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Reminder that life could be shorter

Monday, December 07, 2009

I was reminded yesterday why I have made a conscious decision to change my lifestyle, for me and for my family. We have some acquaintances we haven't seen in a while. The family as a whole is very much over weight. The wife looked at my husband and referring to hers said, "You know the doctor's told him there is nothing they can do". Her husband proceeded to explain that he has congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, he is on oxygen... Think he is old? No just in his early 50's with a new grand baby only 11 months old. When we left my first thought was, "Has the doctor told him that his obesity lead to this problem? Does he think.. "I should try to change my habits to be here for my children and grandchildren?" I am not being critical... the opposite. It made me very sad and humbled. My husband and I talked about it on the way home. I told him that I do not want to be laying on my death bed and explain to my children that I am dying because I made foolish choices. I don't want to have a heart attack because I chose to live to eat besides eating to live. I realize I could die from one and be thin... but I don't want it to be because I didn't care enough about my family to change. It made me realize that I have a choice. I can choose to succumb to my flesh and the desires of eating whatever, whenever. But where does that get me? And why? Why make such horrible choices... at what cost? The cost of my future with my kids and grand kids? NO! I know I have one body, one chance at life. I don't want to spend it just eating and enjoying food... I want to spend it enjoying life! Enjoying what the Lord has given me. Health and a family. I remind myself that it is my responsibility to take care of me. If I don't than who will? If I don't help myself, than who can help me? I want my family to know that it is NOT ok to indulge, to eat more than your body should have. I want them to know that some things are 'treats' not everyday we can eat what we want when we want. I want to make Holidays special with special foods...and then be done. Living a healthy lifestyle. You have to know this is not how I grew up. It is not my nature to deprive. It is not going to be that I deprive my family. I am going to do my best to save my family. So they too can have a happy, healthy life. Difficult? Very much so... but in the long run... My life will not be shorter than it is suppose to be because of something I have brought on me. Lord, help me to be wise in my choices. How I lead my family, how I teach them. Because ultimately, I am responsible.
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