The Contagious Disease Called Lazy

It is remarkable how much more miserable it is to be lazy.  I never thought I would say that as I was once a very lazy person.  When I had a desk job from 8-5, I couldn’t wait for the weekends to do nothing.  Doing nothing is so important in moderation as without it we forget how to relax.  However, I was taking this to a new level.  I would watch television all day.  All day!  There is nothing moderate about that.

When I got hired as a personal trainer people were shocked.  Especially my family.  Even if they didn’t voice it (and most did) I was way to lazy to be in charge of physical fitness.  Therefore in the beginning of training I felt very out of place.  The amazing thing is how laziness is contagious.  Not only did I not want to prepare my meals (unless you count a microwave), I didn’t want to fold  my laundry, brush my teeth, floss, get up to use the bathroom, I mean you name it and it was a chore!  All of a sudden everything was such a burden.  What’s more amazing is how changing one of those habits sprials into changing all of them.

When I decided that not cooking wasn’t an option and that my excuse of being a bad cook was no longer valid (it’s in my blood to cook), I had to make a change.  After reading “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” I was inspired.  I started cooking every meal again.  Eggs in the morning, (yes, cereal is easier but the benefit of eggs are remarkable), gourmet pasta and rice dishes for lunch (no more PB&J), and dinner included all the TLC and maybe a glass of wine.  All of a sudden I didn’t need those extras between meals and I didn’t even need something sweet after each meal because they were so satisfying.

Now to tie this back into laziness.  Once I started preparing all of my meals I automatically began to eat less food.  Due to the pleasure and satisfaction I got from all of the flavors and time spent I was ecstatic and energetic.  Now brushing my teeth seemed just like an additional way to put time into myself.  Flossing was absolutely necessary as now I felt like I couldn’t go a day without it.  Struggling to stand up and walk to the bathroom was laughable and laundry was exciting as I saw the clothes I missed all week reappear in my closet.

In what ways do you find yourself taking the easy way out?  Do you skimp out on really preparing your meals? Do you rely on a microwave or a dishwasher to do all your hard work? Or maybe simply the act of flossing would help.  Whatever way you can challenge yourself to not be lazy I commend you to do so.  Be like those French Women who eat bread, pasta, wine and cheese.  They love their food, they love preparing the food and they love to take the stairs.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie is a weight loss coach and author with expertise in personal training, food psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and yoga. Through her company, Total Body Health Solutions, she is blessed with the gift of helping individuals eat when they are hungry, stop when they are full, and move their bodies without force. She has a master’s degree in human behavior and is pursuing a doctorate in health psychology to further promote the art and science of weight loss through mind-body awareness. Hastie helps people learn to love their bodies and transform their lives through her Absolute Love Publishing books, The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less, The Chakra Secret: What Your Body Is Telling You, and Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss. She also is a contributor to the Amazon category bestseller, Women Will Save the World.