Everything in life has a “why” associated with it …. Why you go to a certain grocery store, why you like a particular brand of coffee, why you work where you work …..
Our health also has a why. What’s your why? It changes throughout our lifetime, I believe. My why has evolved and continues to change as years pass.
When I was 8, I had open heart surgery. My “why” growing up was to remain healthy. I recall the doctor talking to me and stressing the importance of growing up healthy and active. As I became older, I understood that concept more clearly. I began to value my health and felt lucky to have no limitations. Not that I always made the healthy choices and I would veer off course from time to time, but I would always come back to my “why” and that would get me back on track.
Then, I became a mom … and my “why” changed and evolved. At that time, I wanted to set a good example; especially having a girl. I wanted to eat healthy, exercise and be a strong, positive role model. I wanted it to be a way of living …. Not a diet, not a binge, not a yo-yo lifestyle and I didn’t want her to learn bad habits – so many of our girls learn bad habits early and spend a lifetime being miserable. So, I made a lot of conscious decisions — I never had a scale in the home when she was young and I never talked about weight or being on a diet. I always made exercise and being active a daily part of our life and I always shared the idea of appreciating our good health, and bodies and treating them with respect; if we don’t, who will??? Now, time passes .. we continue to live as a healthy family. My daughter is 15 and my son is 12, so the challenges are different. Her, I’m trying to teach her to eat enough good calories and food to fuel her body and give her energy. Him, he’ll eat anything and everything, so I’m trying to make sure he adds some healthy options into his meat and potatoes wish-list! But, what I continue to stress is that it’s a lifestyle … living healthy and taking care of your body every day, for the rest of your life.
Now, I move into the future and my “why” continues to evolve. 2.5-years ago my mom was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, at the young age of 60. While this disease is horrific, has no cure, and scientists don’t know what causes this or how to avoid it, study after study shows that exercise could be a benefit – Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Alzheimer’s Research Center at Mayo Clinic, said on ABC: Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.” So, guess what …. I’m working hard to fight this disease. Right now, my “why” is really being terrified of getting this disease. And, if I can last another day, week, month, year — knowing who my kids are, knowing my husband, having my memories of our lifetime together … I’m doing everything I can do, now, to create my future – and that is my NEW “why”.
What’s your why? Use your why to improve your life. It can be so powerful! Many of my clients have shared their why with me: “because my dad had heart disease at an early age and now my daughter is getting older and I don’t want to be like him”, “I want to look good for my high-school reunion”, “I want to feel better and like looking in the mirror again”, “I’m tired of being fat”, “I want to be around as long as I can to enjoy my kids and grandkids”, “I want a good quality of life” …….
Use your why! Only you control you, only you can make the change. Decide to live better. Decide to use your why to motivate you.
My final “why” … to support people, to motivate people, to help YOU appreciate your health, your body and your future. I feel lucky to be a coach and love what I do!
Share your why below, email me and let me know if I can help!