Motivations, Inspiration, and a Bucket List?
Friday, January 04, 2019
Still thinking over this article. I simply find reading over a list of motivations, well, motivating. It brings back to life the things that motivated me to start on this journey in the first place. Next month will be my 1 year anniversary of BEING BACK on the healthy track in life.
It has gone pretty well. I wish I had lost faster and think that more dedication to strength training and cardio would have helped. But basically, I do think that things turned out the way they were supposed to.
Vanity certainly played a role. I didn't like the way I looked in pictures, but was determined not to hide from the pictures. After all this is what it was... and in the end, not hiding from pictures was part of the reason I was inspired to start back on a healthier journey.
As well, My Dad asked me to help HIM out by cooking South Beach diet ways. And because I wanted very badly to have more control over my own diet and what I ate, I was willing to do that, and the rest of the family let me do that. I actually think the whole family is happier, which is a BIG bonus.
Family support has been a key element. When I lived in my own house (long story) I had absolute control over what food was in the house. It made things far easier for me.... now it is different and I live with three other family members. Wouldn't have it any other way, but it is a different set of challenges.
The other key thing in the article is, can you take care of your family in the condition you are in. I was going downhill rapidly, and it wasn't going to get better unless I changed some things. God willing, I will maintain the motivation to get healthy and fit, even after the family is gone. Because life just is better when you physically feel better. The sugary & high fat stuff is a transient pleasure.... being able (and WILLING) to walk and work outside is a far bigger blessing. I need to remember this.