Whose Body Is It Anyway?

by Shirl on October 5, 2009

Are you the boss of your body, or is your body the boss of you? No, really, I mean it.

Think about your day and all the things you do, carrying bundles from the grocery store into the house, getting in and out of your car, fitting through turnstiles, walking from the parking lot to your work, bending, lifting, reaching. Think of all the physical movements you make during the day. Now, think about the effort expended doing all these tiny and not so tiny movements. Do you complete each movement with ease without a thought about using your body or do you make compensations for you body. Do you compensate because you have to make up for your girth? Do you change the path you take because your feet hurt or your breathing is too shallow? Be honest, how much are you the boss of your body, and how much is your body the boss of you?

If it’s any comfort to you, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 61% of all adults in the U.S feel that they are overweight. It’s the moment when you “accept” the idea that you are overweight that changes your attitude about yourself. It’s at this moment that you consciously make a choice – “Yes, I’m overweight and that’s that”…or “I feel like I’m overweight, and I’m going to change”.

You may not think those exact words or you may not even notice the pounds and inches slowly padding out your body. Then, one day you do notice and ask “When did this happen?” Imagine how different things would be if you went to bed one night and the next morning woke up to discover you had put on 30 pounds overnight. I’ll bet you would take immediate action to change things!
But we don’t just gain weight overnight, do we, we pack it on little by little, an ounce at a time, over months and years; and as it slowly adds up we accept these tiny changes until we can’t even imagine how this change of body, change of activities, and change of attitude has taken over our lives. And just as if you woke up 30 pounds heavier and determined to do something about because it happened overnight, you can choose to do something about it right now.

Let’s take our own little survey and find out what you really think about your body. Just accept the first thoughts that come to mind as you complete these sentences.

When I think about my body I …
2) Every time I put on my clothes I feel…

The last time I remember feeling in great shape was…

I can lose weight starting today, if I…

Complete these sentences and write down the answers. Now write down #4 four different ways. Really think about it. What can you do today?

The Surgeon General has declared obesity to be epidemic in the United States, so much so that it is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year, that’s more than 3 fully loaded 747 airplanes crashing every single day with NO Survivors! 300,000 people gone every single year. And the numbers are growing each year. Does it include you? These people are dying from all kinds of health problems brought on by being overweight or obese, and most of them could have done something to stop their untimely deaths.

The good news is that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, we are all going to live longer lives. Today the average life expectancy for a man is 74.5 years and a woman can live to the age of 79.5! So given that, how will you fare physically when you are in your 70’s? Keeping fit, being able to walk, dance, ride a roller coaster, or just take part in all the activities of daily life is a major step to growing old without depression and isolation. Will you enjoy the life you will be living in the body you have now? Go back to #4. Make a list. Start today.

Who’s the Boss?

Let me know what worked for you. Share your solutions with us and let us know how you got your body back.

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