This is for life

It isn’t easy to get healthy. No, there are no shortcuts.  You just have to do it.  You’ll fail a lot at first.  You’ll get started and then stall out.  You’ll be doing well and hit a snag.  You’ll come full stop.  Just start again.  It isn’t the stopping that is the point.  It is the starting again.  Know that failing is normal.  You aren’t a failure for failing.  You’re normal.  You’re human.  Just get going again.

Even when you finally get a good routine going and you are doing very well, you’ll start to slack off.  You’ve gotten to your goal and you think you can ease up.  Then your joints start hurting again, and your jeans start not fitting again, and you’ll realize there isn’t a stopping point.

This is for life.  You can’t stop because if you stop you’re done.  You have to see eating well and moving around more as something you just do as part of being a human.  It has to be part of your life, and not just a thing you do to lose a few pounds before your high school reunion or wedding.

This is for life, because otherwise, you don’t really have a life.  Otherwise, you’ll end up, if you make it to old age at all, on so many pills you’ll need an assistant to sort them for you.  You’ll need a cane, or a walker, or a wheelchair. You’ll spend your days sitting at home because you are too feeble to get out on your own.  You’ll be dead before you are dead.

This is for life.  This is so you’ll have a life.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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