By Clint Fuqua
The odds my friend, are sadly not in your favor. In fact they are very much stacked against you, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about that. I don’t write this to belittle your efforts, or stop your resolution to get healthy (as you intended on January 1 as you and many others do every year.) I write this to help you realize and accept this fact for your own benefit. Back in October you would have had a 90% chance of success, followed by 75% in November, and 50% chance in December.
In January, this drops to a spirit and dream crushing a 1% chance. By January 15th (aka Resolution Dump Day) 50% of the people that started a health program will quit, and by Jan 31 another 30% will hang their hopes up until next year. February puts a candy covered stake through the heart of another 10% leaving only a meager 10% to March forth with half of them washed out in April showers.
By the end of April, only 5% of people who started with the best of intentions have survived, with the benefit of a slightly better summer body that might melt away another 4% by July 4th. The problem is that the resolutions were only the best of intentions, rather than realistic, well-planned solutions with resolute willful intentions. The only way to gain the life and good health you want is to lose the life and bad health you have.
You MUST be willing to lose big – and face all the distress of it – when playing the odds to be a part of the 1% in health and in life.
Failing to plan is just planning to fail, or at least giving yourself an out so you don’t have to change or improve. Fear of change and progress are the two things that hold 99% of people back. Change is tough, and improving or progressing is even tougher because you can’t and won’t be the same person you were and neither will your life.
Make plans to improve your life through small simple steps that will solve the problems you face on a daily basis. Make plans to move a little bit each day by scheduling time to do it. Make plans to eat better meals every day by making them. Make plans to treat yourself better each day by feeling it. Make plans to treat those you care about better each day by voicing it. Make plans for a better life and follow them through. Find others that will help you hold yourself accountable to those plans and stay away from those that trash your plans. Stack the odds in your favor to lose big in the beginning and live better in the end.
Movement is life. Everything in life is in constant motion creating changes we must deal with or the changes we live with. Sitting through life makes it a movie watched rather than an experience lived. The only way to experience life is by having the ability to walk, play, dance, and climb your way through it. Exercise is the means of enhancing these abilities to get the most enjoyment out of the adventures we seek and find in life.
Walking is the most basic form of exercise and by far still the most beneficial for maintaining good health in as little as 30 minutes a day. Lifting and stretching keep your muscles strong and pliable for hours of play when done every other day. Dancing keeps your sense of balance on the level so you stay on your feet and off the floor when done just once a week. Climbing helps you stay coordinated and able to keep a grip on life even when if feels like you are on a ledge when done as little as once a month. Keep on moving so you can keep on progressing and living, or watch life pass you by as you sit still.
Energy can not be created or destroyed, only transferred, and in some cases stored. The meals we eat and snacks we munch should be made up of energy that came from nature, though often it now comes from a lab. The problem with getting your foods from a lab is that much of the energy in them has already been transferred before it ever gets to you. The small amount left leads to eating more and more as your body, feeling starved, works to store and store. Processing and packaging has a price with the debt often felt in your pocket and seen on your waist. Getting your foods from nature gives you a full transfer of energy so less is wanted and extra storage is not needed. We are made of the things from the Earth that no lab can mimic, copy, or create and to transfer those energy deficient fakes in to a true miracle of nature is to destroy yourself with every bite. Eat meals and snacks of pure energy and watch your world expand as your waist contracts.
- Planning can be a great motivator, and even better measure of success when using it to improve your life. Be the minority that uses planning to be a positive influence in the lives of others by letting it show through your healthy life, body, and attitude.
- Move your body every day for success in all aspects of life. The more you start to move your body the better it will be able to move and the more you will want to move it
- Eat well and learn how to do it to keep your energy and strength up as life can get harder and harder the further you move into improving yourself and your health. This one thing will feed your health just as it will starve out disease and protect your wealth.