Shake it up!

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

According to Google, that quote is attributed to motivational speaker Anthony Robbins, and I’ll assume that’s true. I don’t think he was referring to health and fitness when he said it, but it certainly applies.

If you’re not happy with how you currently look, or how you currently feel, then why would you even consider continuing to walk the same path you’re on? No fairy godmother is going to wave a wand over you and turn you into the very picture of health and vitality. No, you have to do that for yourself.

OK, by bizarre coincidence, the other quote I had in mind is also thanks to Mr. Robbins (I swear, I was only vaguely aware of who he was, and am not endorsing his books/products. They might be really awesome, but I haven’t checked them out so I can’t attest to it.) Anyway, here it is:

“You have the body you deserve.”

In other words, someone who doesn’t exercise, sits in front of the TV for hours a day, and eats a goodly share of fast food and other junk food does not deserve a trim, fit, healthy body because they don’t need one in order to live their current lifestyle. They need a soft, flabby body that tires easily when forced to do any reasonable activity. They have the body they deserve.

Someone who feeds their body non-excessive portions of nutritious foods, gets lots of general activity plus a decent dose of “formal” exercise is going to need a body with good muscle tone, stamina and flexibility, and most likely a “normal” body weight, so that’s what they’re going to get. They’ll get the body they deserve.

So if you aren’t happy with your body right now, change what you’ve been doing and earn the body you want. Then you’ll deserve it. And you can stop waiting for the fairy godmother to come calling, because she’s busy exercising and eating lots of fruits and veggies so she has the stamina to fly around and wave that wand.

It’s almost summer. A bounty of fresh produce is in the offering, and will be for months. The days are long, the sun is shining (even here in Seattle…occasionally)…what better time to launch a healthier new life?