically. It affects how you perceive the world. Losing weight, eating better, and getting physically stronger will help me be focused and perform mental exercises better. It will also improve my mood and confidence. It allows me to think more clearly. I can make better and bolder decisions. It will also begin this positive feedback loop where physical exercise improves my mind, my mind allows my body to get stronger, and my body improves my mind.
Since making the commitment, I’ve lost 11.8 pounds and two inches from my waist. How did I do it? It took consistency, patience, and persistence. I made small lifestyle changes so I didn’t overwhelm myself by doing too much. The biggest change was making the commitment and taking actions. A decision isn’t worth much unless it is acted upon.
I decided it is time to get healthy and I finally made the commitment to do something it. Have you made the commitment to get healthy and fit? What actions have you done to take your first step forward?