On Sunday, it was 86 degrees outside and I was tired from a busy morning. I wanted to sit, watch football, maybe drink a beer and enjoy the last few minutes of the weekend.
But I wanted to be healthy more. So I put on my shoes and went for a run.
On Monday, when I opened my lunch and saw the healthy food I’d packed, I wanted to chuck it all and go grab some pizza.
But I wanted to be healthy more. So I ate what I’d packed.
On Tuesday, when my alarm went off at 5:30, I wanted to roll over and go back to sleep.
But I wanted to be healthy more. So I went downstairs and worked out.
I’ve been marinating a lot on a quote from Dolvett, one of the trainers on my not-so-secret-passion, “The Biggest Loser.” Last week, he told one of his contestants:
“You have to want it more than I want it for you.”
That so rang true for me, because unless I choose health and fitness over everything else, and unless I want it more than anything else, it won’t happen. Nobody can make the choice for me.
I have always been inspired by my friend Heather’s mantra to “make one decision. now make another.” It’s not easy — and don’t let anyone make you think that it is. It’s hard, soul-testing work, and the busier we are, the harder it can be. Don’t let that be your excuse.