In the midst of a barrage of information on weight loss and physical health, it is hard to determine what is true and what is just a scheme to separate you from your wallet. Let’s just cut to the chase.
A healthy body gives you the ability and stamina to keep moving ahead. It increases your mental sharpness and makes it possible for you to live fully alive. Here are five facts that I hope will inspire you.
Fact #1: You CAN change!
I was once sixty pounds overweight and I saw major changes in every facet of my life starting with the first ten pounds I lost. Now fifty pounds lighter, I once again have the strength and stamina to cavort with my grandchildren. I am now able to throw them in the air and catch them 50 percent of the time.
Fact #2: If you want to live fully alive, you must change.
I had ballooned to the point that I looked like a walking manatee. I did not want to be mistaken for a beached whale so I was inspired to improve my strength and endurance. Most of all I wanted to live again.
Each of us has those moments in life where we are inspired to get in shape and regain a healthy lifestyle. But even without such a moment, knowing that the choice is really a matter of life or death should be the greatest motivation of all.
Fact #3: You must choose a goal worthy of your life
Most of us set goals that are too small. If your motivation for getting in shape is limited to fitting into a certain size dress, your goal is too small and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Especially if you’re a man.
As soon as the zipper zips, out come the potato chips!
Before you know it, you’re sliding downhill, struggling to recapture the same hard-won ground again. Over time your weight will yo-yo up and down, resulting in even poorer health, greater lack of confidence, and deeper discouragement. I still struggle to get it right, but I refuse to give up.
The healthier you get the better you will look, but the ultimate goal has to be worthy of a lifetime of commitment, one that will motivate you to live every day fully alive, healthy, vital, and capable of being all that God created you to be.
When we were filming the theater release for Fully Alive, I announced that I had lost forty-seven pounds and felt better than I had in twenty-five years. Someone in the balcony yelled, “Show us your six pack!” You know, six pack, that stack of abdominal muscles below your rib cage that is supposed to look like . . . well, a six pack! I’m sixty-five years old and in fairly good shape, but. . .
I don’t have a six pack. I’m 66 years old! What I have what looks vaguely like venetian blinds!
But the body I have now serves me well and allows me to serve God well. That requires stamina, a clear mind, and willpower to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way.
Fact #4: You have to Start now!
In my book Fully Alive I counsel that the very first step in this process is to take the first step NOW….. MOVE! Not tomorrow, not later.
The best time to have started may have been years ago but second best time to start is NOW!
Walk, run, swim, stretch, move more today than you did yesterday. Keep improving. You can read the books later, get the equipment later and track your progress later. Start your progress today. You will be surprised at the self esteem and feelings of well being that come with being active again. I get hundreds of messages testifying to a new outlook on life. I would love to hear from you.