Your Attitude + Your Choices will = Your Life – Brian Tracy
Can Lifestyle Choices Affect Health? We all know the answer, and what the intelligent choice would be with regard to; our weight, eating healthy, exercise, smoking, avoiding lower back pain, but why is it so hard to make the right choice?
Most people want to live longer and healthier lives. We want the same for the people we love, and they want the same for you.
Be Your Own Best Friend
If we were our own Best Friend, what would we advise ourselves? Very few parents would urge their children to smoke, or provide their kids with cigarettes. But, why do we allow ourselves and our family to eat all the fat, salt, sugar and empty calories that making us Overweight and Undernourished?
Why Is “Healthy” A Dirty Word?
Why does it seem that the word “Healthy” is a bad word, or something to be avoided? Because we feel we may have to give up something. With eating healthy it means giving up our “comfort food”. With smoking we’re losing our best friend, our quick fix for any problem. Or we just don’t have the time to stretch or exercise to avoid our lower back pain.
You’re Not Giving Up Anything
That’s the hardest concept to learn. You’re trading an Unhealthy Choice for a Healthy Choice. You’re making a Decision that will allow you to live longer and healthier. Once the decision is made and you start feeling the benefits of the change, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make this decision sooner.
I’ve decided to have One Cheat Meal a Week, and I eat anything I want, whatever I crave most, that’s what I have. This isn’t a Cheat Day, just a meal.
What’s surprising is the anticipation of that meal and the realization are very different. It very often doesn’t measure up to my expectations.
I am Not a ‘Vegan’ or a ‘Vegetarian’ I Eat Meat! I Love Meat!
There I said it, I Eat meat, and cold cuts and bacon, and wings and hot dogs. I love all of those things. Am I going to give them up? Nope, but I’m not going to eat them on an everyday basis either. Why, because I think they’ll shorten my life. I love lobster, but I don’t need to eat them every day either.
I actually think I eat healthier than most ‘vegans’ because they regularly eat grains, and I don’t. Wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice, quinoa are all grasses, they’re fodder and filler as far as I’m concerned. Does that mean I never eat, bread or pasta? No, I just don’t eat them every day. You can keep the quinoa.
Far Be It For Me To Judge You
It wasn’t always easy for me to make the better Lifestyle Choices. I was Morbidly Obese for 30 years. I smoked for 40 years. My Dad dying of Lung Cancer only slowed me up for a while. I always felt better when I exercised, but life gets in the way and I made excuses. Don’t make excuses, make changes. If you can’t make major changes make simple minor ones, they all add up.
Lies That We Tell Ourselves
What we tell ourselves, over and over again is what we believe. No matter how outlandish the lie may be. If we repeat it over and over again it becomes the Truth… For Us. But they’re still Lies.
“I Don’t Have The Time”
If you don’t start making better Lifestyle Choices, you’re not going to have the time you want above ground. You’re not going to have the time to spend with the people you love, and they’re not going to have you.
“Healthy Food Is Boring…”
Compared to what? Have you ever tried Hospital Food? Food is supposed to Nourish your body, it’s not supposed to be an amusement park ride. I’m not a chef, but I am the best cook I know, and I love to eat, and I never eat anything I don’t want to, and neither should you.
When you start eating healthy the first thing you notice is that you can eat more, so you’re never hungry. As you wean yourself off of the Salt, Sugar, Fat and Empty Calories the second thing you notice is food, (real food) tastes better. Because your taste buds are not being masked any longer. Food tastes amazing! Give yourself a thrill.
The Words That Allow You To Fail
The Dirtiest Words in the English Language are the words that Allow Us To Fail. These are words no parent would or should accept from their children, but say on a daily basis to them, and worse yet to Ourselves. Those words are, “Try” and “Can’t”
You would never allow children to get away with, “Trying” to walk, brush their teeth, do their homework, would you? What have you “Tried” knowing you had no intention to succeed with?
“Try Not, Do Or Do Not… There Is No Try” Yoda in “Return of the Jedi” That was one smart little hand puppet.
“If you believe you can or can’t do something, in either case you’re probably right”
You Can make the right Lifestyle Choices and You Should, because your health your happiness and your life depends on it.
So, what are the Lifestyle Choices that Affect Health?
What I’m going to cover is what I’ve been able to find the answers for myself. That’s; Losing Weight, Eating Healthy, Exercising, Stopping Smoking and Living Without Back Pain. To me they are all interrelated. The solutions to these problems are amazingly EZ.
If any or all of these are problems you’re living with now, start anywhere you like, but start. Most you can ease into slowly, one day or one meal at a time, or just by getting up and walking or stretching for five minutes. One simple choice at a time.
It’s a journey you begin with just the first step. Don’t you owe it to yourself to take it?