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Friday, July 25, 2008

It's What's on the Inside that Counts!...Right!?????

Dealing with my own obesity most of my life, I was always annoyed that people were so hung up about what's on the outside. Everyone says that it's what's on the inside that counts. Yet very few people practice this universal sentiment (including myself as I have discovered). I now realize that it was one way to continue in denial about my problems. I guess I felt indignant that others would not ignore my problems because I didn't want to feel guilty about ignoring them. As an adult, most people don't say anything to your face. This makes it all the easier ignore my problems.

What's on the inside does count. Now, I realize this truth in more than one way. Fat is on the inside. While on the outside, we may see the results of excess fat. That fat itself is on the inside, marbled in our muscles, crowding and constricting our organs, and of course spilling over our frames for all to notice.

The person on the inside counts. We want that person to stay healthy for as long as God has given that person to walk on this earth. That is why we must not ignore the fat on the inside. That fat leads to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and a whole host of other problems. IOW, that fats leads to tragedy for the person on the inside.

If what's on the inside counts, and I think it does, then we must count everything on the inside.

Living Fit Is My #1 Job!

5 comments:

sheri said...

And to refer to a post you made a few months back: the choice you are making to live a balanced life that is pursuing optimal health for you and your wife and children is also character building. You are a much more effective tool for whatever the Lord has for you now. Not only because you can move around so easily and cover lots of distance on your marathon feet, but also because of the virtues your are developing every day. I am so inspired by your daily commitment to put living healthy as a priority despite family and job stress, and general weariness. Just like with all the right choices we make -- making the right choice not only is good in the moment but it is tempering our minds and hearts to be more virtuous in essence. As Aristotle says, habituation.

angelfish24 said...

Well said....I need to keep this in mind that I need to get rid of some fat for my health. I get sidelined all to easily due to stress and physical exhaustion from the job but I must do the exercise and eat right. You are an inpiration, that's for sure.

cmae said...

Beautifully said.

Half Man said...

Thank you for the kind comments.

nicole said...

I like that perspective - we should all count the inside. Best wishes with your weight loss!