EXCUSES: A Thing of the Past
So, I guess I should open this post with some cautioning words. First, am not writing these words as a religious type of writing post although my God does love to intercede! Actually, I am writing this post with the compassion and desire to see all live no matter what their faith! Certainly, that living means earthly and for eternity as well. However, the basis of this post is to approach the subject of “excuses” and put them to bed once and for all.
Therefore, some of my words might become a little offensive to some…especially if I hit close to home with my antidotes for living a healthy life and the excuses of not striving for such. With all of that being noted, please remember that I will always be that UNHEALTHY FAT girl. I will always be that SUPER SIZE MY COMBO girl. I will always be that DOUBLE MY MASHED POTATOES PLEASE girl. I will always be that I DON’T WANT OR LIKE TO EXERCISE girl. Just know that I know where some of you are at in your thought life of healthy living. I understand…I truly do understand your mentality.
Now, you might ask why I will ALWAYS see myself or consider myself to be those things. Well, the answer is because my mind will never let me forget where I have come from. While I might not “appear” (in the size or health category) to be those things anymore or ever again, my mind will always REMEMBER…and guess what…I am still the same Dana as I was when I maxed out at 234 pounds last May of 2012. The difference between that girl then and this girl now is that I have made a commitment to my health…that no drive through window will EVER change.
Do I still love BoJangle’s Chicken? You better believe I do! And I even visit my favorite place (BoJay’s) here and there…BUT NOT daily or weekly….and when I do, I make wiser choices than I did a year ago. Still, guess what happens when I eat there…or any other fast food place? I feel TOTALLY yucky about an hour later. Why? Because those foods are not what my body is used to eating now.
So, what does all of that have to do with “excuses” to becoming healthier for YOU? Well, I just want you to know that I am STILL HUMAN! Heeeee! BUT~~~I am a MUCH healthier human now than a year ago.
Are you an excuse maker? I mean...really think about it. Do you find yourself making excuses in your daily life as to why you “can’t” or “didn’t” accomplish something or things? Do you find that you frequently place blame on others for the reasons you “can’t” or “didn’t” accomplish something or things? Do you tend to procrastinate with tasks that are necessary but you desire to hold off until you can’t hold off any longer finishing them?
If you answered “yes” or even “sometimes” to any of those questions…You might have a problem with your health. Notice I said health and not weight. This is because I do not deem weight measurements as a reliable test of whether or not someone is healthy. Notice I said reliable…not valid. The reason is because weight assessment dependent upon one’s height and age might be a completely valid factor of determining a person’s health from a weight verses age and height standpoint. However, such weight assessments fail to incorporate bone mass and muscle mass…normally…if one is just weighing themselves…or having a physical conducted by a physician. Therefore, weight measurements are not a reliable and conclusive prediction of the actual health of a person.
Whew! I am glad I got that out! So, now, let’s get back to discussing those excuses!
Ughhh! We all have made excuses for things in our lives. Most likely our health has been near the top of the list pertaining to those excuses. So, what kind of excuses am I talking about? I am talking about ANYTHING that “prevents” YOU from becoming healthier!
“But, Dana…you just don’t know how crazy my schedule is.” Or “You don’t understand that I have a family of 6 to feed. I just can’t make two or three different meals for each time we eat!” Or “My husband and kids won’t eat my healthy foods.” Or “My husband loves to cook…and he would be upset if I don’t eat with him…plus, it always smells so good!” Or “I am just not “mentally” ready to get healthy.” (the most honest and true excuse EVER) Or “I don’t have time to plan meals for myself.” Or “Healthy food is soooo expensive.” Or “Bla-Bla diet is the only thing that works for me.” (Ughhh…nope. Not even close, or you wouldn’t still be unhealthy! ;-) ) Or “I hate exercising!” Or ….and the list goes on and on.
So…now, are you starting to get a glimpse of those excuses?
DEATH AND EXCUSES
What??? Why would I put those two words together? Will my excuses lead to death? Ummmm…well, they just might! How do I know? I know because my EXCUSES ALMOST led me directly to DEATH! Death ONLY in the physical…but still, I wouldn’t be able to see my children grow if I were physically dead! So, YES!!! Excuses can lead to death.
How do those excuses possibly lead to death? They might possibly lead to death because our bodies were created to eat clean and healthy foods. Foods that are processed and not natural are not good for our bodies. It is almost as our bodies do not recognize how to digest them or how to use them for “food’s” proper benefit.
So, when we continue to put processed and unnatural foods in our bodies we are literally depleting our God-given bodies of what God has intended for us to feed it. When that happens, toxins are released and other detrimental effects are seen in our continuous health. Don’t spaz out on me right now!
Yep! I know it is nearly impossible to completely live without eating processed foods, but you can reduce the amount of processed foods you eat….and replace those processed foods with healthy natural foods. This will begin to give your body the right “signals” of how to absorb, digest, and utilize food more effectively and more efficiently.
How to get out of the “EXCUSE” mode?
Oh! Wow! You just might have begun to stray from our topic of “excuses” a tad right then…but come back to our reason of discussion for just a moment.
So, how do you get out of the EXCUSE mode? You might think that it is super hard, but I have great news for you! It isn’t! It is actually pretty easy once you begin to think about it. So, do you value yourself as a creature that GOD created? God has made you an impeccable creature whom He loves and desires to see prosper in this life. Is your health prospering your life or harming your life? Hummm…
This may be a question that we don’t like to answer. We may be overweight, diabetic, have other weight related issues and still view our lives as completely normal and healthy. But, really…how does your heart view your weight and health? Most likely your heart is beating quite swiftly…more swiftly than if you were at a lower weight level. Am I concerned about weight? Yep! Because like I said before, your weight is a good assessment tool for the validity of your health…not totally reliable…but valid. So, taking a look at your weight is something that does matter initially.
I challenge you to assess your heart rate per minute. Mine was over 110 at rest when I was 234 lbs. Now, it is below 60 beats per minute (BPM). That tacking heart rate that I maintained during my long season of being overweight was horrible for the health of my heart. It had to beat super hard to support all my organs. Now, I give my heart a break, and allow it to beat at a normal pace. My weight back then was harming my heart’s health…not to mention I was pre-diabetic, had super high cholesterol—579, super high “at rest” blood pressure—217/114, constant gerd (acid reflux), a hiatal hernia, and a host of other concerns and problems associated with my weight and unhealthy lifestyle of eating. So, YES…I was totally mistreating body and my heart.
While my ailments did not all present themselves at the same time, they came on the scene one right after the other and with greater push the more time I continued to live an unhealthy lifestyle of eating and not exercising. My point: Just because you “feel” that you are OK and healthy, that doesn’t mean you really are healthy at all.
Gosh! I could run. I had PLENTY of energy. I slept great at night. I was completely satisfied with how I looked…and so was my hubby. By all accounts, I was living a completely normal life….ON THE OUTSIDE.
The inside was a completely different story. Your story may be the same or very similar. Either way, you can’t always judge a book by its cover! ;-)
Living in that “excuse mode” of thinking is us always THINKING we are OK. You cannot think you are OK when you are overweight…initially. If your heart health is suffering, your whole body is suffering. You need your heart to live. It’s that plain and simple. The heavier you are in weight, the harder your heart has to pump. It will eventually wear out. So, getting out of the excuse mode starts with deciding if we are concerned enough about whether or not our ticker continues to tick…or do we want it to run down before we have gotten our monies worth out of life?
The next step of getting out of the excuse mode is to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for our health. No matter whether or not someone has one or one million excuses as to why they CANNOT begin to journey on a lifestyle of healthy living, at some point in their lives they will HAVE to rise to the occasion. The problem is that many times it is nearly too late to begin a healthy lifestyle change.
Oh! Gosh! I know someone is going to respond to me that it “is NEVER” to late to get healthy…Well, that may be true if your unhealthy lifestyle has not led your body so far down the road of death that nothing but the almighty power of Jesus Christ can save your heart or body. And YES—I know that He can do all things. BUT…my point is that God has given you so much to live for…He has given us awesome bodies to glorify Him in His creation through us! Why would we want to destroy or attempt to destroy His work? So I urge you to choose to glorify Him through your healthy lifestyle.
Another way of getting out of the excuse mode is the one way that I literally hate. Yep…I used the word “hate”….because I do hate this way. It is the way that I had be brought into the realization that my lifestyle of eating HAD TO CHANGE.
With my near death experience almost a year ago, I can truly tell you with an honest heart that I DID have an ANGEL there with me. Her name was Susan…that’s all I know. She prayed for me. She was my angel that God sent to let me know that all things were going to be alright. I could see God running so strongly through this woman. However, it was so much more than her presence that made me see what God wanted me to see.
You see, I never listened to God’s gentle nudges that my health was in decline.
When I would get heartburn, I would get on Prilosec…and I was on it constantly for that year before May 27th, 2012. I would not heed His warnings when I would feel dizzy and my heart would pound erratically. I would not open my heart to hear His still small voice when I would sit in the recliner and feel my left arm begin to go numb. I just didn’t listen at all. I kept on living just as I had for all the years prior. BUT GOD!!!!
God allowed me to walk through “the valley of the shadow of death”. BUT~~~He also allowed me to rise above my (then) present circumstances and fear no evil…for I knew He was with me…
I vowed to my God that I would no longer disrespect the life HE had given me. I would live to glorify him not only through my other life’s living, but also through my HEALTHY EATING lifestyle too! Wow! What a journey this has been…and it will NEVER be over. Why? “Dana, aren’t you in a good place weight and health wise?”
Yep! I certainly am. But you see, that old devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy our lives. I am not immune to his attempts. BUT~~~I do have God on my side…and the STRONG reminder that God has allowed me to see another day…another year! So, while I will never forget where I have come from, I also look forward to continuing to KICKS SOME DEVIL BUTT each and EVERY day that God gives me. I gotta tell you…kicking Satan’s tail is something that I truly love to do!
I also want you to kick Satan’s tail too! So, I sincerely pray that YOU will stop making excuses. Stop believing the lies of the enemy. Start believing in yourself with God’s miracle power working through you…and YOU will begin to see your life through a different looking glass. You will begin to see how magnificent God’s new healthy lifestyle can be not only for you but for your family and friends too! Your new healthy lifestyle of eating and living WILL have a POSITIVE impact on every person and every aspect of YOUR life!
Even though God will always love you…no matter what you weight or how your health is today…He also desires for us NOT to struggle in any area of our lives. If we are unhealthy, we will have medical issues at some point in our lives. Therefore, I implore you to take that “weighty” bull by the horns and wrangle that animal to the ground! YOU CAN DO IT! YOUR LIFE IS WORTH IT!!!!
I hope this post has made you think about your health, has made you stronger in your desire to become healthy, and most of all—has helped you to SQUASH those EXCUSES!!!!
Thank you so much…and I do pray that God will bless you with prospering health and an abundant life!