Thursday, December 06, 2012
I Think I Can
I mentioned previously that there are several folks who have informed me that this goal of achieving health and fitness is unrealistic at my age. I believe that most of them have good intentions. Not like they are telling me that I personally can never do this, just that it's physically impossible to do certain things at a certain age.....like play pro football, become a champion skateboarder, or go dancing and drinking all night. And I agree...those are physical limits that, no matter how much I may WANT to do, I am not able. I couldn't even do them when I was young.
I don't see limits when it comes to fitness though. I can control what and how much I eat. I can control how much or little activity I do every day. Muscle can be gained and defined as long as my body is still functioning. Health is not exclusive to the young.
I'm a firm believer in the idea that we are largely in control of how we feel both mentally and physically. Even though we may not have a lot of control with what happens to us, we have a great deal of control of how we react. I choose how I want to feel. I can be happy, satisfied, sad, or unfulfilled. I choose what I eat. I can eat healthy and nutritious foods or stuff my face with crap. I choose whether to exercise or not. Nobody is forcing me to go to the gym anymore than I am being forced to sit on the couch.
Some people think that I cannot be fit and healthy. I think that I can. Since it's my body, I get to decide who is right.