Cost of fitness/Cost of obesity
We all do it…. “It’s too cold out”…. It’s almost the weekend….(one of my favorites): “My schedule’s too hectic right now…. I’ll get fit when I find more time.
…..We wake up a year later, 20, 30, 40# overweight, and are like: “What happened?” We resolve to change our life, and for a couple of days, it works…More resolute than ever, we really “hit it” again… Then, something stressful happens, we work later than expected, or just “don’t feel like it”, and go back to where we came from.
I know this because I used to be the king of it, and I still struggle with it daily. If I’m not careful, I can still be that pro at not only making excuses, but also lying to the most vulnerable person around- myself. “I’m going to eat great tomorrow…. I’ll only have this small dessert first this evening…..” ” Tomorrow, I’m really gonna hit the gym…. Tonight, though, it’s Soprano’s reruns, a slice or two (or five or six) of pizza, and a beer…” “What’s that? My body fat estimates are high (estimates were about 30%)? I’m just ‘large boned’….. Bet it doesn’t take that into account”.
Me in my mid-30’s.
In my mid to late 30’s I met an amazing speaker, Dr Robert Rakowski…..Keep in mind, that being a physician, I had heard by the way, for MANY years, that it is important to stay healthy, as well as how many health problems are related to a poor lifestyle. When I originally met Dr. Rakowksi, I was thinking, “what is this guy going share different than anyone else”?
But this time was different…. Prior to the seminar, I was noticing health problems in so many people that were close to me… I also was noticing the health issues I was beginning to see in myself as well.
Among other things, Dr Rakowski really got through to me that being fat kills people, and if I was fat, I was going to die early, and with chronic health problems. He taught me there’s a definite cost of obesity.
When he tested me through electrical body impedance, I realized that my “big boned” rationale was a little off; I was just plain fat…… And being fat was slowly killing me. Anyway, he asked for people to come up and have their body fat electronically analyzed. I went up, and to my astonishment, found that my body fat was at 33%.
Somehow, that seminar made my health concerns a little more urgent…..
I went home, and spent a lot of time thinking of how a healthy person lives their life, and how I was, realizing that I wasn’t living mine healthy. That seminar wasn’t the major turning point in my health, but it was still an experience I remember today.
Me Getting healthy
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Anyway, I realized that I had to find the time/desire to do several things. I had to find out what eating for a lifestyle meant; not just a popular diet, but an actual long-term lifestyle. (Didn’t happen overnight, by the way-it took countless hours of research, and even today, I still struggle to maintain the strides I’ve made, but somehow they’re a bit more bearable).
I needed to find the time/best methods for exercising. I knew that going for a walk was good (I already had done this in the past), but for whatever the reason, I was still overweight.
Last, I also needed to find the “why” I wanted to be healthy. Apparently, whatever had made me want to be healthyin the past was no longer was working, or I would not have been so fat.
Cost of Obesity
I sat down and made a list. Here’s some of the things I wrote down:
-No energy to travel.
-Increased Alzheimer’s chance
-Increased money spent on health problems
-Lower than desired sex life with my wife
-Good chance (due to my high blood pressure associated with my obesity) that I would end up having a stroke like my grandfather, and possibly be bedridden for 18 years like he was.
Costs of being healthy
I also learned that there is a cost of being healthy. I wrote down those costs as well:
– Time spent figuring out ‘why’ I wanted to be healthy (continuous work in progress for me). Some people have a “why” that is instant, and always at the forefront of their mind. Mine isn’t like that. Mine takes continual reflection of my goals, my hopes, and aspirations to keep that ‘why’ strong enough to continue being healthy.
-Exercising based on pre-planned schedule (so I exercise even when I don’t feel like it)
-A couple hours per week planning and cooking healthy meals
-Absence of ‘gorging myself’ to make problems ‘go away’
-Being responsible for status of my health, and not validating the belief that I was some sort of victim.
-Not validating the feeling like I was some sort of victim.
Benefits of being healthy
Far too many to mention…. Being healthier has led to an amazing life. Fun at the gym, going biking with friends, business relationships developed due to the commonality of being ‘fit’, better sex life with my wife, more assurance that I won’t be afflicted with chronic disease….. Getting to create a website that I am privileged to help others with.
What do you think?
When was an ‘aha’ moment/event(s) that have moved you to become healthier?
What was a cost you had to pay to get healthier?
Is there one particular story I’ve shared that you resonate with?
Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
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