The news has been of little value to me for the past three months. I gave it up cold turkey a while ago. Call me naive, misinformed, uneducated, ignorant or what you may but my life has been much more peaceful without being inundated with horrific stories everyday and little of the positive brought to light. If there are any major events going on I hear about it through Twitter or family and even then is my life changed by knowing who the Dark Knight killer was? No.
We are a society that thrives off of people's problems, mishaps and bad choices. Look at any of the trending videos on YouTube and my point will be validated. Since I have been in the hospital for a few days and the newspaper is free and I have a lot of time on my hands I started to read the paper. Once again my intuition has lead me down the right path.
As I skim the pages of the newspaper one article in particular caught my eye: Reebok Settles Class-Action Over Toning Claims
Then my jaw hit the ground.
Where to begin with this? When is it ever YOUR fault, your responsibility or your choice anymore?
Placing your trust in a pair of shoes or gear that will make your butt and thighs more toned is ridiculous. Yes, walking on wobbly shoes (another article entirely) will activate the usage of your gluteus maximus more than flat nonreactive shoes but the fact is when you can't see muscle (aka toning) it is covered with one substance: body fat. When your abdominals aren't a six pack don't panic they are there otherwise you wouldn't walk upright. Guess what is covering those as well; body fat.
Another ground breaking story is body fat is accumulated by moving too little and eating too much or by eating food that serves no purpose in your body. Even when you are clinging to your 100 calorie pieces of bread, the nutritional value and content of them is so little that you are not nourishing your body you are slowly starving it with malnutrition. Yes, malnutrition. Most adults nowadays are not getting enough nutrients in their diet. We have become food-a-phobes, scared to eat this or carbs or protein or fat or water or coffee or beer or wine or air. The fact is we have stopped living and fueling our bodies for life.
We can continue to sue McDonald's, cigarette companies, Reebok or whatever latest greatest promise of quick fixes, soothers and convenience there is at the moment but the fact is YOU choose to put it in your mouth, to sweat, to sleep, to drink or to live a life of your making. Even on a limited budget you can help yourself out by buying frozen produce, bulk items or making your own food. Oatmeal will always be cheaper than Lucky Charms.
Is it easy? NO. It is hard living as an overweight person and it is hard to maintain a healthy weight. Choose your HARD!
I have watched over the past eight months my mother struggle to live and honestly she could take home six blue hospital gowns for a wardrobe and be happy to be alive! Perhaps my point of view has become slightly skewed but I really struggle with where our culture has taken us...more over where we have allowed ourselves to be lead. Stand up for yourself. Stand up to garbage products. Stand up for your dignity. Stand up for your children's future. Stand up by researching and questioning anything that promises to be THE ONE! There is not one product, workout, food or drink that has THE answer to your life. I enjoy taking small bits and pieces of information from each product and creating my own opinion.
This article is my own opinion. I see so much more in human nature than we allow ourselves to be. I wish you could see the greatness deep inside yourself and that all the external products and promises in the world will never fill that empty void of space your trying to fill. Become your best. Step into your greatness and once you make the first baby steps the leaps and bounds will follow.
Choose a life that fulfills you, leaves memories upon your soul and for those around you to embrace and live with you. Usually those last five pounds your struggling with or fifty starts to melt off when you feel a belief in your heart that you can do anything you put your mind to. The secret is to not be sold a product. But be sold you to you. You are the answer to your questions and problems.
When you choose a goal, dream or life of your own the sky is the limit...
I Live Life Now,