In high school, about 10 years ago, I remember being extremely active. I was part of the JROTC program. After that I entered the Marching Band. Coming home after 5 or 6 all sweaty and tired was normal. Extracurricular activities were my thing! I was young, with nothing else to do other than play all night with the drums. Then after graduation, college, jobs, relationships, marriage, and children came to the picture, my body started taking shapes I’ve never imagined.

I’m not over-weight. I’m not ripped, sculpted, nor toned. What I am is out of shape and inactive. Some guys will wish to have a body like mine. For that, I’m eternally grateful. Last checkup with the doc, he said everything was looking great. No crazy diseases or things to worry about. Thank God. I’m even more thankful for that. But being inactive concerns me. Another thing that concerns me is not drinking sufficient water or eating healthy enough. Also, a tiny belly that’s driving me crazy. 

What to do? What to do?

Drink more water, setup a weekly meal plan, run and stretch a little. But that’s not the problem. The problem is getting in to the habit of it. The whole world wants to be healthy and in shape. But very little want it that bad.

How bad do you want not to get chronically sick? How bad do you want to outlive your parents age (if they’re not alive)? My only living grandmother is 94 (I think). How bad do you want to stay alive for your children? How bad do you want to breathe, walk, and sleep right?

How bad you want it won’t guarantee an extended life, but it sure as heck guarantees a happier one.

When you start dissecting your physical ambition, you’ll start to notice that it’s less about you. I’ve seen so many people, in amazing shape, go hardcore with exercise for the wrong reasons. Luckily, for them, they still get the wonderful benefits of living a healthy life. But their priorities and reasons all over the place. Don’t become that. See a totally new angle on this. I’m starting to.

What are your reasons?

Pay the price of habit. It will hurt. Place aside the goals of losing x amount of pounds, muscle, or calories. That comes later. Another group of people I’ve seen is that after finishing their 90 day workout program, they go, “now, what?”

This is not about feeling good, thats the by product. It’s about doing good continuously. Everyday.

This is why I don’t believe in diets. They’re temporarily. A marketing scheme. Let’s vote for a healthy life style. I’m not saying not to explore these books or programs. They actually work! But, if you want to get right up on it, start simple. Start small. Start now.

My goal for this year: Commit to drinking more water (I already started with one full glass a day early in the morning). Commit to my weekly healthy meal plan (which reflects wonderfully in my financial budget). Commit to daily exercise (Which I’m still exploring my options. Time is ticking. My own message convicts me).

I know I’m advocating to keeping each essential to one or two goals. If you really see the true message behind this post, the goal is to commit – creating new habits with my simple physical plan.

[This is part of The Essentials Series]

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