Complacency Kills

This cartoon by Randy Glasbergen says it all! Why is it we convince ourselves that exercise is an option. Do we really have such a low of self-worth that we like being lazy and complacent over being dead?! Maybe the problem is we’ve gotten used to mediocrity and settled on having less than we want. Maybe not looking as good, not feeling as good or not being as healthy as we would like is OK. NO! IT’S NOT OK!

Maybe you just haven’t had your ‘wake-up call’ or maybe you aren’t quite uncomfortable enough and need to put on another 10lbs until you’re REALLY sick of yourself! I’VE been there!! I think, “exactly how crappy do I have to feel to get my butt in gear?! And when was not being happy with myself OK?” HOW RIDICULOUS AND STUPID OF ME!!

Obesity continues to climb the charts. Just this week our local headlines read “15 years ago Florida’s obesity rate was 49.1%. Now the state waddles in at a gut busting 62.6%”. Maybe the headline should have read “OBESITY KILLS: Only 37.4% of Floridians are safe from the epidemic”.

What is wrong with America? I think it’s pretty simple. We’ve taken this whole freedom and rights thing to an extreme. We’ve become greedy, self-indulging, rebelling and selfish beings who don’t want to practice self-control in any area of our lives. We want to have our cake and eat it too. Well, so do I – but in the end, I’m just left with is icing on my face and fat on my hips…and I don’t even remember what it tasted like! (meaning it’s not worth it!) 

We want to have money, but we want to spend money. We want to keep our house, but we don’t want to give up our lifestyle. We want to lose weight but we don’t want to give up our favorite foods. We want to stay married, but we still want to flirt with our co-workers. Bottom line is we have become more and more greedy in every area of our lives. We want it all – and guess what?! We can’t have it all.

Life is about choices. Many times you can’t choose ‘both’. You have to decide between one thing and another. If you want knowledge you have to study more and party less. If you want a 6-pack, you have to workout more and eat less. If you want to get a job, you have to beat the streets and get noticed more and wait for the phone to miraculously ring less. Great things take a great amount of work.

In this economy, people relate to money a lot. The same way we have to prioritize our finances, it’s time we prioritize our health. There is a certain path that I must take to reach a certain goal. Any other path will not get me there – it requires a very specific path, with specific instructions to follow. This is not to say I can take the long way there, but if I want to get there quick, I have to stay on track.

Nothing seems to fit my schedule, so I have to give up something else so it CAN fit my schedule. If I don’t make the time now, I’ll have to make it later – whether it’s going to the gym and working out even harder to erase my sins or going to doctor to fix everything I messed up – so I really don’t have as many options as I think.

I will always crave chips and salsa BUT I will also always prefer being lean and fit over feeling fat and unhealthy so I MUST practice discipline. Next time you are tempted to be lazy or eat crappy, instead of thinking how great it would be to relax or eat a certain food, think about how bad it will feel to skip our workout and not feel healthy. THAT’s the reality we don’t like to think about. Nuff Said!  🙂

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on August 19, 2011, in Encouragement, Healthy Priorites, Motivational and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Amen, sistah!
    I have a sign by my desk that says, “Suffer the pain of DISCIPLINE or suffer the pain of REGRET.”
    yep. the choice is ours.
    -gene-

  2. Well said! Now, if only I could remember all that when Im feeling bad and want to give into the temptation of sweets. I think I need what the poster of the previous commenter says tattooed to my forarm. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I am a former special education teacher and I wrote a children’s picture book that tackles the issue of childhood obesity. Hunka Chunka Monkey Shapes Up entertains children without being preachy. It places a simple truth as a foundation in their hearts…..to cut back on their favorite snack, become active and make new friends.

    Chris Powell of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition reads my book to his children every night. He stated on his FaceBook, “The kids are requesting Hunka Chunka Monkey Shapes Up for their bedtime story tonight….AGAIN! This is the third in a row, but I love it. What a great message of healthy living for children:). Nicely done, Sam E Bromley!” Chris’s wife, Heidi Powell, used such words as ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant’ when describing my story! I am excited about getting this message out. You can go to YouTube.com and type in my book’s name: Hunka Chunka Monkey Shapes Up and see a brief message about my story! Please pass this on for all to see and partner with me and let us stop the obesity problem in America by encouraging the very young to skip, run and jump their way to a better life and a better future!

    Sam E Bromley
    http://www.hunkamonkey.com
    sebnest@yahoo.com

  4. Eating less or fewer calories and increasing our activity level or amount of exercise we do is the only true way to reach our weight loss goal. We also need to make the changes in our behavior so that we can maintain our weight loss goal now and in the future. Your information is good and a motivator for people who read it. Keep up the good work.
    Thank you.

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