February 24, 2017 / Jack Elder
Sounds pathetic when you think about it. Sitting on the couch feeling sorry for yourself because you are overweight. That just isn’t going to help the situation. I don’t know your situation, how you got to you state of overweight, but many have had some traumatic event that triggers weight gain. However, you can’t stay in the mode. You have to pick up and move on, for your sake and those around you. You have to take care of yourself to find both physical and mental strength to help others. I’m hoping you are not so in-ward looking that you can’t see you are needed by others. When it’s only poor me, you don’t see how that negatively affects others. I know that some days don’t go so well. Maybe you even think that life is picking on you. Maybe you even think that God is picking on you. But it’s not true. Don’t believe the lie. No one is picking on you but your mind. Get up off the couch and fix you some tea. Relax and see that everything is going to be okay.
February 23, 2017 / Jack Elder
“I’m too overweight.” I’m not sure how to answer this one. You’re too overweight to diet. Hmmm. Isn’t that the whole purpose of dieting, to lose that weight? I’ve seen people over 500 pounds who were dieting. I know many who had to take the surgery path to weight loss because of issues they had with dieting. But not issues that they were overweight, but issues that made them overweight. They are considered morbidly overweight. So you are not too overweight to diet.
But what I really hear, is that I’m too overweight to exercise. Anytime you are very over weight you always need to get your healthcare providers okay to exercise. You may need to get some weight off simply dieting first. Or you may start very slowly, walking a little. You might do some exercises while seated. Check the internet for types of exercises you can do while seated. There is a solution for every excuse. If your excuse is stronger than your desire to overcome, then you will simply be one of the 95% who don’t make it—another negative statistic. But you can make it no matter your weight. And getting it off will help your joints walk you wherever you would like to go. How about walk on the beach, which we are doing this week.
February 22, 2017 / Jack Elder
“I’m too tired.” How can you say you’re too tired to diet? Dieting is just eating right. Now, if you’re saying you’re too tired to go to the gym and work out, okay I get you. That’s why a lot of people go work out in the morning and get it down before the day begins. With these 24 hour gyms you can go anytime and work out. I don’t go to a gym, I walk. Since I walk during the day or in the morning, I’m usually not too tired. So, you can always find a way.
The other thing is that being tired, especially in the evening, can lower your defenses to temptation. When this happens to me, I get an ‘I don’t care attitude’ and that isn’t good. You really have to be on guard when you’re tired. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is so important. Being overweight adds to the tiredness. I used to never miss my afternoon nap. Now that I’ve lost weight, I seldom take a nap. You just naturally have more energy when you are not carrying around all that extra poundage. I was carrying around a backpack with 50 pounds of rocks in it. If you are overweight even more than that, no wonder you are always weary. Get the weight off and get your energy back.
You will never regret exercising.