I can eat five dollars worth of sour candies in one sitting.
I can eat a whole bag of potato chips while I watch T.V.
I can eat four JBCs (junior bacon cheeseburgers) in a row as I drive home late at night.
I can eat three donuts without blinking an eye.
These are all things I've done (accomplished?) in the past and use to laugh about. That was until I tried on my wedding suit last week and could hardly fit into it. Then I stopped laughing.
That experience was the motivation I needed to take a serious look at my health. I used to joke about my poor eating habits, but it not as funny when you go from your wedding suit fitting you perfectly to being embarrassingly tight. Like really tight. Too tight. See-all-the-goods-tight.
After investigating my health and eating habits, I resolved to make a concerted effort to eat less junk and carbs, eat more fruit and vegetables, and wake up earlier each morning to put in at least 15 minutes of exercise.
As I'm sure you can imagine, I already feel better. I'm more productive. I'm more focused. I'm less tired. I'm already lost weight enough to fit back into my suit, and what's more, the fruit and vegetables I used to avoid are now tasting delicious when I eat them.
It's easy to think about our health as a joke and much harder to take it seriously. But I'm learning that taking it seriously is important—important enough to have an influence on my level of creativity, peace, and joy each day.
So where are you at with this whole healthy living thing?
I'm not saying you need to go out and buy a gym membership and do a full detox.
I'm just saying maybe there are few steps all of us can take to make sure we're healthier, and therefore, more enabled to live the lives we're meant to live and do the work we're meant to do.
(And fit into our wedding suits).