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Why is Health Important?
Simply put, health is important because it affects everything around us. Your health has an impact on your family, social life, physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. It is through health that we are able to prevent disease, live happy, live longer, and live free of medical burdens.
Personally, I had never been in a healthy weight range. Since I was a kid, I never had the chance to enjoy good health. Now that I have CONQUERED OBESITY, I will never slip up or go back, as there is just too much to lose.
Without my health holding me back and preventing me from doing new and exciting things, I can BE ACTIVE like I’ve always wanted to be. As I always like to mention, I am absolutely in love with running. Running isn’t something that I enjoyed before, in fact, it took me about 14 to 16 minutes just to run or walk a single mile. That has dramatically changed. I can now run a mile in under seven minutes and I have completed a couple of 5k runs. I am actively training for a half marathon, which is another stepping stone in my quest to participate in a marathon.
Running a marathon will be the ultimate sign of accomplishing my goals. This long and exacting race will be the final test that decides if I have passed or failed. Health allows individuals like me to seek exigent goals like completing a marathon. Health also provides us with an opportunity to live a happier life. I have never been as happy and upbeat as I am now.
In college I had a roommate named Jersey, yes that is his real name, and yes we attended school in New Jersey. Jersey was always very happy. He was that guy that you wondered if something was wrong with him because he was always happy no matter what. I could never understand why he was always so upbeat, but I now believe it is a result of health.
Since I met him, Jersey has always been a healthy guy who always puts his HEALTH FIRST. I spoke to Jersey recently and he reminded me of the times when I would question his happy outlook. Jersey asked me because he saw the same thing in me. We agreed that health makes you see things in a different perspective and it removes any insecurities or subconscious thoughts that a person might have. Health equals happiness.
The physical improvements have been great and have truly given me a new found appreciation for life. Another very important factor is my new-found “mental powers.” I don’t mean that I have superhero powers, although that would be cool! I am referring to being able to learn programming languages faster, to be able to learn new methods and theories with ease, to be able to solve problems quicker, and many more perks. I can especially see the differences because I am a computer scientist, and I am required to do a great deal of math and theory.
I have noticed that I can pick apart problems extremely easy as compared to before. As a result, my coding has greatly improved and I am now learning about other subjects that have always interested me but I never had the drive to look into. I am very interested in economics, philosophy, and other topics that may not be related to computer science. This is all possible because of health. There are many differences in my life and they are obvious to everyone who knows me.
If none of these reasons are of any interest to you, then just DO IT to stay away from the doctor. Being healthy makes visits to the doctor rare. I went in recently to get my wisdom teeth removed and it was awesome hearing that my blood pressure and sugar levels are excellent. It feels good knowing you don’t have to take pills or be on medicines that have side effects. I personally don’t like drugs and I would rather do whatever necessary to keep them out of my body.
Whatever your reason is for wanting to be healthy, DO IT because it is what you want. It could be because you want to look good, stay away from the doctor, become active, or anything else, you have to make the decision. There is no magic pill or person that can do the work for you and suddenly grant your wishes. It all has to come from you and the good news is that the decision is the hardest part. If you are honest with yourself and decide health is what you want, then the rest will become EASY.
DO IT NOW
I enjoy making the statement that “The time is now because it’s all that we have. Yesterday is just a memory and tomorrow is a thought.” The greatest “NOW“ decision I ever made was when I chose to get healthy.
When I first arrived in Florida before having started what would become “Weight Loss 101: How I Conquered Obesity,” my decision was already set. I remember getting home and my mom demanding that I get prepared to participate in her healthy eating program. I had just gotten home on a Saturday night and I was supposed to start on that same Monday.
My response is what set the stage for the transformation I underwent for the ensuing six months. I told her I was not willing to wait until Monday and that I wanted to get started right then and there. Excited to get me started, mother prepared the cleanser for my first time.
I downed the red glass of vegetable juice like a champion, but it was not easy to say the least. The first few times drinking the detox juice can be a daunting task. That was one of my favorite moments because it represented the start of ceasing the moment and not leaving for tomorrow what I could do today.
I always thought it was counterproductive for people to say they are going on a diet, but in the mean time they eat as much food as possible. I am no expert, nor am I that smart, but I highly doubt that stuffing your face one day and then dieting will have a positive outcome.
Many people ask me for weight loss advice due to the success I have had. The majority of the time the exchange goes well and seems to end with an, “I will try this at some x time in the future.” It is a completely legitimate statement considering this person may or may not have the foods needed. However, I have observed that most people that put off weight loss for the future will not follow through.
I strongly believe that the moment you put something off for a later time, you are automatically setting yourself up for failure and procrastination. My message is simply to take advantage of the moment and stop leaving things for tomorrow. Tomorrow will never come it will always be today!
Don’t just think about it, begin taking steps. It is very important to take the steps necessary and get moving in the right direction. I understand how overwhelming this can be, but I know that everyone is capable of making the leap. So again, remember, don’t wait for tomorrow, start right NOW!