I’m always amazed when people tell me how hard it is to be healthy.

They say, “It takes too much time.” “It costs too much.”

Really? It seems to me that being unhealthy costs a ton of time and money.

  • Lost time from work due to illness
  • Too tired to do anything but sit on the couch
  • Achy joints
  • Depression
  • Doctors’ visits $$$
  • Surgery $$$
  • Hospital stays $$$
  • Prescriptions $$$
  • Over-the-counter pain killers and gastric reflux aids $$$
  • Nutritional supplements $$$

Are those the things you want to spend your time and money on?

I learned years ago that EVERYONE has time and money for the things they value. Wonder what you value? Try this quick exercise.

Think back over the past month

  1. What did you spend most of your time doing?
  2. Where did you spend the majority of your money?
  3. If you had an extra $100 to spend, not to pay bills, where would you spend it?

When you finish with all the “Yeah, buts…” reality will hit you.

Where does my health fit in?

Time to act like cabin pressure has been lost – put on your oxygen mask!

If you’ve ever flown you know the routine, if cabin pressure is lost oxygen masks will fall from the bulkhead. Place a mask over your face BEFORE you worry about those around you. If you’ve passed out from lack of oxygen you’re of no use to anyone else. It’s the same with your health. Letting your health go is NOT helping ANYONE!

Where to begin?

The first step is to DECIDE that your health is more important than anything else. Yes, ANYTHING else. That includes the, “Yeah, but I don’t like vegetables “and “I don’t like to sweat.” Are you really that attached to your vision of yourself as a vegetable hater? A quick shower washes away sweat.

Change the story, change your life. All of those beliefs you have about yourself come from years of telling yourself the same thing over and over. You’re the only one who can tell you who you are. You decide that you ARE a vegetable eater. You decide that you ARE strong. You decide that you ARE healthy. You decide that you LOVE yourself and you act like it!

Today, write the new script and begin living the new you.

Pick three new stories about yourself. Write a sentence that begins “I AM…” and complete the narrative. Three to five sentences will do. Create an artistic print of your script. Make the font and color fit you. Then tack it to your bathroom mirror. Take a photo of it and make it your new screen saver. Print a small copy and put it on the steering wheel of your car. Read it, out loud, every time you get into the car, BEFORE you turn on the ignition. Make this new script your mantra. Repeat your mantra any time you’re doing something repetitive or otherwise mindless like walking up and down steps, washing dishes, and sitting at a traffic light.

Each time you repeat your new script, SMILE. Think about how nice it is to be strong, flexible, happy, healthy, active…whatever YOUR new healthy script says you are.

Repeat after me, “I am healthy.”