Greetings From The Front Porch!
How many of you had goals that you declared back in the beginning of the year? Some of us resolved to lose a certain amount of weight, eat better, sleep more, and rest well. “This will be the year I finally quit---------!” We start out with good intentions but found ourselves half way into the year and wondering, “what happened?”
Today I want to encourage who have come to visit The Front Porch not to give up or give in to thinking that reaching your goals of health is impossible.
With summer just around the corner and a new season ready to knock on our doors, I believe now more then ever that this would be a good time for a do over. We only fail when we choose to give up. OK, lets wipe ourselves off, put on our walking shoes, take out our water bottles and grab some fruit, it’s time to start again.
Lets first look at a few statistics:
• 12 Americans die every hour from the food they eat
• Heart attack, cancer and stroke are the three leading causes of death in America.
• 1.3 billion people smoke.
• 67.5% of adults do not engage in regular physical activity
• 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics
• 10% of the money we spend on healthcare is on obesity, and that number is getting ready to double
Here is my challenge to you, take some time out and ask yourself these questions:
1. What do you want to say to yourself about your health?
2. What do you like about yourself?
3. What do you dislike about yourself?
4. How can you change it?
5. What do you fear about making that change?
6. How can you overcome those fears?
I recently spent time with a good friend of mine who reminded me that we either live reactively to life or proactively to life, it is our choice. What does that look like in the area of our health?
Put simply, a proactive person makes sacrifices now for the benefit of later. It is doing something that can or would prevent a future problem. Example, eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, drinking 5-8 glasses a water a day, aerobic exercise twenty minutes a day. This helps prevent disease and the body breaking down. This is proactive health care.
A reactive person however, takes action after the problem has already risen. High blood pressure, weight gain, pulled muscle, these are just to name a few.
The truth is we make changes either by choice or by crisis. My hope for all who are reading this and struggling with reactive reasoning instead of proactive participation that you would make positive change by choice before you find yourself in a health crisis.
One way to begin to make real life change in the area of health is to have a proactive plan of participation over your own personal health care.
Simply put, goals set before you daily to help you achieve a healthy happy lifestyle will allow you to be a proactive participant instead of a reactive recluse.
Below are seven simple steps to starting on the road to being acare.
1. Block out at least an hour for this exercise.
2. Go somewhere quiet with no distractions, preferably outside your home or office.
3. On a sheet of paper, write down one to three specific health goals for the rest of this year.
4. Create projects for each goal. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, one project could be for you to create a workout schedule. If you want to quit smoking, one project could be to research accountability groups. Assign a due date for each project.
5. Create disciplines for each goal. A discipline is a task you do regularly and consistently. Be sure to define each discipline in specific terms when, what, and for how long. For example, running 1 mile on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays would be a strong discipline.
6. Schedule blocks of time in your calendar to work on completing each project, and each discipline.
7. Find an accountability partner. You will be more likely to succeed if you have a partner to share your goals, successes, and challenges with.