I think about this A LOT. Most of the things we are supposed to do in order to live a healthy life we don’t want to do (initially).
When we were growing up our parents forced us to do things and we got mad but where did that get us? Nowhere.
Then you grow up and realize as adults you are going to have to force yourself to do things. We have to go to work. We have to make money. We have to sleep. Why not add in there that we have to eat fruits, veggies, etc. We have to drink water. We have to move our bodies. The way I live now is because at one point I forced myself to do those things which then became habits. When we have kids we are taught not to force them to eat things rather to let them decide which I understand. But when they are older who is going to force them? No one but themselves, I say. That is a hard thing to undo when you are older.
I force Max to eat certain things. He has to learn not to be lazy and not to be picky. He is happy, healthy and hopefully learning that in life you are forced to do certain things and that those things pay off. You have to do them just like you HAVE to go pee pee in the potty or you have to sleep in your bed. 🙂
I know that this is not the “right” way but I feel based on my history as an overweight/under active child who didn’t eat her fruits and veggies and did not move her body regularly it is worth a shot.
Shouldn’t we just force ourselves, isn’t that how we form new habits anyway? By forcing them?
I am 17 days off of coffee and the only way that happened is because I forced myself everyday not to do something that had become a habit. Force is not a negative word to me. It means change to me, it means doing the right thing, what is needed not wanted.
We need water, we need fruits, veggies, protein, carbs, good fats and exercise. So lets force it….because that is what is best for our bodies. “Force” in the gentlest of terms of course when referring to kids/teenagers along with education and understanding of why we need these foods and movement. As adults we have to FORCE ourselves to do the right thing. If we don’t then we dig a hole that is really hard to get out of.
What do you guys think??
This is simply my opinion and I don’t expect you to agree 🙂
What have you had to force yourself to do?? Quit something? Start something?