By Jim A. Luff
Oh, I know that the two words clearly don't belong together. Unless of course you were thinking of healthy limousines and who doesn't love a healthy limousine? I am talking about my health and your health.
Most of the rest of the world lives in a nice tidy way. They go to work Monday through Friday. They have to be there by 8:00 in the morning and they live for 5:00 in the evening at which time all drama is put on hold until the next business day begins. For us, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish one day from another. Our business is 24/7 and drama can happen on any day of the week at any time of the day. A fantastic golf day can come to a screeching halt over a myriad of issues. Can't find a chauffeur to do a run, a major client is upset, a very large order has come in requiring immediate attention, a car won't start or had a blow out. You know all the drama I am talking about, don't you?
Instead of having a job, we have a lifestyle. One that is full of interruptions and the need for attention and decision making falling squarely on our backs. It dawned on me recently that I take better care of our fleet than I do myself. I get oil changes when I am supposed to but not teeth cleanings or vision checks once a year. I rotate the tires when I am supposed to but don't really get an annual physical for myself. I replace the fuel as we use it but don't always fill myself up with food when I am supposed to because I am too busy to waste precious time eating. Then, we go home, chow down a late night dinner and go to bed. These are horrible things to do to your body.
So, as 2008 rolled around, I decided I needed to service my body better. I decided to take regular breaks and get up from my desk and go for a walk. More importantly, I joined a gym and began regular attendance at 5:30 every workday. I know that it sounds grueling and horrible. I think it is really what you make of it. I think if you view it that way, it probably will be that way. I tried to look at it in a positive manner. I am going to be healthy.
I must say that getting out of bed at 5:15 in the morning is not particularly enjoyable for me. But, seeing hot women working out is pleasurable. I am not implying that I am a pervert or that I am leering at these women but like I said, it is all about what you make of it. I prefer to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings to make it more enjoyable. I bought an iPod which took me forever to figure out how to use. Once that was done I created my own little playlist of workout songs and I actually use the songs as part of my morning workout. When the song is fast, I increase the treadmill speed or the speed of my stationary bike. When the music slows down, I slow down.
I am out the door of the gym at 6:30, go home to shower and dress for work and head out the door. I have found myself more awake, alert and ready to take on the world. My first few hours of the day are much more productive as I plan them out at the gym. The only downfall I see is that I never used to eat breakfast and now I have a voracious appetite in the morning from burning off calories. Seems like that is an unfair curse of life to actually want to eat more when I was trying to lose weight in the first place. I have found myself drinking more water which is also healthy so I guess that is a side benefit. My point to all this is – take care of yourself so that you will be around a long time to take care of business.
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