Every decision you make comes with a consequence. We know this; yet, we often take it for granted.
When you make the decision to eat better and introduce regular activity into your life, you will feel definite discomfort. Asking for a salad instead of your usual double bacon cheeseburger is uncomfortable and you may feel “cheated.” This is especially painful when a friend across from you is indulging in what you passed up. Even after you eat your salad and realize it is delicious and you are full, there is a degree of disappointment.
When you make the decision to exercise by taking a brisk walk, you eventually begin to feel out of breath and notice your feet and knees are complaining. It’s uncomfortable. You finish your walk and you’re sweating and feel aches you haven’t felt in the past. During your shower, you feel better but suspect you may have shin splints.
But guess what? If you decide to do nothing, you will have uncomfortable symptoms as well. I know this sounds crazy, but stay with me.
Say you’re the grand champion of internet surfing while you eat your favorite meal in the comfort of your truck or favorite restaurant. There is no pain or discomfort of any type, correct? You’re doing what you like, your belly is full, and you’re happily laughing at video compilations while you relax. One could even say this is the anti-discomfort activity of the year.
This is a trap of massive proportions. The discomfort of not doing anything will be huge. This type of discomfort employs ninja-like skills as it creeps up on you slowly and quietly, making this a more vicious type of discomfort. You simply won’t see it coming. One day you have a persistent ache that wasn’t there, and the next thing you know you cannot walk from your truck to the restaurant without being out of breath. One morning, you look at yourself in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at you.
The freedom to choose is yours. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable while you make healthier food choices and engage in an exercising routine comes with a big payoff. Being uncomfortable with health issues brought on by a lifetime of poor food choices and inactivity…well, you know.
As for me, I’m off to the gym to feel that discomfort for a little while.
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