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Don’t Fall off the Bandwagon..

February 26, 2016

While riding on Sunday I noticed the following on a riders jersey “HEALTHSPAN  = LIFESPAN”

This weeks Parsha Ki Tisa in a nutshell from www.chabad.org

The people of Israel are told to each contribute exactly half a shekel of silver to the Sanctuary. Instructions are also given regarding the making of the Sanctuary’s water basin, anointing oil and incense. “Wise-hearted” artisans Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in charge of the Sanctuary’s construction, and the people are once again commanded to keep the Shabbat.

When Moses does not return when expected from Mount Sinai, the people make a golden calf and worship it. G‑d proposes to destroy the errant nation, but Moses intercedes on their behalf. Moses descends from the mountain carrying the tablets of the testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; seeing the people dancing about their idol, he breaks the tablets, destroys the golden calf, and has the primary culprits put to death. He then returns to G‑d to say: “If You do not forgive them, blot me out from the book that You have written.”

G‑d forgives, but says that the effect of their sin will be felt for many generations. At first G‑d proposes to send His angel along with them, but Moses insists that G‑d Himself accompany His people to the promised land.

Moses prepares a new set of tablets and once more ascends the mountain, where G‑d reinscribes the covenant on these second tablets. On the mountain, Moses is also granted a vision of the divine thirteen attributes of mercy. So radiant is Moses’ face upon his return, that he must cover it with a veil, which he removes only to speak with G‑d and to teach His laws to the people.

I love going for a Sunday arvi swim. Great to just get out there, do a few lengths, think about the week ahead and enjoy the sunshine. Sets me up for the week. At the pool on Sunday I bumped into a guy I know and he said he was undecided about doing his normal Sunday swim, but as he said he pushed through with the swim and feels so much better for doing it. He said he could have just gone home after dropping his kid at a mate. It’s easy to make excuses and do nothing.

In a Instagram post from Ex swimmer Steph Rice. Steph is a talking about the unbelievable breakfast buffet at a hotel she stayed at and says “.. Tests the willpower THATS FOR SURE

Will power and motivation does not come easy for everyone. I know people who say at a meal, I have been good this week, I will have some cool drink and end up finishing the bottle and having 3 slices of cake. There is a fine line between consistency and balance!

The Sefer HaChinuch (Translated as “Book of Education”),  says that mitzvot (a good deed) and aveirot (transgressions or sins) have an amazing effect on the psyche of a Jew. If one forces a tzadik (righteous person) to do even one aveira daily, he will become a rasha (wicked person). Conversely, if one were to force a rasha to do even one mitzvah daily, he will eventually become a tzadik. This is a consequence of the Jews accepting the Torah by saying na’aseh v’nishmah — “we will do and we will hear”. By “doing”, we understand what we are doing, we come to appreciate it and it becomes a part of us — a process by which the intellect is bypassed, and yet is altered. If this is true for a rasha, it would all the more so be true for a bai’noni (“average” person, neither a tzadik nor a rasha) or a tinok she’nishba (one who is non-observant due to being raised without a Torah education).

love-your-heart-2On Twitter this week the Cleveland Clinic hosted a Q and A titled #LoveYourHeart. The questions focussed on the need to improve heart health and what needs to be done. The basic conclusion was that most people don’t do enough and that Aerobic exercise – walking, biking, jogging – provide the greatest benefit and that you never to old to start. The Q and A, mentioned that people make too many excuses.

“T1: Adopting new healthy habits can be difficult for anyone – even me! – SN #LoveYourHeart” – Cleveland Clinic Twitter

But we all need to improve our diets and do exercise – “there is no pill that provides this many health benefits”

Look – We all know that heart health, healthspan are reasons to improve our health and well being, but it’s really tough to start making changes, to find consistency, to understand moderation and to make the changes part of your lifestyle, but once we do there are benefits.

In a recent article by Teresa Cutter (The Healthy Chef), says that we need to get INTO THE GROOVE and that “staying fit is about consistency and regularly taking time to move the body. By doing so you’ll burn body fat, improve your immune system, keep your bones strong, improve sleep – and feel great”

YES it is also is easy to slip off the bandwagon and to make excuses. Trainer Michelle Bridges says “…to loose weight is science, but to keep it off is psychological“. Don’t fall off…

Bill Clinton said that lifestyle “..changed my life. I might not be around if I hadn’t ‘become a vegan. It’s great.”

To end two Rabbi Sacks quotes from a recent article that show how hard change can be :

“If you seek sudden inspiration, then work at it every day for a year or a lifetime. That is how it comes. As every famous golfer is said to have said when asked for the secret of his success: “I was just lucky. But the funny thing is that the harder I practice, the luckier I become.” The more you seek spiritual heights, the more you need the ritual and routine of halakhah, the Jewish “way” to G-d.”

“It is a matter of hard work, focused attention and daily rituals. That is where all sustainable greatness comes from.”

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