I was faced with a tough decision yesterday. I had a ton of chores to do and I am under stress to do them. Do I give up my nightly exercise to do it? What is one night?
Well, I decided to exercise because I had spent years neglecting myself, which is how I gained weight in the first place. There will always be something to do, so why neglect myself any more? I want to stay skinny and you can’t if you let yourself fall back on old bad habits.
You have to prioritize yourself. You can have a nice car and a nice house. You can have a nice Chanel bag….but what difference does it make if you look like crap? Your body and the shape it is in says a lot about a person. It says a lot about your sense of self-control, a sense of self-love and self-respect. It is the FIRST thing that people notice about you. They might never see your car or your house, but they will see YOU. And how good does a nice expensive outfit look on a flabby person? Not so good. I can wear nice selections from Target in my skinny-toned body and they look better than some expensive outfit on a bigger, sloppy, untoned body.
There is weight prejudice out there. People look at you and make assumptions based on your body. I used to get asked if I was pregnant all of the time because the wheat products gave me girth and belly fat. (I gave wheat up!)
If you spend a few extra minutes a day working on your body, it will pay off in dividends. You will look better, feel better (mentally and physically), be healthier, your shopping for clothes will be easier and more fun, your partner might be happier with your look, you won’t get teased about your weight, it is easier to get hired (there are studies about this), and you might get more appreciative (and sometimes jealous) looks from others.
And for you selfless types out there….remember this….on the planes, when the oxygen masks are released, what do they tell parents to do? They say to put on the mask and breathe FIRST and THEN let your child breathe because if you pass out first, your kid has no one to help them. If you get sick from being out of shape and large, who will be there for your family, friends or children if you fail? You have to take care of yourself FIRST to be there for the family. We have a friend who just died because he was so busy caring for his family and work and forgot to take care of himself. He died at the age of 56 from a heart attack and left behind a widow and a 13-year-old girl. I don’t want that to happen to me or anyone else.
So, I chose the exercise. I felt better afterwards and my stress level lowered. Exercise is great for stress. It is a vicious cycle, you have stress and don’t feel like exercising, but if you exercised, you would feel less stress. So, just do it and get that ball rolling. And after you exercise, if you have time leftover, then do some chores. You will do them feeling less guilty that you neglected yourself and you will have more energy too, believe it or not.