When a Near Death Experience Isn't Enough


Posted by Karen O'Donnell

Jul 13, 2011

Recently, in the course of attempting to motivate a few of my clients to be more committed to achieving their fitness goals, I was reminded of a very close relative. Due to a bout of bronchitis she had to have a chest x-ray. The x-ray revealed a cancerous spot on her lung (she’s a smoker). It was in the early stages so the chemotherapy treatment (I’m not sure if she had radiation) successfully treated her cancer. You would think that she would consider herself extremely fortunate and make a lifestyle change! Unbelievable to me, she did not and is still smoking at least a pack a day. If a life threatening illness isn't enough then what is?

So what if you're not a smoker? Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in this country....but are you aware that the number two cause is obesity? Our sedentary lifestyles have led us to the point where obesity has become an alarming epidemic with over 60% of the population considered overweight and more than 30% considered obese and as these numbers continue to rise even our children are at risk. If you are or are becoming part of this group what will it take for you to stop making excuses and start taking action? Your body is the vehicle that takes you through life and unlike an automobile you cannot replace it so start taking care of it! Treat it with the respect that it deserves. Nourish it on the INSIDE and the outside will reap the rewards! If you've been successful in making a change please share your story. It just might make a difference in changing someone else's life!

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