It was my daughter’s 11th birthday the other day. We were out in the Trafford Centre, a large shopping centre in Manchester, on our way to play a game of Laser Quest. The arena was up a couple of flights of stairs, two escalators ran along side of them, rather than take them I said to my daughter, “5 second head start, I’ll race you the top”, and off she ran like a whippet.
There’s something else you should know now, my daughter does Gymnastics, so as you can imagine she’s quite fit, she seems to excel at any sport she tries where I as a child was the last to be picked for any team sport, I was that bad. She’s not at all like me in this respect.
After five seconds I made chase, making her aware I was coming, the stairs case was clear, everyone else was taking the escalator. I ran hard, taking the stairs two by two, I wasn’t just going to let her win. We reached the top neck and neck and when I called it a draw; I looked down to see my daughter giggling her little head off.
Just one year ago I think she would have beaten me, just one year ago I was at the start of my journey to health but this time I made it to the top of the stairs with only a little heavy breathing due to the sudden burst of high energy running and I recovered quickly.
I’ve had a few moments like these recently, moments I will cherish forever, and they wouldn’t be possible without my health. It’s not just about losing weight and having a healthy BMI, you can do that through calorie restriction and still be unhealthy, it’s about a healthy lifestyle, exercise and lots of fruit and veg not the latest fad diet. The latest craze in weight loss wouldn’t have given me those memories.
If you truly want to lose weight and be healthy it’s going to take effort, not just willpower but real effort and time, researching recipes and exercise programs to find out what suits you and your life best right now in the moment and as your life stages change so will your diet and exercise routines.
What I can say is the effort will be worth it. Start now. Watch one hour less of TV per day and use that time to research methods for getting healthy. Don’t wait until Monday, or next month or next year, make a commitment to yourself to start tomorrow. Go on, do it now.