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What Is The Best Thing I Can Do For My Body?

The answer to that question is, I don’t know, and it’s an answer I can’t answer now. The only thing that I can say is that it is good to be good at food, to feel a sense of pride when you make a dish or cook, to be able to make a food dish your own and know how well or well you can make it. It’s also valuable to know that there are no wrong foods in this world–not even foods that taste good. I have come to believe that “good food” is everything.

I believe that a healthy body is a happy body. If you do something for your body you improve your quality of life, you get more pride, you take a healthier self-image. You can’t really explain what your body is doing when it’s feeling good, but I know that it’s working for me.

I’ve also learned that when you put the emphasis on diet, health and weight loss, you have to change a lot of things. You have to look more inward. You have to know your own body. You have to recognize when something is broken, when you just need some help, or when you need to call ahead to find someone who has knowledge. A healthy body takes a long time.

Your friends help you get into shape, but you still have to do it on your own. I have found that when you have a diet, food plan, and exercise plan in place, you can make good progress on both–and you feel better than you ever thought possible about your body.

I have also learned that even if you are not going to be a professional runner, you can still exercise in good shape and gain significant strength, lean, and muscularly, and you’ll find you have a lot more self-esteem when you’re not in shape. It’s great self esteem to be able to say, “I have strength, I have shape, and I have a body that I can be proud of, even when my body is not perfect.”

It also takes a lot of time. In order to take the body you have now and to have one you can be proud of with a lot of energy and joy, it often requires about 7 – 9 months of diet, exercise, and strength training. You can be proud of your body in about a year with those efforts, and you can have confidence that you’ll look great in about 2 years. It’s a lot of change, and my friend Janae was one of our most active volunteers, but she was a big change for the diet-work-work-recovery cycle we talked about earlier. As Janae has said, “I feel like I have gotten out of the recovery program. I am much more healthy and I know my body is working.”

I hope you will join us as we help ourselves take the first step on the road out of the depression we are experiencing in our lives. I want us to start with some simple things that work for us now. Start with the one thing you know works: Diet.

It helps us all.

I will be joining in with my community in the next four days for another group meeting. I am so grateful that so many in this group have been so willing to share their experiences and ideas. I am looking forward to having some time together and taking action, because we are all in a new place now. We are moving from the old, tired and destructive patterns of thought to new vibrant growth, new creative energy, and new possibilities. I believe we can do this together.