Losing Weight Means Chosing to Live
I watched an interview with Ophra Winfrey
the other day where she was asked about her recent weight loss.
"What is it?" she was asked, "That
let you finally lose weight?"
Ophra thought for a minute, then looked at
her interviewer and said, "Losing weight means choosing to
I know exactly what she was talking about.
There is a lot more to being overweight than all the medical problems
that we encounter. The worse part of being overweight is how draining
it feels. Body fat replaces muscle. Itâ€™s unproductive
body mass. It weighs you down and doesnâ€™t have
a lot of life to it. Fat is worse than dead weight, it uses up your
blood, nutrition and energy - it sucks the life right out of you!
Most of the time we donâ€™t
even know how bad we feel when we are overweight. It slowly creeps
up and we spend more and more time sitting down, slouching down,
even laying down.
We completely forget that muscle likes to
jump up and go. We forget how easy it is to run, jump and lift when
our bodies are full of life and muscle. Thatâ€™s
why Ophra says that losing weight means choosing to live. She lost
her weight this time through exercise and diet - not through diet
and thinking about exercise. She got the right personal trainers,
and committed herself to the full amount of time that it would take
to transform and build the muscles of her body. She knows that her
new body is full of a vibrant life that was missing in her before.
She chose to live.
If Ophra can do it, so can we. Maybe we arenâ€™t
rich and famous but we all have the opportunity to have a wonderful
life. We have so much to live for: Snow to play in, rivers to raft,
mountains to climb, projects to make. Health and fitness is our
key to enjoying our full lives.
Knitters suffer from the same craziness of
modern life that affects our whole society. All the things that
make weight slowly creep up on us are not going to go away just
by wishing. It turns out that gym membership is the antidote to
the ills of modern living. We want to be healthy and fit so we can
go outside, but the easiest place to achieve that is inside! Inside
the walls of a fitness center.
At a good gym you get inspired to complete
your workouts. You get to meet others who will help you. And, most
important of all, you get to use specialized equipment that targets
all the individual muscles in your body. Regular tune-ups at the
gym put the life back in your body. It doesnâ€™t
feel like work at all after awhile, it feels like aliveness, like
strength and energy.
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