OK, now on to the diet and exercise portion of this blog which is what I'm supposed to be writing about! My good friend's husband is a firefighter. At the ripe old age of 40 Jay went through the GRUELING training necessary to pass all the physical tests along side all the 20-somethings in his class. He did so with flying colors and has maintained this level of fitness for 10 years so I know he knows things about diet and exercise. Last weekend at The Firefighters Annual Chili Cookoff I overheard a conversation between he and a young man who had just failed the first physical to get into the firefighting training program. This boy was clearly out of shape. Here was Jay's advice:
"Eat half of what you're eating now and run everyday."
The boy's eyes lit up, his face changed from desperate to determined, he nodded vehemently and pumped Jay's arm in a solid promise of a handshake, thanked him and left.
"THAT'S IT??" I yelled. "I spend countless hours moulding my message in hopes of one person grabbing hold of one of my "baby step" lifestyle "tweaks" that might make a positive change in their weight and all you say is 'Eat half of what you're eating now and run every day??!'"
"That's what works", he said.
And I know it will. To the point, no nuance, no cheats, just basic, accurate advice that when followed with dedication will get positive results. Men. You've got to admire the simple brilliance of their minds sometimes.
I am soooo going to use this story in my next presentation. But I'll need to carefully place it towards the end of my script otherwise I'd end up with the shortest, most effective keynote in the history of motivational speakers on health and wellness!
Eat less and move more ladies.