The topic that gets me in the most trouble with some readers is obesity. I am not sure why this one gets more outrageous response than debt, organized living or charitable living, but it does.
It seems when I express my opinion/fact that being overweight can be dangerous and that carrying around too much fat increases the chance of heart disease and other health-related issues, people lose their minds. Am I speaking an untruth? Or has the political correctness mentality of the age gotten to the point that telling my readers facts about health is considered body shaming?
And before we get too far in this conversation here is my disclaimer: my comments are based on non-medically related health conditions.
The simple truth is you can live your life however you want!
You can live in debt. You can live the life of a hoarder. You can eat as much as you want whenever you want. I don’t care! Your life is your life. BUT, there will be consequences.
Is it a fact that too much fat around vital organs is dangerous? Yes.
Is it a fact that too much fat on the human body raises the chances of disease? Yes.
Is it a fact that too much fat on the human body increases the chances of high blood pressure? Yes.
Is it a fact that too much fat on the human body statistically shortens life span? Yes.
Is obesity a choice? In most instances, Yes.
Do I really care if you decide to carry around too much fat on your body? No.
I am not telling anyone that they must change their life. What I espouse are changes you can make IF you choose to do so. There is a huge difference.
Living a healthy lifestyle has nothing directly to do with weight! This is an assumption that many make and it could not be less accurate. Living a healthy lifestyle has to do with becoming more active, making better food choices and consulting with your doctor to monitor your body for disease. Your doctor can direct you as to what you should weigh based on your body fat percentage and your body type.
Ultimately, your life is yours to live. I learned a long time ago that I don’t have time to spend trying to convince people to do something they don’t want to do. Therefore, I invest my time in those that have decided that their values align with my values.
Even with all of this said, I will get emails from “outraged” readers. It happens every single time. “Obesity is not a choice.” “I have no control over my body type.” But what doesn’t happen is a reasonable objection to what I have stated here. And, by the way, the facts that I usually list are not my opinion, but facts printed and documented by the American Medical Association.
I encourage, but do not demand, that people take care of their bodies. Whatever that means to you so be it.
Your life, mentality and perspective are better when you exercise, eat healthier foods and practice better preventative health maintenance. Fact? Yes.
Recently as most of you are aware I began to refocus my health after gaining a few pounds from the holidays. I weighed in on January 8 at 185.6 pounds. I am happy to report that I weighed-in yesterday, January 18, (Monday is my habitual weigh-in day) at 181.2! Nice little 4 pound week!
Here are a few of the habit changes I have made since January 8:
- Introduced more fruits and nuts to my eating habits.
- Drinking more water
- Snacking on cottage cheese and lowfat yogart
- Eating more home prepared meals
- Introduced more veggies
- Tracking my food intake with my LoseIt app.
- Tracking my progress with a Monday weigh-in.
You will notice that my habit changes do not focus on things I am trying to quit. I have adopted the approach written about in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and instead focus on the positive habits I want to implement. I easily could have included “stopped eating candy” or “stopped eating fast food.” The mind that focuses on trying to quit anything will only focus on the action with which it is trying to quit!
Instead, focus to replace the unwanted or undesirable habit with something positive or desirable. In my instance, the positive habits are eating more veggies, fruits and legumes and tracking these efforts with my app. This mindset creates personal responsibility that will, in time, strengthen my resistance to junk foods and sodas.
I still have sour candy; I just don’t eat 10 pounds per week. I will still have an occasional burger; just not every week. All things in moderation.
The life you want to live is right in front of you, but it must be designed. You must have a plan for exactly who you want to be, what you want to have and what you are willing to give. Without a plan you will live aimlessly and your results will vary drastically!