You Have a Choice

You have a choice.

You can do this:

1. Plop down after work for an episode of Funniest Home Videos.

2. Spend 20 minutes scrolling listlessly through your Facebook news feed.

3. Microwave a quick frozen dinner.

4. Stress, swerve and curse as you fight for the best parking spot possible.

5. Reach for the 100-calorie snack pack whenever you’re feeling bored.

6. Study your schedule and claim you never have time to work out.

7. Ask for a small cup of soda with your meal (and then sneak in two or three refills).

8. Track everything. Count, weigh, and stress on a daily basis.

9. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime dessert and feel (emotionally) miserable afterwards.

10. Still full from a previous meal, sit down and force yourself to have dinner just in case you get hungry.

Or you can do this:

1. Strap on your Vibrams and take a thirty minute walk through the neighborhood.

2. Close the laptop and go to bed — for once! — early.

3. Scramble up some eggs and veggies in just a few minutes.

4. Park far out and enjoy the extra time to stretch your legs.

5. Stop, breathe, and ask: am I actually hungry?

6. Drop and crank out 20 pushups/squats whenever you get a spare minute or two each hour.

7. Drink water/tea/coffee, embracing a natural flavor with none of the excess calories.

8. Donate your (damn) scale and remember that the number doesn’t mean a (damn) thing.

9. Eat the damn dish. Enjoy it. And remember that one indulgence in a week of healthy meals won’t wreck your health.

10. Don’t eat. Enjoy being leaner the next day.

We like to make a big deal out of things, don’t we?

Health can seem so daunting — a thousand different voices vying for your attention, a thousand different methods on just how to squeeze into your high school jeans. No matter where you fall on the dietary dividing lines, though, one point stays the same: 10 small changes like those above will serve you far better — and far longer – than any earth-shattering revolutions.

Those small tweaks add up. It’s easy to forget that, of course, when we need to make big changes right now, but the process doesn’t have to be difficult. Stop. Breathe. Pick any one of the 10 ideas from the second list above, implement it over a few weeks, and then incorporate another.

That’s all it takes.

You just have to do it. You have to make it happen, and you have to decide that your health — your body, your life — are worth it.

But hey! It’s your choice, right?

Choose wisely.

13 Comments

  1. Ryan Roberts says:

    nice. the helplessness that people personify is crippling

    • Matt Madeiro says:

      I’m inclined to agree. It’s situational, as ever, but I can’t help but feel that people would do much better if they realized what all they could do — and that you can accomplish so much with just a few small changes alone.

  2. Lee says:

    Simple and very practical advice.

  3. Primal Toad says:

    So simple yet practical and ginormous.

  4. Pingback: Link Love 10/14/11 | Cordelia Calls It Quits

  5. Dawn says:

    Thanks for the well timed post!

  6. andrea says:

    I have been enjoying the primal way of eating for over a year now but was still holding on to my obsessive “weighing (kitchen and bathroom), measuring and tracking”…I am on day 15 of the Whole 30 program (getting the dairy out!) and haven’t weighed or measured once! I can’t believe the time I was wasting and the total freedom I am experiencing now without that millstone around my neck! Slowly but SURELY I am getting more into the primal “lifestyle”! Thanks for the post…very timely!

  7. Larisa Simpson says:

    Great post! Thank you :-)

  8. Pingback: Lo zen e l’arte della manutenzione delle ginocchia « minimo.