Ever notice how many absolutely miserable people there are in the world today? Being an author draws a lot of those miserable folks in my direction, mostly because my books are all about good health and fitness, which is something sorely lacking in our culture today. For example, it never fails for someone to tell me (or to attempt to tell me) all about their own fitness journey, even when there isn’t or never has, been one. It is excruciating trying to seem interested when clearly I’m not, and honestly, sometimes I can fake it and sometimes I can’t.
Just last week a woman saw my website and immediately tried to talk to me all about how physically fit she used to be. She seemed foolish talking about living a fit life when she clearly is a good 60 to 70 lbs. overweight. Sadly her story was all over the place and when I suggested she buy my book, she exclaimed she didn’t have the money (a woman in her 50’s not having $24 is a whole different conversation, perhaps even sadder than this one – if she is telling the truth which is doubtful.)
The real commentary here is that this woman is miserable in her own skin and she is not alone. It is sad but true and while I’m the first to proclaim how screwed up our culture is today, I also declare the following: Stop talking about your past – how you used to look, how you used to workout, how you used to eat right, how you used to enjoy life. Just stop it and do something to change it. What can you do? Well for starters, you can get up from the dinner table and go take a walk. You can stop eating processed foods and eat real food (see my blogs on organic food) and most importantly, you can stop talking so much about what life used to be like and make the changes necessary to be healthy, strong and happy today.
This woman tried to tell me how she has to sit at her desk all day for her job. My response is “so what?” On your lunch break, instead of doing more sitting and more eating, why not use that hour to take a brisk focused walk around your company’s property or a nearby park.
In other words, there are no excuses. You guys have heard me say it time and time again. We are a FAT nation who would rather talk, tweet, and text (how revolting) instead of really doing something that will save your life.
Sadly that woman is a statistic, plain and simple. I don’t want you to be one also. So get up, put the phone away (please put those phones away folks), get rid of all the fake food, and get moving. Sweat everyday, drink plenty of water and watch your body change. Then, you really can talk but now you’ll have the kind of body that will make people want to hear what you have to say.
Thanks to the community of Belle Meade in Nashville for all the great runs this summer. My half marathon out there yesterday was as bless-filled as always and I’m looking forward to finishing out the year with many more mountain runs. They are grueling but oh so beneficial.
Keep the communication coming folks. I love hearing from ya!