What is wealth if all you do is sit at home, perhaps watching TV day in and day out?
Oh sure, you might have the nicest leather couch, and the biggest TV on the block, but from a functional and productivity standpoint, you are still watching TV like most of us middle class folks. Unfortunately, without your health, after working for 8+ hours a day, you are tired and prone to sit and watch either false fantasies on TV, or not quite real, reality TV.
I think without decent health, you live a more confined existence, at least compared to your potential. Some of us might have permanent health problem(s) that prevent us from doing what other more health people can do. But that’s not the case with me or the majority of us… my problem is twofold.
- I don’t move enough. Sitting in my cubicle day in and day out, the fat just stick to me like cotton candy collecting on a cotton candy stick at a carnival. I need to get up and get more water, or anything more often as long as I move around more!
- My diet is poorly planned. Instead of taking 15 minutes to preparing food more often at home, I’ll take 10 minutes to drive to a fast food drive thru, then wait in line 5 minutes to get the food, then drive home another 10 minutes, for a total time of 25 minutes. Kind of crazy and lazy huh…
Small Changes I’m Making
I use to rush in late to work, but on the way drive through the “Drive Thru” at McDonalds. Typically these past few months, I would get the two sausage sandwiches and a medium latte. This would run me around $5 a day, and (of course) add to the time that I was already late.
Not anymore, now I buy my breakfast for about $3 in the “on the premise” restaurant that the company provides for employees and visitors. While I don’t get a latte anymore, the coffee is the Starbuck’s brand and overall pretty good.
For weight control, I’m started leaning my diet towards low-carb, but with plenty of veggies (especially broccoli). The low carb combined with not eating after 11:00pm (perhaps someday I’ll wean myself back to 9:00pm like most people) has enabled me to lose about 7 pounds these past few weeks.
Reason to Change
As I watch my kids grow (especially my son, I realize that life (and time) passes by pretty quickly and if you don’t do something with it, you’ll look back someday and realize that you’ve missed out.
Here are some of the things that I’ve missed out on because I wasn’t healthy enough to participate:
- Skiing – My wife and son usually go, but I’m too heavy to ski well so I’ve stayed at home while my wife and friends go hit the slopes.
- Swimming – I’m too heavy, especially from where I came from.
- Jogging – Ten years ago, I envisioned my son and daughter jogging or at least walking more.
I can go on and on… but the point is without your health, you are limiting yourself too much in life. So back to my title, wealth without health is worthless…
Enjoy the summer, I hope to!