Those of you who know me will find it hard to believe that I have allowed myself to get in this condition. Running and working out has always been an important part of my life. Running was quite spiritual to me and allowed me to pray and be thankful for so much. Quite a departure from the norm, I stopped exercising and stopped paying attention to nutrition. I think that I forgot that whining and moaning about my weight and my physical condition does not change anything. In fact it does not only keep change at bay it allows for negative outcomes.
Thankfully a few days ago I had the good sense to call a friend and admit that unless I met someone or was accountable I was going to keep on hitting that snooze button. My opportunity clock has been blaring and I have ignored it. The fact that I have become a larger version of myself has not been enough of a negative to change my bad behavior. At 54 I realize that I am responsible for my health and the only way to do that is to stop whining and start working.
I decided I would very publicly announce that I am going back to basics and paying attention to what I can do to be the master of my good health and physical fitness. And in keeping with my understanding that we are what we think about and talk about I am changing my self talk to reflect that core belief.
Today Hugh and I walked on the beach in Laguna Beach and the joy of seeing those beautiful waves and feeling the breeze on my face was great encouragement today.
Each step I took I was thankful that even though I was slow I was moving forward. With each step I took I thanked God that I still had the ability to change. With each step I thought of all of my blessings. With each step I thought of all the many people who would be so grateful to be here walking on this gorgeous shoreline. With each step I reinforced that the movement and the motion forward will propel me to a better place physically, mentally and emotionally.
So take this walk with me and if you are reading this share with me a time when maybe you too thought that whining was an exercise. If you are like me you found out that it does not burn calories so you might as well hit the road. And as we journey please remember what I always say, “The only people we have to get even with are those that have helped us.”Print Story