One of my current favorite sites for quality health discussion is IowaAvenue (IowaAvenue.com)
. There are a lot of excellent contributors who have a passion for helping others through diet and exercise suggestions.
This morning I was reading one of their forum discussions
and ended up identifying some of the core reasons why I've decided to try, once again, to head down this road to improving my health. My health has become increasingly important for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are my two children. Here's what I said:
"My children have probably been my biggest motivator. My goals with respect to my children are to:
- Help them to grow up with better habits than our culture encouraged when I was growing up so that they don't have the same obstacles to weight management that I do (less TV, little if any fast food, exercise for fun, etc.)
- Set the right example in eating well
- Be able to play with them on the living room floor, or run around with them outside without risking a heart attack
- Be physically comfortable with myself so that they don't pick up on my insecurities, and make them their own
- Be around long enough to see them find their own path, and hopefully be part of that.
The second part of my motivation, sad to say, is fear...I have diabetes on both sides of my family, heart disease on both sides, and a history of cancer on both sides. So far, I'm fine. But that will change if I don't.
The third part is more selfish -- I know that with a history of diabetes, I am doomed to have to give up the foods I love sooner or later if I don't adjust my habits. I think I can stave off the onset of diabetes with diet and exercise, at least for a while, which means I still get to eat those foods - but in moderation. So far so good."
I stand by these motivations, and think that they are all sound reasons to change my life for the better.
In some ways I was extremely lucky growing up - I didn't develop any substance addictions like smoking or alcoholism, a fact for which I am very grateful to my parents for having guided me away from such things. However, I have developed an emotional addiction to fake foods that I believe have the potential to shorten my life. I believe that if I can get a handle on the healthful habits of good food in moderation, combined with working on the emotional aspects, I will finally, finally succeed.
There are of course no guarantees in life, but I'm doing what I can to increase my chances of being around for a while. Hopefully, a very long while.
What motivates you to improve your health?