I want to share this post I found in the newspaper the other day, it made me realize how our everyday’s decisions build up either a good or bad quality of life
By Dai Manuel
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Skip the fast food — future you will thank you for it
I don’t have time. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to do it. And most of all, I have no idea why I’m doing it. Whether someone has a goal to be more active, release a few pounds, eat a little healthier, or simply read a book, these are a few of the most common excuses why people don’t change.
I’ll admit that change is hard. As creatures of habit we find comfort in consistency. Roof over our head, food on the table, a stable job and an annual vacation, all are arguably life constants we never expect to change. But when we experience an event like losing a job or having our home destroyed in a fire, all hell breaks loose. We never hope for these types of events to happen, but with some forsight can plan for them “just in case.”
We can buy house insurance, and we can pursue a path to continuously develop our skill sets to retain and gain career opportunities. These pro-active approaches to protecting your assets not only provides peace of mind, but also takes the fear factor out of the unknown. So if — or when — that life altering event occurs, you’re covered.
As a lifestyle mentor, however, I see more and more people gapping when it comes to being proactive with their health. We eat what we eat and have always eaten, without paying attention to the quality of what we consume. We take our cars to work, work an eight-hour day at a desk, most of the time sitting down. We drive our car back home, eat again, sit down on our couch and spend a few hours winding down after a stressful day while watching Netflix and surfing the web on the phone. We go to sleep and the cycle repeats — for years in some cases.
Fast-forward five, 10 or 20 years, and we are now carrying an extra 15 to 20 lbs. of fat on our bodies. Our knees and backs ache from carrying the extra weight. We have little energy and feel lethargic most of the day. We have little to no motivation to do anything outside our daily routine. Then all of a sudden one day we wake up and can’t bend over to tie up our shoes, we can’t walk up a flight of stairs without keeling over gasping for air, or worse still, we can’t play with our toddler at the park because our newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes has us riding the bench in life.
Unlike an accidental house fire or losing a job, when your health is too far gone, no amount of money will buy you a new body and no amount of continuing education will take your diabetes away.
The negative repercussions of compounding effects of time are apparent over months, and in many cases, years. One doesn’t wake up one day and discover they are morbidly obese, this happens based on poor lifestyles choices being made day after day for a long period of time.
Four weeks ago, the Kin’s Farm Market Transformation participants said, ‘Enough is enough!’ They committed 30 minutes a day to improve their body, mind and spirit. The plan was simple: 15 minutes a day for movement with purpose (body), 5 minutes a day for mindfulness (spirit), 10 minutes a day for personal development (mind). For 30 days the participants followed a plan, they invested the time into themselves and the benefits were immense. By day 28, each participant accomplished 420 minutes of exercise, 140 minutes of mindfulness and mediation along with 280 minutes of concentrated personal development! This is how the compound effect can work for us, rather than against us.
We’ve been following the progress of three very different challenge participants. All of whom experienced different benefits from a 30 minute a day ritual. Kevin, 52, said, “I’m proud of the progress I have made even with a busy schedule and a slight injury. There is no excuse not to get in shape as there is a way to work around anything. Just need the will to do it.”
Michelle, a busy mother juggling a full-time career, said, “The scale is slowly dipping — and I’ve made small changes every day in what I choose to eat. I’ve swapped out a carby breakfast for an almond milk protein shake, I plan out my meals for the week so I don’t hit the drive through. I guess that’s a few things. But being mindful of keeping active every day is probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve achieved!”
Abhay, our 26-year-old full time working student, was most impacted by the mindfulness practice. “It was amazing to see how half an hour, which is only about 2 percent of the day can have a significant change on your overall thought process. The meditation and self reflection part of the challenge might not have a quantifiable measure at the end of it, but it is actually the part which impacts the physical fitness the greatest,” he said.
The Japanese call this idea of constant and gradual improvement “Kaizen”. Using this principle, daily choices and actions were compounded over 28-days, bringing them closer and closer to the desired goal. One small decision, then another, followed by another, eventually leads to something far greater and sustainable. And in this case, health, happiness and all around, a life of awesome.
The Kin’s Farm Market Transformation participants shelfed their excuses. Said enough is enough and made a choice to choose health first. Are you ready to take action and choose you?
If so, feel free to join the next 28-day phase for free by visiting wholelifefitnessmanifesto.com/jointhetribe.