We take good care of our vehicles. We change the oil, fill the gas tank, and even do preventative maintenance to prolong the life of the car. My car actually drives better after I wash and wax it. At least if feels like it does.
We take good care of our pets. We take them to the vet, buy them toys, spoil them with treats and even have them groomed. We take such good care of our pets that pet care has become one of the fastest growing industries growing from a little under $30 billion in 2001 to almost $50 billion today (according to the American Pet Products Association).
How good do you take care of yourself? Ask how good you are at choosing the things you eat. Look at your pantry to see what food you bought to make available to you and your family. Do you have healthy options or do you have craving food.
I’m as guilty as anyone. In the moment, it is easy to justify eating that one cookie or bag of potato chips or candy bar. I eat these things not because I am hungry, but because it tastes good or because it is a habit.
I used to eat a little bit of chocolate ever day after lunch. It was a habit that turned in to a craving over time. I forced myself to stop eating chocolate every day and within a week or so, my craving also stopped. It wasn’t easy but I am glad I stuck with it. Just imagine how much chocolate I would have consumed since then if I didn’t stop.
How much do you exercise? Are you choosing to watch one more TV show? You will never feel like starting an exercise program. Nothing will magically happen to put you on the exercise routine. Unless you make a full commitment you will never get more fit.
Getting started is the hardest part. Once you start a regular routine don’t stop. It is harder to restart than it is to just keep going. Several times I have had good reasons that I couldn’t exercise. Sometimes I simply could not because of a travel schedule or a series of meetings or I wasn’t feeling well. The longer I go without exercising the smaller the conflict has to be to justify not exercising. That is why I do all I can not to stop. Nike says it best, “Just do it.”
Don’t say that you don’t have time. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Your body is your most valuable asset. If you don’t use it, you will lose it. Take action now so that you don’t have to say, “I wish I would have started earlier”. As a wise person once said, “the very best time to start is yesterday, but the second best time to start is today”.
How do you take care of yourself?
What choices have you made to support your health?