A special gift.
Have you ever had someone give you a gift, like a piece of furniture, jewelry, a painting, or even a small figurine and no matter where you move or what you do, you always take that gift (whether you like it or not) because someone special gave it to you?
Have you ever kept old hand-me-down furniture in your house because you don’t want to give it away because you don’t want to disrespect it?
Have you ever taken really good care of things that someone else gave you? Like keep them clean, keep them out where people can see them, tell people about the gift?
Well, I think that is how we should treat the biggest gift of all. The biggest gift we’ve ever been given.
The gift that God gave us.
I’m amazed and honestly, even angered at the way people care or rather don’t care for their bodies. This special, unique, completely miraculous thing that we all have is truly a gift from God.
If you don’t believe in God, then how in the world did we come here? How did we become a thing? How can you explain having lungs that work in unison with your heart? How can you explain breathing? How can you explain your digestive tract processing, absorbing and distributing nutrients? How? (BUT that’s a whole different discussion).
I am in awe of this incredible machine that we all have. We have all been given such a spectacular and intelligent vehicle to carry our soul around.
We have feet that keep us up; legs that move us forward and backward; we have arms that hold the things we love; we have hands that create; we have brains that control how we feel, think, see, and hear; we have tongues that help us taste all the food we eat; we have amazing energy systems that run efficiently or adjust when they aren’t well.
But when we don’t take care of our body, all these wonderful parts of our body will start to fail. Yet, our body is so freaking amazing that it even adjusts and continues to thrive by changing energy systems, by adapting to using any resource it can to keep us alive.
Your body is the most amazing gift you will ever receive.
Our body is strong, resilient, and powerful when we treat it appropriately. It’s even strong and resilient when we don’t treat it appropriately, but it won’t last that way as long or as happily.
I have been through times of not treating my body the way it deserves. I still am not perfect about food, exercise, rest and stress management, but when I see people mistreating their body day in and day out, I want to scream!
Mistreating your body looks like this:
· Drinking in excess
· Using illegal drugs
· Stuffing fast food in your mouth daily or weekly
· Sitting on your rear end all day long
· Taking handfuls of over-the-counter drugs to ease pain too often
· Taking handfuls of prescription drugs
· Staying up all night watching TV or playing video games
Mistreating your body can also look like this:
· Not eating enough
· Exercising too much
· Jumping from diet to diet
Unfortunately, not everyone has been given a fully functioning body. Not everyone has legs. Think of people with serious diseases and kids born with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy, cancer, missing limbs, etc… OR even veterans that have been in serious accidents, losing body parts.
I bet those people wish so much that they could get up and run, play and do all the things that WE ARE capable of, but don’t fully appreciate.
When we are born with all our parts working correctly, I believe it’s our responsibility to take good care of this gift. So, I get a little frustrated and upset with people when they don’t.
Yes, we will get sick, we will have physical complications, we will get injured, we will not be perfect, but we better damn well do the best we can to honor our God and to honor ourselves by taking the responsibility of loving and caring for this body.
Some people treat their cars and other possessions better than they treat their own body and life.
I decided a long time ago that I am going to live this life to the fullest and on top of my priority list is my health. Without health, I won’t be able to do all the things that I desire to do before I leave this planet.
I have mountains to climb, countries to visit, oceans to sail, and people to meet.
I honestly don’t care if that sounds selfish. To be my best to those around me, I have to be MY best and no one else is going to take care of me like I do.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m on a high horse. I don’t think I’m any better than anyone else. AND that’s just it! I’m not an exception. I’m not any better than you. I’m not better than anyone. I just made the choice and decision to care. To stop making excuses.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life by eating treats in moderation, drinking a glass or two of wine, or having lazy days watching Netflix. That’s fine! When your normal day is not moving or only eating a bunch of junk, that’s when there becomes a problem.
I don’t want you to look back at your life and think “I really should have tried harder when I could.”
If you are reading this and you have excess weight to lose, chronic illnesses, inflammation, are addicted to drugs, alcohol or smoking, spend too many hours working, overeat unhealthy foods, skip exercise/movement, or find yourself jumping from one diet to another, please just stop and think about it.
What can you do to honor this incredible gift? What can you do right now to take action? What can you do to start appreciating what you have instead of breaking it down more?
Here’s the other part of this; it’s not just about how you look. It’s not about your dress size or looking hot in a bikini, it’s about truly striving to keep your body nourished, strong and capable so you can live a high quality, amazing life!
I’ve made it my purpose and passion in life to help people live a healthy life. I love more than anything to see someone move from a place of hurt (physically and mentally) to a place of pure joy. It’s possible. I’ve done it and I’ve seen it be done over and over.
The hardest part for me is that I can’t do it for you. I can’t make you want to be your healthiest. I can’t eat for you, exercise for you or even cook for you (unless you pay me A LOT). ONLY YOU have the choice and the power to be an amazing you. Mind, body and soul.
I am ready to help more. I will be accepting only 10 women into my upcoming program that starts later in June. If you have more than 30 pounds to lose, are ready to put aside your excuses and truly start living your best life, please consider working with me. You can email me now to get on the pre-registration list and receive 10% off the program fee. More details will be available soon!