Monday, September 20, 2010

The Cost of Compliance

If you want to get in shape, you can ONLY if you truly want it.

My last blog post was about reasons that one would like to train. My thoughts were that it definitely would help out with any physical activity you like to do. For me I enjoy strength training and I found out that it transferred well to dancing. For the record, I don’t do ANY “cardio” and that will be a subject of another blog. Anyway, I know that there are people out there who may have stumbled upon this and don’t like to exercise or just won’t do it. The reason is irrelevant.

Here’s the cost of complacency.

You just hate to work out. It's painful and tiring, you stop reading this very blog. It's too much to eat right too. It's cheaper to buy potato chips, ice cream, fast food, soda, hot dogs and hamburger helper than it is to buy fruits, veggies, nuts, eggs, fish and lean steak. Besides, you enjoy the former more than the latter. So, this goes on for a while with a few, sporadic and fleeting efforts at getting in shape. Exercise is painful, after all.

Then, by age 35, you begin to shop at Causal Male XL or Lane Bryant. By age 45, you start having problems with blood sugar, causing the feet to ache and feel cold all the time. Now, you need cholesterol medication. All the while, the aches and pains of carrying around 35% Bodyfat keeps taking its toll and by 55, you have arthritis in one of your knees. That blood sugar problem transforms into type 2 diabetes. So, now you are on insulin, cholesterol medication, and a pain killer... plus something for depression. Shopping at the fat clothing store takes a toll after all.

Now, by 65 you have a heart attack. The doctors manage to patch that up, for now. The effects of all of diabetes has taken it's toll on the arteries going to the feet and now simple sores on the feet turn into septic infections requiring treatment. That arthritic knee is now bone-on-bone and needs to be replaced. Then here comes cancer…

Does that sound extreme? It happens every single day, and it’s completely preventable.

You either pay on the front end or on the back end. Your choice.

Anything we want in life requires effort. It’s ok to stumble and fall as long as you get up. I respect those that keep trying. If you stay down, I have no time for you or any excuses you come up with. There is always away.

If you need help, let me know. It’s what I love to do.

Make today your day!

1 comment:

  1. Very nice!!! You either pay on the front end with Effort or you pay on the back end with Debilitation.
    Effort or Debilitation. NICE! That is a great way to look at every decision in life. Do the right thing or Suffer. Right thing vs. Suffering.
    Wow!!! Life is getting easier. I'm reminded of your Lecture where you spoke about Discipline; discipline=freedom.
    Thanks Demond for giving so much great food for thought. The last big paragraph in your blog is eerie, considering our last conversation. Peace, Love, and Harmony.
    White Mirror