Written by: Dr. Mark
A few weeks ago I wanted to write about all the excuses we use to NOT pursue our health. Excuses to avoid the gym, to not eat healthy, or more likely to eat the UN-healthy. It was on my mind because I have “started” the Straight 60 plan a number of times, but didn’t have the commitment needed to stay with it. Then found myself in a place of saying “I’ll start after …..” The truth is I could come up with all sorts of reasons to wait to start the Straight 60. For me it starts with pretty “good” reasons like a birthday celebration, which only comes once a year, but can quickly turn into “I don’t want to start now, its Friday.” If we are really honest with ourselves, there’s always going to be a reason (excuse) to not pursue your health, to not start omitting those damaging foods.
I decided not to write about this because I wasn’t ready to go forward with it. I did exactly what I’m talking about up there, I had an excuse, because I knew once I addressed this again here, I’d have to get committed again. Well, I am ready to get back at this. Its like what you’ll hear Dr. Eric say at the beginning of the 60 Day turnaround, you need to tell everyone you know, or at least some people to keep you accountable. The problem I had with trying to start back on this path was I wouldn’t tell anyone, so a cheat or completely giving in, was only known by me.
If you are newer to the office you probably are not aware that when I joined Healthsprout almost 2 years ago, I was more overweight than I am now. I did the Straight 60, and was very committed to it. Like I mentioned birthdays above, the first time through I skipped dessert on my own birthday, my 30th. That was commitment, and it was going great. I lost about 30 lbs. in those 60 days. I was doing a blog on our website, which I think helped keeping me accountable, which was me telling everyone I know. I fell off the wagon hard and since then I’ve gained back some of the weight. I’m definitely better than where I was, but not where I want to be.
So I’m starting my journey again, today, Wednesday April 27. My goal is to lose weight, because I’ve been overweight too long, and there is no such thing as healthy overweight. I look forward to feeling good again, and having more energy. If you are like me and struggle with the excuses we make to put off our health. We need to stop lying to ourselves that its just one more meal, one more day and know that if we don’t stop now and commit to a change we’ll continue down this path which will steal life from us. I know its hard, especially when those “good excuses” come up like a birthday, we are not there to celebrate the food, its the people that make it special.
I’ve mainly talked about food, because that’s whats hardest for me, but the excuses are there for other aspects as health as well. Not exercising, not dealing with stress, not getting adjusted, or not doing your home care. Don’t push it off any further.
We have a workshop coming up, 60 in 2, the main points from the 60 Day Turnaround condensed into 2 hours. If you haven’t done the 60 day, I strongly recommend it. Or if you just want to watch Dr. Eric try to not shoot over 2 hours, come check it out.
Feel free to keep me accountable and ask how I’m doing. One way you’ll know, is that I told my wife I wouldn’t shave my beard until I’m under 200 lbs. so if I shave that off you’ll know I’m doing well.
If you are interested my blog from the first time through: http://www.healthsprout.com/60-day-turnaround/dr-marks-blog-on-the-60-day-path/
No time like the present to get healthy!