Changes are Mandatory

The first day of my fiftieth year started out at the doctor’s office hearing test results. I heard what many of you have heard or will hear. Change your diet, get more exercise, cut down on the wine and rest. I was told in no uncertain terms that change is mandatory. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I have spent many years in denial and those years have destroyed my body.

No elephants were harmed in the writing of this article.

I had heard it all before, but this time it was different. This time the consequences could be a catastrophic failure of body parts if I do not make the changes now.

Today I decided I can be resentfully depressed or I can work towards making myself better. I can either take what I have and improve it or I can let it kill me.

The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to me.

Today I believe I will take a step. One step, one change, one decision, one bite…How do you eat an elephant? Personally, I would never eat an elephant, unless it is a chocolate elephant or an elephant size cheesecake. Yeah, this may take awhile.

~Lori O’Gara

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