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Chosing to live life healthy

My goal at the beginning of this year was to lose another 50 lbs. Much to my chagrin I have not gotten close to that number yet. January 1 is not here just yet, so there is still hope. There is hope that I will lose some more weight. I might not lose the 50 lbs, but that will not be a show stopper for me. My ultimate goal is not necessarily to pick an arbitrary number on the scales, that will make me happy. A number will not make me happy or healthy. My goal is to live life healthy. The key word is to live life. Live life to its fullest. To do what I can, with what I have, today. I chose to not live in the past or to wallow in my past failures or regrets. I chose to look forward to tomorrow and to try to make better choices.

I have determined that I will try to make better food choices so I can eat healthy. I am also determined to get a minimum of 1 hour of exercise every day. Whether I am going to planet fitness or walking I chose to exercise because it is good for me. Exercising helps me to reduce stress and increases the quality of my cardiovascular system. Yes, you can start to call me Mr Exercise. I believe that weight loss will occur if I do both of those things.

In an effort to remain committed to my exercise goals I am participating in the first 5k walk on Thursday October 11th in the evening. A 5k is a little over 3 miles and since I have been walking 2.5 miles and put o 4 miles I know that I can do this. No, I will certainly not finish in the top 10 percent during that event BUT I promise that I will finish. I will finish and I will be happy that I did it. I am actually going to consider it my exercise time for that day. See how easy that is? Make a commitment to do something and then find ways to do it. You can do it and you can have fun at the same time.

No matter what type of exercise you chose to do, just do it. Walk, ride a bike, go to the gym, swim , anything. Whatever you do, do not give up on yourself and do nothing. Someone posted something funny on Facebook the other day that I can relate to. It was a picture of a fat man who was walking. The caption said something like this. ” you may be going slow but you are walking laps around people who are still sitting on the couch.”. To me, that was a a positive encouragement.

When I walk the Arthur Ravanel Bridge in Mt Pleasant I usually feel like a slug. I have everyone passing me going both ways, up hill and down hill. I could let that discourage me and get depressed about it. If I were to say that I do not have to fight those feelings I would not be totally honest about it. There are days that my weight and being morbidly obese does get me down. There are days I would rather just sit on the couch and surf the Internet. I chose to overcome those feelings and realize that it is going to take some time to reach my goals. I also have a lot of folks in my life that encourage me and cheer me onward. That encouragement is worth its weight in gold. To those of you who take the time to do that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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