April 18, 2014

What’s in your rear view mirror?

rear view mirror

Ever wonder why rear view mirrors are so small? It’s pretty simple. What goes on behind you is less important than what’s ahead. What’s behind you can become a distraction to what is out in front of you, blocking your views, changing your perspectives and distracting you from the roadway ahead. Hence, small rear view mirror.

All too often we can not let the past go, and that tends to effect and “defect” our futures, altering who we can become and where we can grow. What we think and how we feel about ourselves makes a huge difference on who we are, and either limits, or enlarges who we can become. Hence the need for small rear view mirrors of the mind. What is past is past and let’s face it, we all fall short. The key is what we do to recover from our falls.

1) You Fall

Your fall off the wagon could take place in a single moment or it could be the result of a drawn out process. Most falls happened slowly as a result of being last on the list of priorities. At some point regret sets in. “If only I would have taken better care of ME.” Illness, vacation, holidays, changes at work or any other change in your schedule are all things that’ll get you off the wagon. Once you’re off the real damage begins.

2) You Surrender

There comes a point after you fall off the wagon that you simply throw your hands up in the air and give in. Too often it’s, “I started eating whatever I wanted” – and that’s never good. “My drug of choice is food. I use food to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress.” This is the most destructive part of the cycle. You remove all expectations from yourself and as a result you plummet into an unhealthy realm. Any progress that you’ve made toward your goals is lost.

3) You Hit Bottom

Inevitably there comes the moment when you hit bottom. Your body shows the new weight gain and you feel awful about it. For most it is a sobering moment. People here, feel despair, defeat, loss of self worth and often times give up completely and let “fat” rule. While hitting bottom is never a fun experience, it is a necessary one. The pain must become great enough for you to turn it around and take the control back.

4) You Take Control

Now comes the good part. When you hit bottom you were out of control, now you’re ready to grab the reigns. You let go of the old ways; the old you and you don’t look back. The time has come to put you at the top of the priority list. The time has come to take definitive action that you are worth it.

Take any set back as a “set up” to get back aboard the life style wagon that revolves around healthy foods, friends, entertainment and exercise, to avoid that next phase where surrender takes hold. Guilt and regret are tools the “rear view mirror” of the mind uses against you to keep you down. Remove the limitations that looking back does. The rear view mirror is small………..on purpose.

For more information contact Fitness Together (619) 794-0014.

Oh Those Extra Pounds

oh those extra pounds time flies

We often remind people, and ourselves to consider the notion that it’s not what you are today, it’s what you are going to become as you age. I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the faster time seems to fly. Hard to believe it is December. Harder to believe it’s close to 2011. Harder still, is to look at my driver’s license and ponder my own age. How did that happen? How did I get this old THAT fast?

I say all of this to focus you in on the word regret. Too many people have the R word as part of makeup. “I wish I would have”……………..is a commonality amongst most whom have let their health and fitness level slide, only to look up one day at that driver license and realize the speed at which their time on this earth is passing. “I used to be _____________”…………….. thinner, healthier, X sizes smaller, a track athlete, a swimmer, a runner, a cyclist, a volleyball champ, a basketball star, a football hero……….the list goes on and on, but the theme rings through………….regret. “Life took over” and “I gave up………… on me”. “Had I only made me a priority?”

A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology makes a few salient points. The study included 2,845 participants who were an average of 74 years old when they were enrolled. They had no mobility problems at the start of the study. During seven years of follow-up, women who were overweight or obese (body mass index of 25 or greater) from their mid-20s to their 70s were nearly three times more likely to develop mobility problems than women who were normal weight throughout their lives. Overweight or obese men were 1.6 times more likely to develop mobility problems.

The researchers also found that women who were obese (BMI of 30 or greater) at age 50, but not in their 70s, were 2.7 times more likely to develop mobility limitations than women who weren’t obese throughout their lives. Men with a similar weight history were 1.8 times more likely to develop mobility problems.

“In both men and women, being overweight or obese put them at greater risk of developing mobility limitations in old age, and the longer they had been overweight or obese, the greater the risk,” lead investigator Denise Houston, an expert on aging and nutrition and an assistant professor of gerontology at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release.

Listen, you don’t have to look or feel great to get started, but you do have to get started, in order to look and feel great. Don’t reflect back one day with regret and wish you would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. You can change your future, by changing your present. What’s your preference, cane, walker, wheel chair, bed …………….or standing, moving and fighting for every quality moment you have?

For information on how to get started call Fitness Together 619 794- 0014.