Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Choice to Take Care

I do not know a single fit and healthy woman who does not make a conscious choice to take good care of herself. I've known a few who say, "Nah, I don't really make a conscious effort," but when I dig a little deeper, I find that there's the daily walk, or the wholesome breakfasts. They may not tick all of the boxes for exceptional self-care, but they have some of the important things in place.

In my case, I've long been good at getting exercise, and it's a good thing for numerous reasons, including the fact that I would likely weigh 25 pounds more if I did not exercise at all. Even so, if you've read previous posts, you know that I have some work to do on the food front but also the sleeping and stress-reduction fronts.

As far as the food goes, I don't think I will ever choose a healthy diet on a daily basis without some serious conscious thought. There are too many less healthy options easily available in the grocery store, at church or other social gatherings, or in my own home (because I am not willing to force my family to eat only what I eat). If I am going to eat healthy overall on a regular basis, I must make conscious choices.

One of my friends has chosen, for very specific health reasons, to eat vegan while her family continues to eat a more mainstream diet. She says the only way she maintains her diet is to plan and make meals in advance, which includes making multiple servings of something like black bean burritos and individually wrap and store them in the freezer.

Though I'm not a huge advance planner like she is, I am committed to better planning menus and grocery shopping trips with healthy foods in mind, especially foods that I can grab when I'm in a hurry. Even now, my better choices are adding up to a positive impact in how I feel and will eventually impact how I will look.

So, while I may always have a fantasy of eating however, whatever, whenever I want without a moment's thought about the consequences of my choices, I know that such a fantasy will not give me the energy I need to live life to the fullest. And, let there be no mistake, I want to live life to the fullest...for me and for my children. So, today, I choose to take care of myself by eating foods that will nourish and replenish my body and mind. In other words, I choose to live life to the fullest. Today. No more putting it off. 

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