I have been contemplating writing this article for a little while now and I should mention that the title of the article is in no way an insult to anyone. It pertains to myself, and no offense should be taken by anyone else.
So here goes…
Confession #1: I. am. Fat. …and yes, I prep. Shocked aren’t you? <insert sarcasm here>
I never really gave this much thought, it’s just me and who I am. That is, until I recently read a post on one preppers FB page that was talking…negatively about “fat” preppers. My first response was, well that person is an absolute…idiot for being hurtful to others. But of course in their own little way, they were right. I admit defeat. I prepare for the future, but realistically I have not focused enough on my own physical preparedness. Sure I grow my own organic foods, but that is obviously not enough.
Confession #2: I am Horrible at Time Management (no seriously, horrible at it!)
Though I am not a couch potato, I do not make the effort to purposely workout. I could make a zillion excuses right here including that I run 10-12 errands a day, take care of my family, home, blog, radio show, my schoolwork, and recently took on a part time job throughout the day. But come on, I could take 30 minutes out of the day to purposely do some kind of exercise. How will I ever run from those pesky zombies?
Confession #3: I. am. a…Pop Junkie. (Love those 23 flavors!)
I drink entirely too much soda, lately at minimum 44oz. a day, hence…the weight. (I blame a combination of my lack of will power and .75 refills..lol) This will be the first thing I address as I go into my own personal “National Preparedness Month Challenge”.
Confession #4: Worse than anything else, I. am. a. Smoker. (Ugh I Know, I Know)
I picked up this horrible habit 8-9 years ago during an extremely hard time in my life and essentially haven’t been able to put it down. I have had a couple failed attempts at quitting, with my longest period only being only about 2-3 weeks. Did I mention I’m allergic to cigarette smoke..yeah I’m a genius! <insert a boatload of sarcasm here>
Confession #5: I. am. not..Alone, and Neither are YOU!
The current rate of obesity in the United States alone is 27.7%. If there are now nearly 4 million preppers in the U.S., that means statistically there is a good chance that 1,108,000 million of them may be overweight or obese. Although in the picture above I attempt to use humor (Phat vs. Fat), I do realize that continuing to ignore my physical health is the biggest preparedness mistake that I am making. I also know that there is no magic pill or overnight “fix”.
So I have decided to make more of a commitment to address this, and I chose to do it publically for personal accountability. If I am struggling with this, I know there must be others who are too.
My concern is that when the shtf I must be physically be able to run, hike, climb, or just walk long distances as needed, and currently I’m not sure that I would not be up to that challenge. Okay, perhaps I wouldn’t necessarily be running from…zombies or what have you, but I still must have the endurance to do everyday tasks manually… and so do you.
Would it be reasonable and more importantly honest for me to say that for National Preparedness Month I’m throwing all of these bad habits completely out the window and starting a whole new me? Umm, Negatory. However, I am willing to begin using this month to start taking the steps towards a healthier me and I invite those of you that are struggling with any or all of these issues to join me.
The Steps I’m Taking, and Invite You too Also:
- Stop the Pop, Drink More Water, Starting Now.
- Get Moving, Purposely Exercise 30 Minutes a Day. Add-on 30 Minutes a Day, Each Week as You are Able. (see example)
Week 1- 3o minutes daily.
Week 2- 1 hour daily.
Week 3 – 1.5 hours daily.
Week 4 - 2 hours daily.
- Wing off the smokes. This gives me (and you) a reasonable time to do this. If you are strong willed, you may be able to just stop and that is remarkable!
- Eat Regularly. (as opposed to my current one or two meals a day)
- Control Sugar Intake. (pretty much a no-brainer)
- Track Your Progress. I believe seeing the results will be motivating!