GOOD HABITS

Henry C. MurphyJul 5, '22
We live by habits--some good, some bad. Do yourself a favor and unlearn the habits that are not serving you well. I honestly have quite a few, but I will focus on one today. 
My mother, grandmother, and aunts were all excellent cooks on both sides of my family. This sounds good in theory, but without discipline, this is a recipe for disaster. 
As I look back, I was overweight pretty much all of my life. There were times where my dad would make me exercise the entire summer to get me to a decent weight. Those diets only lasted for so long, because when I got back around the rest of the family, I'd eat and I'd eat well. 
I also learned how to cook because everyone around me was always cooking. We didn’t eat healthy at all. What most people got for a Sunday meal like fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens, potato salad, and something sweet--we ate that each day. Seriously, there were meals like this literally every single day in my household. 
Bad habits usually follow you and that’s what happened with me. I got to a point where I was over 350 pounds. I started feeding my family the same things that I grew up on. As you get older, you begin to realize that this is not good, and once I became an entrepreneur, those bad habits began to affect me. The food that I ate did not allow me to physically do the things that my mind wanted me to do. 
I couldn’t believe it; food was paralyzing me. Bad habits usually come with circumstances in my life, and this was no different. Diabetes and congestive heart failure were the results. I started fighting back, years ago, by changing my habits, but I felt like I was getting nowhere. As I look back, I realize that I had made some great changes. I also realize that I was looking for instant gratification. 
My wife, who was pretty slim when I met her, also reached over 300 pounds. After an embarrassing situation at Six Flags, where she couldn’t fit on the ride, she began to change her habits. She joined Weight Watchers and lost over 70 pounds. I was so impressed by her discipline that I joined and lost 50 pounds myself. 
It takes time to undo unhealthy habits. They must be replaced by good habits consistently, day in and day out. I am proud to say that I have a new relationship with food; in fact, I just joined a new program that has helped change my life even more. It takes time to turn bad habits into good habits, but it’s worth the investment.
#GodBlessTheEntrepreneur 

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