I really hated school.
In my first year of kindergarten I remember making a mad dash for freedom as the school bus approached to pick me up for the day and fortunately or unfortunately my dad was able to track me down and get me on safely on the bus (those kindergarten half-days were intense 😀 .)
My senior year I missed well over twenty days and I’m not sure if I was ever sick once.
Needless to say I was extremely happy to finally graduate from high school. I had a job delivering pizzas at a local pizza shop and my work shifts would often begin in the afternoon and end late at night. Looking back I really enjoyed not having to wake up early in the morning for school and very rapidly settled in to my new “night owl” schedule.
With my work day beginning late and ending late it was a 180* shift from my school days. After work was typically my downtime. I would watch movies or play video games, while enjoying some fast food, usually a cheeseburger and a bag of chips, along with a few soft drinks.
My late nights became later and my days began to start late too. I would often wake up well past noon, get something to eat and usually it was just about time to get ready for work. Each day started to blend into the next and I was in a rut of bad food choices, extremely late nights and late starts to each day (with often poor sleep.)
Other than always making it to work, I was very unproductive. I had gained around twenty-five pounds and had developed some very bad habits.
Looking back, the amazing thing is these bad habits developed very rapidly.
I think sometimes when we are on a bad path the first reaction is denial.
I know what I saw in the mirror, but just figured I would start working out soon and all would be well.
I knew that sleeping until 1 p.m. was probably unwise for someone that had goals and aspirations, but I figured I would get it together when I got a little older and the freedom of being out of school wore off.
While my peers were shipping off to universities and trades, I was still delivering pizzas and continued to for quite some time. I was lulled into a comfortable lifestyle.
Habits, whether positive or negative are developed with routines.
What doesn’t seem like much and actually isn’t much, through time can become a monster in either a good or a bad way.
Something we all should focus on is our personal health and fitness habits.
Without regular purposeful intention, we lose what in my opinion is one of the most if not the most important areas of life.
If you don’t have your health, you truly don’t have anything.
Plus, with great health every other area of life becomes so much more enjoyable.
Health is energy and energy is health.
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