It’s been a week now since the final weigh in, and I personally had one more step to cross, just for my piece of mind. I went to the doctor yesterday for my physical, something that I do yearly, but in this case it had only been three months. I have been a bit more paranoid about my health since losing both my Mother and Father, and I felt, right or wrong, that I needed a “second opinion” of my health, other than mine.
His first comment was; “How are you feeling?”
To which I honestly replied; “Great. Better than I have felt in years.”
“You certainly look good. Whatever you are doing keep it up.” He said.
After we went through my blood work and the other sundry items of my physical, I was declared healthy and I went out to my truck to head home. It got me thinking, I really did feel better than I could remember for a long time. I don’t spend my morning taking pills for my various ills. I get going a bit faster right out of bed, and believe me, anyone can tell you, in the past that has definitely NOT been the case.
As I drove home I began to think of the multitude of excuses I had heard over the past three months, from various people about why they couldn’t do this, make this lifestyle change. Quite frankly I’m sure that more than one or two of them had been spoken by me once upon a time.
Some of my favorites have been:
- No will power.
- I’m going to die anyway, sooner or later.
- I could spend all that time eating healthy and be hit by a bus tomorrow.
My thoughts are, after having gone though this experience; willpower, while being a great driver to start, will never get you though anything, it’s your conscious decision to follow through that makes things happen, if you decide, truly decide, to change your life, then willpower has little to do with it.
Yes, we are all going to die sooner or later, but why not make it later?
I certainly cannot control whether I get hit by a bus tomorrow, and if it is my “fate” then so be it. Having said that, I don’t believe it is my “fate” to die of a heart attack, diabetes, or anything else that I can actively control. If I can control that aspect of my life, and live longer doing it, why wouldn’t I?
My final advice to you is; when you visit your doctor, and if you are going to change your lifestyle, this is a must, in my opinion, is remember to discuss options other than medication, and do your part before you go on that visit and do the research, it’s your health.
I can say that after this experience, now, every day, I find myself, not looking back, but looking toward the future.