I love to wear high heels. Spiky, strappy, sexy 3-4 inchers. My good friend Dr. Randy Lowe, an excellent podiatrist, tells me “just keep wearing them and I will fix your feet later”. I am actually pretty careful about how my shoes fit, how long I wear them and I have a lot of muscle in my legs so I don’t plan on needing him for that, but it makes me think about health care in America. We have become a society that wants to indulge now and fix it later.
A massive amount of our health care dollars are spent on type II diabetes, obesity related illness and addiction. All three of these are totally within our control to prevent. Then there is cancer, heart disease and hypertension (high blood pressure), to name a few, which we have a large deal of control over. For example, consuming the amount of sugar in one can of soda a day is enough to increase your chance of pancreatic cancer 70 percent! You know CANCER, the big C? It just isn’t worth it in pain, suffering, death or dollars. And that is just one example.
Sometimes people will say, “I just can’t give up sugar” or “I just can’t give up my Dr. Pepper” and I think, “are you kidding me!! People have given up heroine, alcohol, cigarettes and even sacrificed their life for their fellow man, I am sure you can give up sugar!” If you don’t care to change something in your diet, that is fine, but it isn’t because you can’t.
Health care reform has become a major political and social issue in our country. There is a problem and while we are blaming insurance companies, congress, and the medical community, maybe we should look in the mirror and see if we are part of the problem. I don’t know what congress will do but I don’t think it unwise to count any solutions they come up with to fix us up after we have neglected and trashed our bodies. We can find ourselves dependent on doctors and pills, if we can get them, or we can be proactive now and reduce our chances of needing their health care programs.
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline weighs ounces, the pain of regret weighs pounds.” Jim Rohn
1. Lose that weight. Just do it. Start today. No excuses. You can do it just as well as anybody else can. Tomorrow you will just be one day older. Enjoy your body. If you need help getting started, call me. It’s what I do.
2. Get fit. Determine which five – six days a week you will exercise and then never miss a workout. Lot’s of very busy people find the time to exercise and do it faithfully. If you don’t know how to get started call me. It’s what I do.
3. Replace the junk you consume with the beautiful things that nature has to offer.
You can do this! You are more powerful than you can imagine! But you won’t know that, or how very much it is worth it until you do. Let’s fix it now and indulge in a very long and healthy life.
“When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.” Zig Ziglar