The Yo Yo Lifestyle Syndrome
Do you struggle with cravings, emotional eating, or dieting ups and downs?
Many of us have or will in our lifetimes. Which is okay, ‘cos it means that we have been presented with a challenge and (apparently) learning to overcome difficulties is what leads to positive growth in our lives. At least, that’s what I’ve heard.
And, these days, it is what I have come to believe. Some spiritual followers even ask for such challenges to be thrown their way – so that they may learn and reach a higher level of functioning and living.
To us mere mortals, talk like this, can sometimes sound like complete claptrap. Airy, fairy – pie in the sky kind of stuff.
But for me, I think there is some wisdom in there. I mean, basically if we leave the spiritual aspect out of it, why wouldn’t we want to learn new skills, achieve better habits and behaviours that can transport us out of the continual cycle of overeating and the pain and regret the follows that behaviour. Who really wants to live in self-imposed misery? Of course, the answer is none of us do. And each of us must search for our own ‘way out’.
The BIG GOAL Effect
I know there are many ‘paths’ we can take to overcome these challenges and each can be effective and motivational in their own way. But today I just wanted to share with you the one main reason that I follow a ‘good health plan’ (for want of a better description and I’m sure there is one).
Basically (and I can’t believe that I am actually going to write this thought down, but anyway, here it is)…. I want to live forever.
Huh? Okay, so I do know that the ‘forever’ bit is probably stretching it a bit, but I figure why not go for the BIG GOAL to keep me motivated and adhering to a life of good habits.
Old Age or New Awareness
The reason I have chosen this as my BIG GOAL is that I have observed so many people in older age that seem to live unhappy and restricted lives, that I know beyond a doubt, that I don’t want that. Whilst I have the deepest compassion for these friends who do suffer frailty and disease (I worked for several years in a rehabilitation ward), I know that some (maybe more than we realise) of the fragility we habitually associate with aging, is actually avoidable.
So this is what I’ve decided:
1) When I am 80 I still want to be active – maybe not in the ‘let’s go for a 5km run’ active, but who knows?
2) I also know that when I am old, I don’t want to be under constant medical supervision, because of a ‘lifestyle disease’ that was totally preventable had I taken the appropriate lifestyle interventions decades before (bear in mind, I am talking about ‘lifestyle diseases’ here, not something that is totally out of an individuals control).
3) Lastly, I also want to be intellectually stimulated and still contributing to the world in a positive and meaningful way, when I am old, rather than sentenced to an existence of ill-health and struggle.
In short, I want a full life. An abundant life. An interesting life. And I want it to go on for a very long time.
Call me crazy, but I kinda like it here on the Big Blue Ball.
Longevity and Well Being
So that in brief, is my main motivation for wanting to learn, explore, develop and live a life that is centred around healthy eating, an active lifestyle and a conscious awareness of all that I can be and do.
Some people call it ‘living out your potential’, others call it ‘discipline’, others may even call it ‘obsession’. Whatever….labes aren’t important. Loving and living life to the full is all that really matters to me.
Do you have ONE BIG GOAL that keeps you motivated and achieving your goals? Do you think ‘a healthy lifestyle’ is all it is cracked up to be? Maybe the adage ‘we’re here for a good time, not a long time’ is more apt to the way you think and live? I would love to hear your thoughts.
You certainly don’t have to agree with my musings to share a comment or thought. We’re all different (and what a boring world it would be if we weren’t) so please feel free to share whatever thoughts you have on this topic. Love to hear them 🙂