All the info is right there at your fingertips. A ton of health and fitness blogs, websites, magazines, TV shows, infomercials, all plying you with enough info to become a fitness expert yourself. We all know the drill by now: eat less fatty and sugary foods, stay away from fast food, get more exercise, consume less calories, figure out ways to stay motivated to do what's best for your body, etc, etc, etc. We all know which foods fight cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, etc, etc, etc. Unlike in the past, this info is coming at us daily, whether we want to know it or not.
However, with all this information, obesity and all the diseases caused by it are still a growing problem for many. Why is that? When you look at yourself, would you say that you're doing what's necessary to not be part of the unhealthy statistic? Are you really taking as good care of your body as you could be? If not, why not? What's holding you back and keeping you from doing the right things?
As for me, I can tell you, it's a combination of things, when it does happen. For the most part, I stay active and try to eat healthy MOST of the time, but I do have my little slips. I have periods where I can just get a bit lazy, and also when I just want to do whatever I feel like. If that means eating a pint of Haagen Dazs, well then, I just do it. I just DON'T do it every single day. I know that alcohol consumption is bad on so many levels, but when those holidays and special events roll around, you will see a glass in my hand! I'm not going to lie about that! I love beer and wine, margaritas and tequila shots, and if I'm in the right (or wrong!) company, we can all get a little crazy with it!
I love living my life to the fullest, and don't like to feel like I'm denying myself anything. I do, however, know when it's time to pull back, and that's something that I now know how to do pretty well. Next day, back on the treadmill, back to eating right, and doing what I know is best for me. It's my personal belief that you don't have to deny yourself the little things you crave at times, you just have to not have them all the time.
I do manage to stay healthy and fit even though I do break the rules every now and then, but I know that for some, it's not that easy.
For some, finding that balance can be a bit more challenging, maybe because of stress, lack of support, negative peer pressure, temptation, having to take care of others before you can take care of yourself, and sometimes just being plain too tired to go work out or get up and cook. Those are the moments when you can definitely find yourself not making the good choices when it comes to your body and your health.
So, what's your deal? Do you consider yourself to be healthy and at least in decent shape? If not, why not? What's keeping you from achieving that?
What do you think would help you get there? Is it you, or is it some outside influence or situation that's keeping you from reaching that goal?