But what happens next is often typical. Take, for example, the person traveling to appointments throughout the day. This person rushes to meet his clients--sometimes spending more time at these meetings which may mean missing lunch. Or, he gets invited to a late lunch with his business associate where food choices are not the healthiest. Or, dashing between clients, he slips in for a latte and gets tempted by the smell of the freshly baked sugar-coated, glazed doughnuts. As this person travels from morning rush-hour to the time he returns home, he recalls the "good intentions" of his morning breakfast. But because he either ate too little or too much or made the wrong food choices, he chooses the fast-food escape rather than dealing with fixing a healthy meal upon returning home. He feels defeated and gives in to the treats he encounters on the way home at the gas station or at a fast-food restaurant.
It doesn't help that the "little voice" that sits on his shoulder triggers his self-doubt. Negative statements creep up in his mind causing emotional upheaval. The little voice inside his head tells him he is a failure-- he can't stick to eating healthy throughout the day. "Why bother?" asks his blaming voice. "You'll never reach your goal." As he downs his sugar-coated doughnut followed by a diet coke, he lets the little voice dominate his thoughts. The voice reminds him of each time he let himself down. "You can't do anything right," it tells him. And he believes it. It seems true. There is no other way to look at what he is doing to himself. Circumstances, like work, pressure him to move at lightning speed. The only time to relax and vegetate is after work...at home. His critical voice also reminds him that after such a hard day, he deserves this decadent treat--he earned it! "What is life for, the voice begs, if you can't enjoy it? Take pleasure in this moment. There is always tomorrow."
But he continues to eat as if there is no tomorrow. Each day he persists in feeding his body with nutrient poor food choices; and because of this, his life expectancy gets shorter. Each day, his promise to nourish his body with fuel to perform better, play better, and prevent disease falls on deaf ears. Each day, he continues to listen to his inner voice that now controls his destiny. Hoping to find a "cure," a "miracle drug," a "surgery" that will finally eliminate the need to suffer both physically and emotionally, he waits. He eats. He eats like there is no tomorrow; and, soon, there will not be a tomorrow.
How do you want to spend the rest of your day? Living like there is no tomorrow? It is YOUR choice.
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain. “ ~Vivian Greene - Author, Motivational Speaker