I promised myself. This time would be different. Workout gear. Check. Water bottle. Check. Walking shoes. Check. I’m ready to get at it. And I begin, daily. For a few weeks, even months, things go great. But then something happens. It could be the kids, work, hubby, I get sick, you name it – there’s always something. And I let it throw me off course. It could be a week. It could be a month. It’s a vicious cycle that seems to require too much time and effort to correct. I’ve got too much going on to deal with it. However, instead of repeating the cycle, this time I’ve chosen to make decisions enabling me to be healthy the smart way. The right way.
A Holistic Resolution
A 2015 University of Scranton study notes that 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution. The top one – you guessed it – losing weight. Many of us think that dropping a few pounds is the key to living healthier and happier lives. The fact is, it is only a part of the solution. Being whole and healthy in your spirit, soul and body involves more than just putting off pounds. It involves putting on a new attitude in each arena of your life. It also involves making the time for taking care of you a priority in your busy schedule.
You Are What You Eat
Yes, losing weight is a part of being healthier in your body. But are you eating well? Working out alone is not enough to trim excess pounds and unhealthy body fat. Perhaps grabbing a burger at a fast food restaurant works for your schedule, but not your waistline. Try preparing meals in advance, putting them in the freezer. Pre-cut vegetables so they are ready to be steamed before dinner. Take along apple slices to snack on. When you’re busy and eating healthier, a little advanced preparation goes a long way. Planning ahead is the key to being able to grab your carrots and hummus from the break room, instead of having to grab chips from the vending machine.
Are you drinking water? The adult male human body is comprised of about 60 percent water – 60 percent! Water is vital to sustaining life. Water has added benefits, too. It can keep you from taking in needless soft drink calories, and help you to eat less because you feel full. Bottled water is available in abundance. No matter how hectic your schedule is, there is always time for water.
R & R
And of course, let’s not forget rest. Now this is where a lot of busy people tend to have their downfall. I know people who brag about only getting a few hours of sleep per night. Or I hear, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The phrase might seem cute, but your body can be suffering because of your negligence. Studies show that the average adult needs 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Some can survive on less, some need more. The key is to allowing your body to get the proper rest and recovery time it needs each night. Commit to going to bed at a certain time – and stick to it! While you may think you are not crossing off as many items on your to-do list, your productivity will soar because you are refreshed and rested.
Our bodies are God’s temple and His Spirit lives there (I Corinthians 3:16). Ultimately, it’s not just about you. Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, to our loved ones, but most importantly to God to take care of ourselves.