When you're a child, your life is pretty much 100% up to your parents. They choose your food, your snacks, what you do, what you do to be active - if anything at all. You can't really blame kids for having unhealthy eating habits or not being active, for being overweight or developing health problems. Unfortunately many of this is just up to their parents.
But I personally feel that there are definitely factors that are sometimes beyond the control of even parents; financial issues, availability of healthy food, the community they live in etc.
Still, many times there's a stage in those kids lives, when they grow up, where they start being able to decide what they eat, what they do, who they surround themselves with and if they want a change.
It is definitely not easy for someone who's grown up eating and living a certain way to just change it all on their own. We can't just pick up and move like it's nothing and it's quite scary to think about making a change to every aspect of our lives suddenly. People do better with support, motivation and encouragement.
There are people who have an endless list of excuses.
"I always have soda, I can't go without it."
"All I eat is fried food."
"I'm just not an active person"
"Everyone in my family is overweight. It's genetic."
At the end of the day, when your life is in your control, there's no room for excuses. As long as you can afford to do it (and no, not just financially) you decide what you eat, who is around you, what you do to stay active and healthy. If you wanted it, you would do it.
I had excuses, I told myself it just couldn't be done. But then one day I changed my mind and I did it anyway.
It won't be easy, it won't be fun at the start, but if you do it eventually you'll love it.
As an adult, when you have the option, it's no longer your parents fault for feeding you bad stuff when you were a child because they don't feed you anymore.
It's not your family genetics fault for making you overweight because you can overcome that and you choose how to change your current situation the best way possible.
It's not your friends faults for being bad influences when you get to choose your friends - and as scary as it is, giving up bad friends is actually very satisfying!
It's not a stores fault for selling candy/desserts/soda/fatty foods when you choose what you spend your money on.
I'll admit, even I have certain areas I could improve on but I don't make excuses for myself. I accept the situation and make the best choices possible.
I can't always afford to go to a gym to pay for classes, so I workout at home most times. There are so many equipment free workouts available that work wonders, and water bottles, walls, bags all make good alternatives to equipment as well.
I'm not able to cook all my own meals, so I eat what my mother or grandmother cooks for the family. But when I do make my own meals or eat out, I pick something I love and that I know is good for me.
If my 14 year old cousin (who is overweight) can get up and exercise 5 days a week without anyone telling her to - and sometimes she'll do my workouts as well - so that she makes a positive change, you sure as hell can too!
It's not always as easy as we think it is at the start. But rather than sitting around and making excuses for yourself, making this change and realising you're in charge of your life is the better option.
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