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Make a Choice. Make a Difference

Posted by eric on November 29, 2011

Every day we're faced with choices - but in my humble opinion, none are more important than the ones we make about our health and the health of our families.

Just over a year ago, my wife made what I think was probably the most significant decision of our lives. I'd say "her life", but, really, especially after 15 years of marriage, this was an "us" thing. What was that decision?

She quit her job.

This wasn't significant for the reason you may be thinking - sure, she left a high-paying management position during tenuous economic times - but the significance wasn't financial.

She left to go back to school to become a personal trainer. She'd always been a fitness fan - runner, triathlete, etc. - but not in a formalized fashion. Being a personal trainer, she thought, would help her to help others find a love for something she was passionate about - fitness. However, in the process of becoming a personal trainer (shameless plug), she also got visibility into what, for us, was something of a new world of nutrition.

Sure, we'd always tried to "eat right", but the details she's been learning both in school and after graduation have been eye-opening. Not just the need to eat good foods, but also the real negative impacts of everything from processed foods to vitamins. 

Vitamins? Yes. In fact, there have been numerous studies that show either no benefit, or negative results from using vitamin supplements. It seems that simply by stripping known necessary vitamins and minerals from whole foods doesn't really give the body what you need. You need the whole foods themselves.

So what has all this got to do with the theme of my post? Don't be afraid to make a tough decision if it's the right decision. In our case, it was a difficult financial move, but in all honesty I believe that the lessons she's learned will help us to improve our lives and reduce the chances that our children will have health issues as they get older.

Other times, it might be a simple decision to work out when you might rather sit and watch TV. Or it could be a decision to change someone else's life by encouraging them to join you on your morning walks.

In any case, when we have an opportunity to make a positive difference we need to take it. They're all around us - we just need to have the courage to make them and the belief that the right choices will help us all to live better lives.

Stay fit everyone.

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