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Blurt: Are You Winning the Game of Life?

Posted Feb 28 2010 9:43am

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If good health is one of you goals to a long and happy life, maybe not! It has been two months since New Year’s; are you keeping your resolution? Studies show people surveyed only keep their resolutions anywhere from 6-46% of the time depending on the study. My favorite quote from Yankee legend, Yogi Bera, “It ain’t over till it’s over” has inspired me to reach my weight loss goals helping me to lose over 150 pounds.

But when is it over? What is your mind-set? Is it not over until death? Or, is it over when you reach your goal weight and you have finished your diet? Well, if your answer is the latter, then you may be on your way back to your old bad habits. You have to develop good life-long habits if you are going to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Another famous quote by Aesop, “slow and steady wins the race,” has a lot to do with our success.

Remember, as I noted in an earlier article, “A mere twenty-five years ago less than 10% of the American population was considered obese. Now over 30% of Americans are documented as being obese with the largest growth rate being in the south. Mintel, a market research leader, found that only 25% of survey respondents said they suffer from or have been diagnosed as being obese or overweight. According to the Center for Disease Control, however, 67% of Americans fall into this category and likewise Mintel found 65% of the respondents were actually obese or overweight.”

Again, I ask, are you keeping your resolutions? Do you still have Valentine’s Day candy or did the pound of chocolate get devoured the first day? St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are coming; do you have a plan in place to overcome these temptations? I’ll be honest with you, my birthday is this week and I know I will be eating a slice of ice cream cake. But, I am planning for it. You must have a plan! There are numerous programs out there to help you lose weight and provide the support you need.

However, you have to have the mind-set if you are going to continue to achieve your goals. No one else can do that for you. It’s up to you! You have to choose to live a healthy lifestyle and make room in your plan to enjoy your life. If you are miserable and dreading your exercise program and forcing yourself to eat foods you don’t like, you are going to have a harder time achieving your goals. You have to want it! You have to plan for your chocolate cravings and your salty food cravings. I use Weight Watchers® to help me plan however there are many programs which can teach you how.

If “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “slow and steady wins the race,” how can we combine these two ideals and win at the Game of Life? I believe we must choose each and every day to live a healthy lifestyle. To me it is not a resolution but a life-long commitment. I see the finish line at the end of my life and I want to live a long and healthy life. I know I must take it day by day and enjoy this short time we have here on God’s green earth. It is through my faith I can achieve my goals and overcome the struggles I have in maintaining my health. I know I will succeed and have the mind-set to make that hit in the bottom of the ninth. I know with practice and failure I will continue to learn and strive to be the best I can be.

So, don’t beat up on yourself because you have let your resolution fall by the wayside. You have your whole life to live and you can achieve your goals. Start today! Find the exercise program you love. Begin making healthier food choices. Start counting calories, fat grams and/or points. Make a plan! You CAN and WILL do it! Have the mind-set of a winner. “It ain’t over till it’s over!” You can win the Game of Life!

 This is the article I wrote for The Henry County Times published February 24, 2010.

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