Every blogger is entitled to go on a bit of a rampage from time to time. Right? I promise this is not what will feed these pages for posts to come, but I also have promised to let you know what is on my mind throughout this healthy lifestyle journey of mine. And this is it for now:
It bothers me when people take for granted or utterly do not recognize the hard-work individuals put forth to live by the healthiest means possible.
I am what I am because I choose to be so. You are what you eat right? It's a glorious cycle. I'm healthy and appear to be so because of how I treat my body. I make healthy choices and therefore I am healthy. I wasn't just born a health-nut. To most peoples' amazement, I work hard for my own and my families health.
I wake up every morning at 6:30 (give or take a couple days) and work out or run. I eat several small meals a day (no meat, healthy whole grains, fruits, veggies, and sweets-yes we all get treats if we work for them. Oh and I virtually exclusively drink water and skim milk). And low and behold! My family has the same diet because The One who shops makes the menu.
What if I didn't do this? What if I woke up (at noon), had a pot of coffee, fast food for lunch and dinner, did nothing productive all day, and then topped it all off with a long night of drinking and no quality sleep -- only to be followed up OF COURSE with complaining about looking like crap and feeling worse than crap? Would I have the energy to work out? Would my skin be clear? Would I have a slender figure? Would I want to eat healthy meals? WOULD I HAVE THE DESIRE TO OBTAIN ANY OF THIS? No. (trust me, I know, I've tried it that way. All of the above is me in a different, previous life of sorts :) This is how it works:
You train your mind and body to crave the health and you get the Healthy Thoughts. It doesn't come naturally to any of us that I'm aware of, but we FAKE IT UNTIL WE MAKE IT-as The Wise have told me. You just go through the motions and low and behold it happens. The Healthy Thoughts, Healthy Choices and Healthy Mind and Body follow.
Remember: Some of what we get is God-given but MOST of it we work for.
Now, NO FEAR the next post will be full of good information to go feed your families with -- I owe you that much for putting up with this. Stay tuned! =]