This is the first of what I hope will be many blog posts about how to get fit even if you’re getting on in years. The message here is simple – “It’s never too late”. Let’s get started….
I want you to think about politics. I know, I know, that seems to be the only thing everyone has been thinking about lately! But I want you to think of a politician that makes it clear that he is going to serve an EXTREMELY small percentage of the population – let’s say only ambidextrous people that own a tiger and live on an income of 50 million dollars a day. I’m thinking that politician would be very unsuccessful. He would fail miserably and be lucky if he got one vote; his own.
That, however, is the kind of logic that many of us subscribe to when we eat. We are serving an extremely small percentage of our body – namely our taste buds. That is the kind of thinking we must break if we’re going to be successful in a lifestyle change. It’s worth noting here that I will never refer to a “diet” because DIETS DO NOT WORK! If we’re going to be successful in getting fit, we MUST adopt a lifestyle change. The beginning of that change is changing how we think about food.
Diets are, by nature, short term. We must think in the long term. Every time we put something in our mouths, we must think beyond taste. We must think about what this food is doing to serve us. If it is serving just our taste buds, it’s not worth eating.
I happen to be blessed with a pretty high-end sports car. The specifications for this car state that I must use premium gasoline for it. If I were to use regular, the car would perform poorly and there would be the possibility of doing damage to it. Our bodies are the same. If we’re not putting “premium food” in them, they will perform poorly and could be damaged.
So, every time you’re thinking of eating something, consider its value. Will this food satisfy only my taste buds or will it actually provide some meaningful substance?
I’m not saying that you can’t, sparingly, eat just for the sake of taste. However, that CANNOT be the focus of your eating. My Mom used to say all the time, “Eat to live, don’t live to eat”. This is the change that must be made to start our journey to health & fitness. If we start here, we’re starting down the road to success. The path to a lifestyle change instead of a “diet”. Long term success is the key. Not a quick weight loss that looks good for a hot minute then we gain back everything plus.
In my upcoming blogs, I will outline for you the way that I went from a 250 pound, 55 year old man that couldn’t perform a physical act that required exertion to 185 pounds and somewhat muscular. Stay tuned. The best is yet to come. Both for this blog and for your and my journey to being “Old & Fit”