Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is Being Healthy Really That Important?


Growing up, being active and healthy was always a huge part of our family. We were encouraged to go outside and only allowed one hour of television a day- even in the summers. And the only snack we got was one a day out of a "snack drawer." We always had balanced meals and rarely had sweets. As a small kid, I hated it. But as an adult looking back, I am thankful that my parents set those rules. I was not only physically and mentally healthy, but it gave me confidence in myself. 

So naturally, as a parent, I am going to encourage those same types of things. But before I do, I need to make sure my life lines up with my words. I can't tell my kids they need to eat their vegetables so they can be healthy while I chow down a cheeseburger. I also can't tell them to go play outside because its good for them if they never see me leave the couch. And when my girls are teenagers and start battling insecurities, I can't tell them to be confident in who they are if I am constantly calling myself fat. 

I'll be the first one to say, it is very easy to justify why you don't eat or live a certain way when you have kids... I've heard myself say all kinds of excuses... 


"The kids were frustrating today. I'd rather watch the Bachelor and wind down then go work out."... 

"I was in a hurry so I grabbed us cheeseburgers instead of making that chicken salad sandwich I had planned."... 

"I have kids. I don't have the liberty to go to the gym whenever I want"...

"Fresh produce is a lot more expensive than processed foods"... 

"I'd rather skip a meal than give up my daily Starbucks"...



So if it is so hard and inconvenient to be healthy, why do it?

For You.. Personally.. I want to live a long full life and I know that I won't have that if I don't take care of myself. I can't just eat junk and expect to never have health issues. So having that lifelong goal in mind helps push me.

I was telling my friend the other day that I wish I could bottle up how I feel after I run. I'm tired, but I feel SO good physically. It's one of the best feelings. When you start to workout and eat healthy daily, you start to have that feeling more and more- not just after you workout. It becomes such a part of your life that soon eating junk food or going days without working out feels awful enough to deter you from doing it in the first place. Your body does change depending on what you eat and the amount of activity you do. If you eat gross, you'll feel gross. If you eat good, you'll feel good. 

On top of the physical benefits, it benefits you mentally and emotionally. After a good work out, you feel such a sense of accomplishment. You put aside all distractions and justifications and pushed forward to make your life healthier. That is something to be proud of! Like everything else, it is a choice to be healthy or not. 

Let's face it, I may never be in shape like Anna Kournikova or look like Gisele Bundchen, but I can have confidence in the fact that I am trying to be the best version of me that I can and that should be good enough for me. 

For Your Spouse..  If you take care of yourself physically, you will see the benefit in other areas of your life, such as your relationship with your spouse. Your insecurities will decrease and your confidence will increase. As a result, your intimacy level will grow. (You're welcome husbands). And let's be honest, who wants to live with a "Debbie Downer" who constantly talks about how "not great" they are? That person married you. They saw the great in you and were attracted to you physically. Don't undermine their decision to marry you by talking crap about yourself. It's not doing any good (... speaking to myself here... )

For Your Children.. Going back to my first point in this blog: you need to lead by example. If you don't want your kids to be lazy or insecure because they are overweight, you need to show them how to avoid those situations. Or if you just want them to live long healthy lives, give them an example of how to do that. They are products of their environment. What type of health environment are you creating for them?

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well”- 3 John 1:2