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When being selfish is selfless…


The need to take care of ourselves has been put on a shelf in a closet next to everything that one day we promise ourself we would do. We all have things going on in our lives that keep us busy and people in our lives that rely on us as partners, parents, and friends. This can make obtaining personal health seem like its almost impossible to achieve with the already huge load of responsibility we carry. It’s much more convenient to pickup dinner then to cook a meal and have to clean up afterwords. We work all day and then come home to the craziness of homework and school projects that were forgotten about until the night before, it wears us down. We put the weight of the world on our shoulders for our family and make sure they are taken care of and neglect ourselves in the name of selflessness. Then the unthinkable happens and we have a major medical issue that puts us down for a bit or worst kills us, this may seem extreme but it happens everyday 600k Americans die every year from heart attacks. This isn’t a fat vs skinny issue it’s a health and taking care of ourselves so we can be there for our loved ones. But where do we find the time in our packed schedules? The best way to find time is to literally write out your whole day, make a log of what you do for 2 or 3 days. Track the amount of time spent on each thing you do and you will be surprised how much time be doing something with a more positive effect. From watching tv to checking social media to sitting in traffic. There doesn’t have to be a go for broke change of the life like the Biz Stone piece I posted earlier little steps lead to big changes. Little things like contracting your abs at stop lights to work on your core to getting up during commercials and walking around your living room until the program returns, it may sound stupid but it’s something you wouldn’t of done before. Then comes the food we put in our bodies and more then likely provide for our families, diet is the reason so many are dying. Again make the small steps instead of thinking about what we need to stop eating what if the focus was on adding things. Having a sliced cucumber or a salad with the standard American diet meals we eat, it’s the start of being mindful of how we fuel ourselves, Building a solid foundation is key to success with anything we do in life, its not realistic to go to bed out of shape and wake up the next morning and run a marathon. This isn’t a quick fix weight loss gimmick this is first steps down the path of health. Our health and our energy levels go hand and hand and hand we are designed to thrive when we are at our healthiest.

There is a reason we are told to put our oxygen masks on first….



37 thoughts on “When being selfish is selfless…

  1. Ah pretty thought provoking friend. Thanks for sharing. We gotta keep working hard for our success!

  2. How can you tackle life when you can’t make it up the stairs? Little steps.
    Good post.

  3. Truer words have never been spoken! 🙂

  4. Excellent advice for all. Small steps!

  5. I loved the part about getting up and walking around during commercial breaks. I am going to start doing this! I’m one of those people who try to do too much so this was a great reminder for me! Appreciate you!!!

  6. It’s true that we have to look after ourselves to an extent at least to be able to look after others.

  7. Great analogy at the end. Invest in ourselves today to ensure tomorrow. Love it!

  8. I like this. As someone, myself, wanting to get in better health all around, not just for me, but for my husband and family, this hits home.

  9. “Put your oxygen mask one first before assisting children or adults acting like children.”

  10. Absolutely! We spend far too much time in front of the boob tube. That is time that could easily be spent on my beneficial activities!

  11. It’s so true, I know I became really conscious of what I was putting into my body after I noticed my son was doing the same as me which wasn’t always great!

    I know as a parent it’s hard to put ourselves first but if we remember by doing so we are being better examples of how to living a healthy life.

    • It’s funny how as parents we put a huge emphasis on things we say in front of our kids because we would be mortified if they drop a bad word at school. But we can gorge ourselves at holidays or most meals for that matter it seems these days and we don’t bat an eye. Thanks for the comment!!

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  13. Awecome post and makes me think about how my life is goning on and beyond in the future. Having a healthy life style not only our own responsibility but also for our love ones.

  14. Love this post. It’s so easy to forget that fitness is a series of small steps, not one big step, and that we can do little things every day to increase our vitality. Life is so distracting, but we can’t live it to the fullest unless we’re intentional about our health. Thank you for your honesty!

  15. That was a great post! Really puts things in perspective. Thanks for that 🙂

  16. Reblogged this on Hungry Healthy Happy Heart and commented:
    Sometimes it’s really key to focus on more than just the food we put in our bodies- our health relies on so much more than that. This post really says everything that needs to be said when it comes to long term solutions: it’s the small steps that make the difference!

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