When I was a kid, my adult teeth would grow in before my baby teeth would fall out. I had to go to the dentist to get my baby teeth pulled to allow room for the new ones to come in. On top of that, I had to have braces for four and a half years. As you might suspect, I hate the dentist.
After getting my braces off my Junior year in high school, my teeth looked pretty good…I had never had any cavities. So as an adult, I stopped going to the dentist. Earlier this Spring, one of my molars started hurting. It had been six years since I had been to the dentist. Turns out, I chipped part of it off due to decay. I went to the dentist to have it checked out, and I had several other cavities that I have to get fillings for as well. This work is costing me a pretty penny compared to a dental check up every six months to a year. If I would have just gone to the dentist every six months, I wouldn’t had to deal with this cost or this pain.
This silly story reminds me of a simple principle…INVEST NOW or PAY LATER.
When you examine your life, this is true in ANY area of life.
Parenting. Finances. Work. Spirituality. Marriage. Health…especially health.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I found myself one hundred pounds overweight at the end of 2013. So I decided I needed a life-change. It didn’t happen overnight, but I decided to invest in my health NOW…day by day. Now on my third year of my weight loss journey, I have lost 114 lbs total and am doing the keto diet. (More on that HERE).
If you aren’t investing in your health TODAY, you will have ramifications to pay LATER. High blood pressure. Heart disease. Diabetes. Early death due to health…all these and more are NOT worth the ice cream, cupcakes, or soda pop. They are JUST food. For me, food used to be life. I would live to eat food. It hasn’t come easily, but food no longer has a stronghold on my life. Instead of living to eat, I eat to live.
One of the number one excuses why people don’t exercise is time. “I just don’t have the time.” However, when I began to examine my schedule, I saw it wasn’t a matter of extra time, so much as it was a matter of priorities. I promise you I don’t miss the extra 30 minutes of TV each night I sacrifice for exercise. If health is a priority, you will find the time to exercise.
In addition to exercise, I am investing in healthier food. This even changes the way I shop at the grocery store. How do you know what you should or shouldn’t eat? Think about your local Walmart grocery section. You should choose food from the perimeter of the store, rather than food on the shelves that is in packages. The problem is the food on the perimeter often costs a little more than the pre-packaged junk. However, I’ve found that when I eat clean I am also eating out less. The money spent on food usually balances out. Buying food is an INVESTMENT into your future health. The types of food you eat matters to your health.
If you are unhealthy, and needing a life-change, I want to encourage you…DO IT! Do it for yourself. Do it for your spouse. Do it for your family.
Today is Monday, have you decided to make a health change yet? Why wait? Today is a great day to start. Take one day at a time.