I truly cannot believe it is almost Thanksgiving. The topics of this post could be endless: The beginnings of “How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain”, “Trim the Turkey Fat”, “The Platter of Fudge at the Office!” How about, “Dealing with Extended Family and How to Feel Balanced Amongst it All?” Then there is, “Cranberry Sauce versus Cranberry Chutney”, “Gratitude and Blessings”, “Gift Giving”, “Black Friday”, “Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin Beer, Pumpkin Hair Mask?” “No Time, Lots of Time, Family Bliss, Cold Weather Chill, and Bears versus Packers?!”
Today as we prepare for Thanksgiving, I am pulled to challenge our habitudes as we set forth towards this holiday season.
Why are you striving to get healthy? Why are you trying to lose weight? I know I will always be struggling to some degree depending on what day it is, or what season of life I may be in. However, I think that we live in a terribly broken system here in America. Much of our weight problem is due to our wealth. While our billion dollar food industry is telling us to super size, our doctors are telling us to down size. Our fellow Americans and people all over the world are starving to death. Can you imagine? Starving to death?! And here I am, at the first twinge of hunger…filling that void. I truly believe that we have no idea how little our body needs to be well sustained and nourished. Many of us have heard the term “portion distortion.” That is something I firmly believe we are accustomed to. I believe that if overeating begins to cause some guilt, not because one might gain weight, but because of the overabundance that we have, we could achieve that healthy balance we are all striving for.
My next point is this: You are exercising, you are getting strong, lean and healthy. Of course you want to look and feel good. I do too! When you look and feel good, there is a different energy that you project. You are more positive, self confident, and full of joy. This energy from achieving your fitness goals can trickle into those other dimension of wellness (emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual, and social). You will notice, and those around you will notice. This is not pride, this is a job well done! However, I believe there is more transformation for you yet! It is time for you to put that body to good use. It is my dream for Habitude Fitness to provide volunteer experiences for you to use your health to help others. Again, we are trying to evolve all six dimensions of wellness to see life changing transformation.
THIS IS A SHIFT! EAT LESS…MOVE MORE! OK, we have heard this before. But the difference here is the attitude, the heart, the behavior behind it. I know success can follow, and many will reap the benefits!
As a part of the Habitude Fitness community, I have an opportunity for you to give this a try.
Saturday December 1st, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. You are invited to pack food at Feed My Starving Children 741 East Park Avenue, Libertyville Illinois 60048
Please let me know if you would like to attend. There are limited spots available! firstname.lastname@example.org
(Check out this link to the brand new Libertyville location!)
This video will also clue you in on what the evening will entail. I hope you will join me.
Make a difference with your fitness.