HOLA Temple Builders! Are you enjoying these awesome temps here in Pampa? This is one of the many reasons I moved back–there are SEASONS here!
I hope you guys are sufficiently recovered from Halloween treats and snacks! Oh wait…..are you still not back on track? What’s up with that?
If any of you guys are like me, then you have been known to procrastinate a time or two. Putting off folding your laundry, school work, and even jobs at work is something we all do at some point and time. This goes without saying that we do the same exact thing with FOOD.
Let me deconstruct the thought process here:
- There are so many activities going on right now–birthdays, events, and now the holidays are coming up!
- Man, I’m super overwhelmed with work, kids, and I can’t get any sleep at night.
- I think I’m getting another infection. Being sick makes me more tired.
- I really don’t have the time to make healthy meal at home, and fast food is CHEAP!
- I’ll just wait till January 1st, and then I know I’ll be ready to change my habits.
Stop RIGHT there. You laugh, maybe snicker, and even AGREE with me but I venture to say that 99% of everyone who reads this blog WILL DO exactly this. Congratulations, you just became another STATISTIC.
Let me remind you that more than 1/3 of adults (35.7%) are OBESE.
Let me also remind you that obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
Did you read those last two words? PREVENTABLE DEATH. 30-35% of adults in TEXAS are obese. We are ranked as the 12th most obese state in America.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Texas counties with obese levels over 30% include Angelina, Gray, Jasper, McLennan, Polk, Potter, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton counties.
Hmmm…..I’m just gonna throw it out there and you can be pissed if you want but guess what Pampa? We are KILLING ourselves and our kids. The crazy, insane, and weird thing is….we can prevent this but we CHOOSE not to. Why? Simple—PROCRASTINATION.
We tend to put off things that we give NO PRIORITY to. This is usually overall health and fitness. Interlaced within that realm is eating quality foods to provide your body with the energy it NEEDS, not an EXCESS amount that brings us back to square one.
If you are the sole provider for your family, are you going to procrastinate on finishing an important client or job at work? Absolutely not! You have an obligation to provide financially for your family through bills, and everyday needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. If you were to procrastinate getting your job done as expected by your employer, you would not be an employee for much longer. You can BANK on that.
We procrastinate getting healthy because again, we think we have all the time in the world and it simply isn’t a big enough priority to us.
Can you honestly say you can be the best parent, boss, employee, co-worker, church member, community member, sister, brother, or friend if you are putting off health and wellness like it’s an item you can purchase anytime on Ebay?
I will tell you now–many of you will read this, get it, and still tear open a bag of chips and turn on the tube. Procrastination has a way of leading us to another folly, DENIAL.Sure, ignore the high blood pressure, the diabetes, the chronic heart problems, and the deterioration of your joints and muscles.
You must change your priorities now–or else you will be the STATISTIC that does what EVERYONE and their DOG does every New Year. “I’m gonna lose 20lbs! I’m gonna get lean for the summer! I’m gonna start eating right!”
Follow your heart–does God tell us “when things slow down and you feel ready to carry your cross and follow me. You have PLENTY of time, so whenever you are ready jump on board!”
You are NOT promised tomorrow. All you have are the choices you make TODAY. I don’t care what the past holds for you–it doesn’t define you unless you choose to covet it like a treasure! Holding on to past failures, mistakes, and lost time won’t change the CURRENT situation.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
Rise up. Get going NOW. Don’t wait, and certainly don’t tell me you will for sure start in January. I want people who want their lives back NOW. That aren’t willing to let another day go by not experiencing God’s promises fulfilled in their lives. It saddens me and breaks my heart every time I see the SAME people do this same dance every year and……they look the same, worse, or have passed away.
He can open those doors, but YOU must walk through it. God’s love for us never ends–he will NOT procrastinate when it comes to his mercies.
If you are tired of that mediocrity, the games, and the DEFEAT contact me. You CAN and WILL do this. I can’t do it for you. God can’t do it for you.
You, with his strength and discernment, will lead you to accomplish ALL things.