“When you know better, you do better.” Maya Angelou
Hopefully the above quote is true of you. But, if you’re like many people, you may need lots of “R&R”, re-enforcements and reminders to stay on track, whatever your goal might be.
I just saw the movie Darkest Hour about Winston’s Churchill’s struggle to get Britain’s leaders on board to fight Hitler and save their country. Many leaders thought negotiating peace talks with Hitler would save them from being taken over by the enemy. It seems that Churchill was the only one who really understood their enemy. The other leaders thought they could negotiate with peace talks. Was anyone successful in peace talks with Hitler? I think not! He was determined to destroy and conquer everything in his path. There seemed to be no stopping him. He was marching across Europe, destroying and conquering country after country. City after city was falling under his command. Hitler was taking over and claiming all their booty and killing millions of bodies.
Adversaries are deceitful. They love gullible people. Hitler, unfortunately, had gullible followers who believed he was doing a good thing, all the while destroying people and countries. He was actually only out for himself. Knowing the enemy is the way to win the battle. Being naive allows the enemy to get what he wants. Knowing the enemy’s strategy takes wisdom to understand him for who and what he is. You need to be as tough and strong as the enemy if you want to defeat him.
What are are enemies of a healthy lifestyle? Here are four possibilities: a sedentary lifestyle, a diet full of fat, eating empty carbs, and eating more calories than you burn. Are any of these aiming at you as their target? Are they taking you down slowly but surely and not allowing you to win at losing…weight that is?
Here are 3 things to help you lead your counterattack:
#1 Get up and move! The Apple Watch has a reminder to get you up at least every hour or set your phone to alert you to move more. And, if you can’t get up, can only sit in a chair, lift your legs and wiggle your feet, grab the milk carton and lift several times, and rotate your head to loosen your shoulder muscles. Chin up, chest out, shoulders back, and breathe deeply. Trust me. You’ll begin to feel better.
#2 Cut down on saturated fats and artificial sugars, too. Increase your omega-3 fatty acids like olive oil, nuts and seeds.
#3 Cut down on simple carbs. Cut out sodas. Eat healthy snacks. Increase complex carbs like fruits and vegetables, which contain necessary fiber, too.
Write them down and do them daily! Because you’ll never win if you don’t understand the enemy!
Don’t let the enemy steal your valuable health. Here’s to knowing your enemy and doing what is necessary to improve your health, and life.
Remember, “When you know better, you do better.” Maya Angelou