There are a million politically correct ways of saying it, but the truth is, I was fat. I wasn't healthy at any size. I wasn't healthy at all. I got lazy and didn't put forth ANY effort to be healthy. I read a great article today: The Truth? Healthy Living Requires Effort. The late-night infomercials and magazine ads will lie to you and tell you all you have to do is buy this piece of equipment or take this pill or drink the shake and the weight will fall off. First of all, it won't, and secondly, even if it did, you probably still wouldn't be healthy.
It takes real effort to get and stay healthy. An excerpt from the article:
"Is it fair? Never.
"Is it easy? Definitely not at the beginning, and certainly not always after that.
"Is it doable? Absolutely."
I am living proof of that, and I won't lie to you. It wasn't easy, and it still isn't easy nearly 90 pounds later for over a year and a half. It takes effort every single day. I don't love exercise, but it's something I do to keep my body fit. And while sometimes I have to make myself exercise, I NEVER regret having done it when I'm finished. Some days I want to pull in the drive-thru at McDonald's and get a super-size order of fries, but I don't. But if I truly want to do that once in a great while, I do it and don't regret that decision either. I am not perfect, either in my food choices or my exercise plan. But I do my best and forget the rest. This is my life and well-being at stake.
Healthy living is not just about size and weight, although I have to admit, I really feel fantastic about my body now. It's about functional fitness, strength and being the best you can be to improve every facet of the quality of your life.
So stop with the excuses. I had an arsenal of them at one time, but if I did this, you certainly can. I was fat. I didn't like who I was. I did something about it. I tell you it is absolutely worth it.
I'll leave you with this last line from the article:
"Health is incredibly valuable. It requires effort. There's just no way around that."
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