Start the year off with a vow to be healthy, not a short-term goal circa Jan. 3-9, 2013; Seminole Chronicle
Every year, losing weight, getting fit or eating right is at the top of New Year's resolution lists. Although some success stories exist, the majority break resolutions months after starting them.
What if for the year 2013 we strive to live a healthier lifestyle instead of obsessing over our weight? If we looked at weight loss in this manner would we be dedicated to a workout routine lasting longer than a month? Yes!
This past year I've written tips and recommendations for a successful diet, which included: preparing meals ahead of time, fitting a short, effective workout into a busy work schedule, how to steer clear of temptations during the holidays and setting realistic goals.
This month, I'm not going to give tips for the year 2013. Instead, I'm going to share with you why living a healthy lifestyle is important to me and my family.
When I was in the 11th grade, my mother passed away at age 48, only nine months after being diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. My father is a cancer survivor of 15 years, my aunt is a breast cancer survivor and I've had other close relatives lose their battles to this awful disease.
As you may have read in my previous articles, I've been physically active for many years. Throughout those years I ran and weight trained because I liked how I felt and looked. However, eight years ago, when I chaired Oviedo's first Relay for Life, American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event, I realized all the exercising I was doing to lose weight and feel great was benefiting me in more ways than I originally conceived.
Throughout my years volunteering for Relay for Life, I've learned I could reduce my risks of getting cancer by; staying active, eating right, and by maintaining a healthy weight. According to the American Cancer Society more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices.
When I asked friends on Facebook why they work out, the majority of them answered in the same manner; wanting to be around a long time for their family and live long enough to see their grandchildren.
In the past, when I would run for miles and miles, some would ask “Why do you run so much?” My response, half joking was, “I’m running away from the big c; Cancer.” There’s no way I’m going to let the big C catch me, but if it does, hopefully I will be strong enough to fight it!
This is when my dedication to sticking with an exercise plan truly began. Those of you who have asked me, “How do you stay so dedicated?” That’s how. Here’s to a healthy New Year!