Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What is Holding You Back?

Fat held me back from living my healthiest and happiest life and I got tired of it. I hated feeling tired and weighed down all the time. I hate that I spent so much time in a food coma. I hate that I misspent so many years hiding from my feelings, being afraid, years during which Big Macs, brownies and cookie dough were more important than living up to my potential.

But those days are over. As much as I still love and enjoy food, I don't live to eat anymore. Food is not more important than my health. That box of cookies isn't worth the sugar fog, depression and weight gain that comes with it. I'm enjoying thinking of new ways to fuel my body with the best quality, most nutritious and delicious food I can find and prepare. My body thanks me for it with every step I take, with every bit of weight I lift, with every shift I work.

What is holding you back from living your most vibrant and healthy life? What is keeping you from taking back control of your health and control over your relationship with food? Do you really want to look back, many years from now and regret not making the most of every single moment? Taking the first step is actually making that first step. Don't wait until Monday, don't wait until after Valentine's Day. Make the first step now.

4 comments:

  1. Andra,
    Thanks for this. I turn the big 4-0 in a couple of weeks and I've been none too happy about it. Saying "goodbye" to my youth is only part of it. When I face myself honestly, I know much of my horror at turning 40 is really based on the fact that I'm not as healthy as I know I should be...and I don't feel comfortable in my body. I am at a very good place in my life with regards to work, family, friends, etc. I finally KNOW who I am and what is important to me, and I have come to terms with much of what has needed "coming to terms with." All except my weight. I have stopped and started; been motivated and lost the motivation; hopped on and off the wagon; cleansed, detoxified and lost, only to dirty, sludge up and gain again. With everything else falling into place in my life, and facing my next phase of life head-on, I realize that I must take charge of my health NOW. I must take control, stop stalling and making excuses and live the life I have imagined. If 40 is the new 30 as "they" (whomever they are) say, then I'm going to set out to prove that. Turning 40 isn't going to send me into a downward spiral of yet more unhealthy living. I am going to face 40 with my head held high, my gut sucked in, and a new determination to take healthy steps to make each moment, each day, each year count to its fullest. Thanks for all of the motivation.
    Hugs, Lara

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  2. Lara! You sound ready, so seize the day. Ditch the wagon, quit dieting and start living. You will enjoy every facet of your life even that much more when you feel healthy, fit and strong. You *can* do this!

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  3. It's true - don't wait for any special date or reason. Just do it!

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