The benefits of physical activity are undeniable. So do you follow a regular exercise program? Would you if you found out you had pre-diabetes and your father has to undergo a below knee amputation due to complications from the same condition?
Sometimes scary diagnoses can be our greatest gift.
Why? Because they help us get ultra clear on our reasons for change. Change doesn’t usually happen by itself. You’ve probably noticed that.
In our experience teaching the Eat Real Food Academy program, the people who do the very best tend to be the folks who have hit rock bottom in some way. Whatever that means for them.
- Maybe their teenaged daughter’s anorexia-bulimia diagnosis has caused them to re-evaluate their own body image and relationship with food.
- Maybe steadily declining health has resulted in such a profound loss of energy they aren’t able to play with their young children.
- Maybe waking up in the ICU following a sudden heart attack was exactly the kind of literal and figurative wake-up call they needed.
Life has a way of handing us just the kind of lessons we need, and unless we’re tuned into our bodies, then those lessons often come in the form of symptoms we can no longer ignore.
We would never wish ill health on anyone, but we’ve noticed that it can have the positive side effect of finally elevating the important work that needs to be done to the top of the priority list.
Consider these two questions as you hone your own “why?”
- What am I afraid will happen if I don’t get control of my eating habits?
- What do I stand to gain by getting control of my eating habits?
This can be a really powerful exercise if you really dig deep and consider the consequences of two extremes — poor health and excellent health. If you’re feeling courageous, please share them with our supportive community in the comments section below.