Have you ever been walking through the mall, feeling uncomfortable in your jeans because they’ve gotten a little too tight, looked at someone with a bigger weight challenge, and thought to yourself, “At least I’m not her?”
Have you ever sat around with your friends lamenting about the way your body doesn’t cooperate anymore? You know the conversation, “Ever since I had my kids, I can’t seem to get rid of this tummy.” or “The older I get, the slower my metabolism gets. It’s impossible to lose weight anymore.” or “Menapause has changed everything; it’s turning me into a pear.” or “Who really cares. As long as my blood pressure and cholesterol are in check, I’m fine.” or “Are you nuts? Trying to get into shape gets in the way of my golf game.”
We laugh and compare notes, supporting each other’s issues. There’s a point in life where most people get complacent about health and fitness, accepting the obvious…they’re getting older and aging is a downhill battle. I call this attitude the Misery of Mediocrity.
Stop it! It’s a trap, an excuse and it doesn’t make you happy. The Misery of Mediocrity trap allows you to settle for a lesser version of what you could be. It takes responsibility out of your hands because if your problems are a result of aging, they’re not your fault. Even more importantly, if your problems are the result of aging, there is nothing you can do about it, right?
There are plenty of examples of ultra distance athletes like marathoners and triathletes who compete well into their 70s and 80s, but those people are just weird. Or are they? Maybe they didn’t give in to popular thinking. Maybe they think life is so spectacular that they want to continue fighting to be the best possible versions of themselves. How about you? What’s your life worth?
It’s possible that you look like you look and feel like you feel because of the habits you’ve developed over time. Why not take a time out from your routine, examine those habits, and consider replacing a few with better options. For the last 12 years, my friends and I have taken the month of February to test ourselves. It’s the perfect month because the obligations of the holidays are past us and it’s exactly 28 days…4 weeks. Many experts say it takes somewhere between 21 and 30 days to change a habit. How about it?
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