Staying fit is part of my life’s work. When I stepped on the bathroom scale seven years ago, the scale broke. In that instant, I decided to break away from the habits that were keeping me sick, tired and overweight.
Over the next six months, I lost 62 pounds of fat. Just as importantly, I lost the chains that kept me from moving toward my dreams. I’ve learned a great deal about myself during my seven-year adventure (or perhaps I should say inventure). Here are 9 truths I know for sure:
1. Dieting doesn’t work; eating for health and fitness does.
2. The majority of my impulses to eat have nothing to do with physical hunger; self-awareness is essential.
3. Daily exercise and movement are as essential to my well-being as air, water and food are.
4. Black coffee brightens my morning, lifts my spirits, sharpens my mind and gives me guilt-free enjoyment.
5. Food is fuel, not ballast; eating until I am full means that I will feel uncomfortably stuffed and leaden 20 minutes later.
6. Keeping a daily journal of exercise routines, eating habits and outlook keeps me mindful of my commitment to care for my body.
7. The 10 minutes I spend each morning meditating (or some would say daydreaming) reminds me that detachment is the path to contentment.
8. I have no desire to return to my former self-indulgent and health-destroying habits; that life was a life worth leaving.
9. Doing good in the world by encouraging others to get fit does me a world of good.
My fitness efforts are not perfect. I’ll always be a work in progress. Next year, my list may consist of 9 new realities I’ve discovered about fitness, but one constant is woven throughout my efforts. Through thick and thin, through successes and breakdowns and through injuries and birthdays, I’ll seek to maintain the integrity of my commitment to a lifetime of fitness.