Life is all about choices. We make choices all the time. Some are easier than others, but one thing they all have in common is that whatever choice we make, we have to live with the consequences. Some folks have told me in the past they feel like they have no choice, but the fact of the matter is that we have choice in everything. It’s just that some people aren’t willing to accept the consequences of their decisions.

Adopting a lifestyle that is vastly different from one you are accustomed to is no small task and is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of perseverance, and a lot of discipline. On top of that, you have to be patient and allow the process to work, to allow the weight loss and improved health happen naturally. These are outcomes many people aren’t willing to accept.

What amazes me is that, given the outcomes from choices like eating without regard for health and allowing one’s self to be obese which will result in health problems and likely an earlier death is acceptable to people, but putting in effort to reverse bad health and to lose weight isn’t. It’s just not logical.

I made the choice to change my life for the better. I knew that some of the consequences of this decision included no longer being able to be careless and carefree about my eating decisions, having to do more preparation and planning for every meal, and eventually needing to do some exercise. I would have to become diligent about the ingredients in all of the food I eat, and I would have to forego eating foods I’ve lived an entire life enjoying. It wasn’t going to be easy. I was going to go through some discomfort, but I was okay with this. The alternative was continued health problems and death. The consequences of doing nothing to me were untenable.

The choices you make regarding your health have lasting effects on not just you, but your loved ones. If you decide to let your health go, you’re not just affecting your own life, but the lives of those around you. From your kids who look to you for guidance and look up to you as an example to the friends and family who would care for you and comfort you as your health declines. You have the power to change that. You control your destiny.

Make the choice to improve your health. If you already made the decision to live healthy, help others make the choice to live longer through better health and fitness. Sometimes, they just need someone to give them a nudge or an encouraging word.

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