“Planning is about bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~ *Alan Lakein
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s time to look back at the past, peer into the future and realize nothing is going to change until you do things differently in the present, in this moment, today. You can start anew and resolve to live a healthier life from here on out starting now.
Weeks and months of inactivity and poor health choices can lead to years of damaging effects, which don’t improve one’s lot in life. But, the damaging effects may be reversed when you consider the changes you’d like to make, begin doing them today, and resolve to continue on a better, healthier path.
Resolutions and goals are more effective when they are written down. That’s when written resolutions become goals, which you’d like to achieve. A written goal is a REAL resolution. Writing your resolution down as a goal is the first step. Putting pen to paper is a resolution in itself, because it means you’re serious. You want to do it, and you mean it! A resolution can turn into an accomplishment when the action is taken to do it.
And that’s how it works. So, let’s get started. Setting a goal helps keep you focused and puts a plan in place for today, and just for today. Tomorrow is not here, and yesterday is gone, so let’s plan today to accomplish the goal. Eat healthy food, even if it’s just one apple, and take a walk, even if it’s only for 20 or 30 minutes. That is a healthy start for today. The present is here, and this day is a present to you, the gift of your life. Don’t waste today, because life’s too short!
Plan the path you’ll take today: what you will eat, and where you will walk?
You may not know how much you need to change until you start. More is revealed as you begin and continue with healthy choices. Writing down what you eat reveals much about your choices. It is one of the most clarifying exercises I have ever done. It brings today’s actions into clear focus. It allows for viewing life from a new perspective. Step back, review and evaluate.
A resolution is only an idea; it’s not an action. A resolution may lead to a decision to do something, but as the story goes: three frogs were sitting on a log. One made a decision to jump off. How many were left? Three were left, because one had only made a decision. He didn’t actually jump.
A resolution is only as good as the actions that follow. The actions are the real life changers. The actions are what will get you where you want to go. The actions may be the hard part. However, the actions can be easy when they are broken down into little everyday accomplishments, we’ll call life layers. The small actions layered upon one another can lead to a better today and a healthier tomorrow.
Actions can be accomplished one simple, little action at a time. Small actions are not overwhelming. Losing 10, 20, 50, or even 100 pounds may seem overwhelming. But realizing that 100 pounds is not eaten in one sitting helps you see that it can come off the same way it went on, just one or two ounces a day. Losing two ounces a day adds up to losing about one pound a week. That is totally doable. Of course, it can be lost more quickly, but that may be overwhelming. And, then it’s too often gained back quickly, as crash diets will later lead us to do.
Slow and steady wins the race, so just lose a little everyday. Bring down the blood pressure point by point. Lower the cholesterol and **BMI with every healthy bite. The commitment to do the small actions results in keeping the resolution that started the whole process: the resolution to have a healthy life. So, get started today by eating an apple and taking a walk. Don’t delay! Do it today! Because life’s too short!
Copyright © Terry Tasche – All Rights Reserved
The image, “Life’s Too Short,” was chosen for the Professional Photographers of America International Exhibition Loan Collection.
*Alan Lakein is a well-known author on personal time management, including How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, which has sold over 3 million copies. (wikipedia)
**BMI (Body Mass Index) calculation = weight in pounds x 703 divided by height in inches = total divided again by height in inches.
BMI value guidelines: 17-20 under weight, 20-25 good, 25-30 overweight, 30-40 obese, over 40 morbidly obese.