Youthful Memories are the Enemy!!!

Youthful Memories are the Enemy!!!

Youthful memories bring back our nostalgic pasts.  Remember filling up the station wagon and driving across states to visit our grandparents?  Think back to how delicious the iced watermelons tasted in back yards on picnic tables during summers past?  Recall swinging on ropes and dropping into the local swimming hole back in the day?  Those are sweet, youthful memories which all of us should cherish.

For too many Americans, they get jobs, work long hours, suffer stresses, come home, eat and drink to salve their souls, deal with the kids, pay bills, take out the trash, and plop down onto their sofas in front of their high definition televisions to watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  After years of this, they wake up one morning and look in the mirror after showering to discover that they can’t wiggle into that outfit they’d planned to wear.  Then the holidays roll around, and they give themselves license to eat and drink with no limits because that’s the American way.  When January 1st arrives, everybody has the greatest intentions to hit the gym, train for a 10K run, and/or aggressively attack the latest and greatest diet.  True, right?

Why do so many adults’ fitness resolutions fail? They suffer from their youthful memories.

Most older adults remember playing outdoors all day long and never tiring when they were children.  They recall how they used to train hard or play sports with the best of them.  They flashback to how they had once been able to drink like a fish and then go play basketball or tennis all afternoon.

The problem is that our bodies change as we age.  We become less flexible.  We require more recovery time for doing seemingly less exercise.  Our muscles atrophy.  Our cardiovascular systems diminish, and we put on tons of fat.  Still, people join expensive gyms and work out with the same intensity like when they were still playing for their high school ball teams.

When I was about to commence my new workout program and lifestyle change, I spoke with a fellow West Point grad, Monroe H.  Monroe had lost over one hundred pounds, and he had run a marathon.  I asked him how he got started, and he simply replied, “I ran around the block.”

I suggest to all adults who’re embarking on their own weight loss and lifestyle changes to just fuggedabout it!  Forget that you were once the star cheerleader.  Flush from your memory banks that you were once a stud muffin athlete who pranced around campus in your letterman’s jacket.  Learn to just run around the block, and do it consistently.

Consistency, not intensity!  That should be your mantra to weight loss.

God bless you!  Now get moving!



6 thoughts on “Youthful Memories are the Enemy!!!

  1. This is a very nicely written, inspirational and deep post, Chip. My compliments. I feel YOU in your writing and really appreciate it. Of COURSE I’m following, (and tweeting) this!

  2. Amen! Any journey, no matter how long, “begins with one step.” The trick is to keep on steppin’. Keep steppin’ Brother Chip.

  3. Chip, you are a wise man. I appreciate you sharing your “journey” with us. Although I am still a slug, I am counting my steps!

  4. Chip,Thank you for your brutal honesty. Sheesh! lol. Because we were so cute and adorable back then…but that was then, and this is now. Thank you for sharing your journey, and the real stuff. I saw a quote yesterday: “You only need enough courage to take one step”, and I shared it on my FB page, and said that a new friend just said the same thing. That is you. Thank you for reminding me…it starts with that first step. Good Luck Mr. Armstrong!

  5. Interesting…I was never an athlete until I turned 40, so I didn’t have the body of “yesteryear” to get back to, didn’t have miles and miles that I used to be able to run, and didn’t have memories of when I men flocked to me because my body was bangin’. So when I began to exercise, my weight loss goal was only 2 pounds. I wanted to feel success and that was a goal I knew I could make. And from there I just kept setting 2 or 3 pound goals. Who knew it could be so simple?! Small, doable goals led to 40 pounds, many triathlons, and several marathons. I get to live in my “now” because yesterday was pretty crappy compared to today. Thanks for sharing your insight!

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