The Spark Chapter 1
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I'll start with a little about myself. I am at my ideal weight, and I exercise regularly. However, last year I had my first annual physical (I had just turned 40). My cholesterol numbers were not that good. It is elevated and and my LDL cholesterol level was high. The doctor told me to get my cholesterol down with diet. I can't say that I have ever been known to eat healthy. I generally dislike foods that are good for you and love foods that are bad for you. Anyway, I tried to eat better but gave up. I went to the doctor last week and my cholesterol levels have continued to rise as well as my blood glucose. If my glucose levels progress like this I will be a diabetic. Diabetes runs on both sides of my family. That was a wake up call for me, so here I am.
I originally had no intention of writing this or of writing anything for that manner. I thought I would just follow the plan to clean up my diet and lurk on the message boards for my motivation. Well, I read chapter 1 today and was inspired. In many ways, Chris Downie wrote my story when he told about being shy and, in general, to try not to stand out too much. I have always been comfortable in the shadows, to be nonsocial, and to not join in any group discussions when I went to meetings, Sunday School class, etc. I always felt that I was the only one who was like that. I am inspired that Chris was able to break free from his shyness and achieve something great. It demonstrates that there is hope for me. I am so incredibly shy. I have allowed it to handicap me, because I believe that I can't achieve anything as big as what he has achieved. The reason for that is that I can't seem to step outside of my comfort zone and meet the public. A little self-esteem and self-confidence would help as well.
Today, I set two goals for myself for next week. One for improving my diet and one for me personally. So, I am determined that not only will I improve my overall health but that I will improve my outlook on life.
Thank you, Chris!