2 Reasons You Should Definitely Make the Effort to Get in Shape
It’s 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. It was a hectic week, topped off with a long and exciting Friday night. I’m just now getting in. Upon remembering all I have to do over the horribly short weekend, I panicked. I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Guess what happens next?
Invariably, whenever I do that madness, I end up sleeping until 10, 11 or even 12 the next morning! Having given my body a most unrealistic goal, my brain and body then conspire to ignore my alarm and instead, have me sleep until they are good and ready to wake up.
I want to encourage you in relation to how you treat your body. Right now, your primary responsibility is not to make commitments about fitness that you are very likely to break like getting “a 6 pack,” or “a chiseled chest,” or “the most toned thighs ever!”
I am incredibly passionate about encouraging people who feel afraid, to rise above it, to run past it, to pursue the things they know they want and need to do. Why? Because fear is often a wall blocking us from investing in the things that matter most.
Considering my built and list of involvements and achievements, most people ignore me when I even suggest that I may be too shy or too scared to do some thing. If only they knew. For everything I do, there are so many more things I do not do. Sadly, all owing to fear. Let me just give one example.
Why They Chose Messi Over Me
I could have been in the Champions League. It’s just that, I was too much of a coward to join the football team during high school.
There were twoproblems. My growth spurt got lost overseas somewhere and only decided to meet me in Jamaica when I was about ready to graduate high school. The real issue though, is that I have always had an imagination as vivid as an IMAX movie (with SOUNDTRACK!!) and I was certain, certain, absolutely certain that if I played, I would break my legs. The scenes replayed in my mind regularly. He ran out, got the ball, but blind to the sliding tackle from behind – klapow! Leg-less. The idea only intensified when a simple tackle left one of my classmates without a working ankle during a normal P.E. period. Not I boss.
I did start to play after a while. Who could resist? What is amazing is, I have played for at least three serious teams and I have never broken my legs. I did however, break my nose. Randomly, in an intense training session, with little light assistance from the long faded sun, I made a quick turn at the ball. So too did the guy on the next team. At virtually full speed we slammed head first (that is, my head and his gigantic forehead) into each other.
Guess what? I never broke my leg. All the slide tackles, all the bad plays, all the games for competition and for fun have passed and I have never broken them. What’s more, the fact that I didn’t collapse, didn’t scream or cry, but actually lived with the drooping, obviously broken nose for 3 weeks before visiting a doctor tells me: many times, the anticipation of pain is much worse than the reality. Even more! Nothing in football scares me anymore. (A bit late in the day, but still a welcomed peace).
No More IMAX Blockbusters
The whole experience taught me something that I try to remember in my daily life, now, whenever my crazy IMAX imagination tries to release other disturbing films (about how some new experience will “break my legs”). I recognize now, that I need to interrogate my fears.(How? Ask them penetrating questions!)
How many people break their legs in football? (Lots actually, everyday too.)
How significant are the chances that you will break your leg in football? (Just as high as the other guys who will break theirs today.)
Ok, so fears may have a good basis for existence. Here though is the crucial questions for me:
Have you ever known anybody who broke their legs? (Just two guys in 25 years! That is hardly a risk)
Is avoiding the risk of breaking your legs, better than giving up something you love, that enriches your life? Absolutely not.
Does anybody, at the end of their life reminisce on how well they protected their legs? Absolutely not.
I am still afraid! I have a million hang-ups, I cannot write about. I just try really hard to ignore the little (I wish) voices in my head, trust in the strength that Christ provides, and live. You should too.
How do you handle your fears? Do you run and hide? Do you face them? How?
How the packaging of chocolate and other candies affect how much we actually consume.
You thought that by purchasing the minis you were actually being responsible. Starving the old sweet tooth and ensuring effective portion control. You thought wrong. In fact, unless you want to eat nothing but sweets – you should avoid mind the minis.
According to University of Alberta researcher Jennifer Argo’s in a fairly recently published study in the Journal of Marketing – you and I are inclined to eat way more chocolate and other candies than we think we are eating when they come disguised in smaller packages.
We All Get Tricked by the Wrappers
While you may be the boss at resisting big bars of Cadbury, the smaller the packaging, the weaker your resistance.
The reason, as Argo highlighted, is that no really buys one Reese’s mini. No, “in reality, small packaged goods are often sold in multiples.”
“These consumers are basically saying, ‘this package is going to protect me; it’s going to help me achieve my goal,’ and so they relinquish control to the package,” she said. “They throw up their hands and say, ‘I don’t have to worry because the package is taking care of everything for me.’ As soon as they’ve given up initial control, they have no control to deal with that next package that’s presented to them.”
If it really matters, here are two things you can do to safely have a treat when you want without losing your self-control.
1. Buy the regular sized snack.
According to Argo, regular-sized package snacks combined with good portion control offer a much better value than the minis. In fact, the switch may “not only reduce calories, but also save money as well.”
2. If you buy minis, be conscious as you chew.
Check the packaging to see the nutritional value of each mini. Take one at a time. Be mindful of how many you have eaten already.
Sure, sometimes we need to focus. Just arms today. I’m not talking about focusing on individual muscle groups in a strategic and planned way. No, I am talking about the habit of only doing the bench press or only doing curls or, like the little cartoon lady, only using the calf machine all the time, because that is all you like or know (or are comfortable with, because you’ve pretty much grown accustomed to it). Continue reading The One Thing You Should NOT Do At the Gym→
Touching my legs, after just reading Oswald Chambers on the value of casting our burdens on God, I prayed for my shins, Achilles tendon and all the parts of my leg that started acting up yesterday when I ran out way too fast before I was fully warmed.