My husband just turned 40. In about a week I’ll be 39 and it’s giving me a lot to think about. My husband comes from a long line of nonagenarians. I come from a long line of heart disease and cancer. So, naturally, this has me thinking of changes I can make to my lifestyle to keep me thriving right beside him for the next 50 years.
So, here’s the plan. Housework will no longer count as “exercise”. Sure it helps me get those steps in, but it certainly doesn’t give my heart an adequate cardiovascular workout. I’m careful to monitor toxins in my environment and I read labels carefully. But sometimes that isn’t enough. I’m finding myself for the first time in 12 years struggling to drop the extra pounds. It was so nice being able to eat whatever I wanted when I was nursing my babies! That luxury has passed and it’s time to quit making excuses.
Here’s a common misconception: just because you wear a size 6 does NOT mean you are in prime health. A person can be lean and look good, but that doesn’t equate to longevity or having a strong heart. So, while there may be some of you rolling your eyes at the thought of me needing to “get fit”. Know that I’m not “dieting” but I’m making lifestyle changes that will benefit me and my family for years to come.
I’ve always felt that diets and get-fit-quick plans were gimmicks; and from what I’ve observed, they may work quickly, but they don’t help you stay lean in the long term. It’s about getting active, getting off the couch and up from your computer to actually exercise. It’s about choosing fruit over cookies and hummus & cucumbers over chips.
Every decision has ramifications for our health and for those around us. My kids are watching. I had a big eye opener when my pre-reader children could find a Dr. Pepper for me in the checkout line when we were grocery shopping. I joked that it was my “Mommy Fuel”. However, I’m “Dr. Pepper sober” for 20 months now and I much prefer them asking, “Mom, do you want a Kombucha?” over “Mom, do you need a Dr. Pepper?” I want them to learn to make the healthy choices. But even more than that, I want to be here for them for a long time. I want to live a long full life that isn’t cut short by disease.
There are a lot of things that are out of my control, but THIS is something I can control. I can make a choice each day to eat foods that are life giving rather than disease inducing. This passage in 1 Corinthians 6 is referring to sexual immorality, but I think it applies to more than that.