Losing weight in a healthy way takes hard work, determination, a good plan, and resistance against Cheetos. It requires that we give some things up and that we put in work where we haven’t in the past.
You could say that reshaping your body requires a bit of sacrifice.
Sac-ri-fice: the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
Cue the new trio for the Miami Heat. Now just in case your internet, cable service, phone service, ability to talk to other people, and car all broke down this week, you may not know that Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are all going to be playing for the Miami Heat next year. It should make for some pretty entertaining basketball.
Unfortunately for the Heat, signing those three players left them pretty strapped for cash; almost to the point that they were going to have to find the remainder of their roster at local YMCA pickup games. In order for the Heat to add a few more key pieces to their team, they had to ask the new superstars to take a cut in pay. They asked them to make a “sacrifice.”
WARNING: The following section may be filled with both sarcasm and ranting!!!
In this ESPN article it’s explained that all three of the players will take less than the $16.6 million that they could have earned in order to leave the Heat organization a few dollars to fill out the roster with quality players.
Wade said “It’s about sacrifice now.”
Now I’m sorry, but “settling” for 15 million next year instead of the potential $16.6 million is like a fat man saying he’s only going to put 5 strips of bacon on his burger instead of 6. It’s less, but is it really a sacrifice? Are Wade, Bosh, or Lebron going to have to watch their spending habits because of the decrease in pay? Would a chubby guy see the numbers on the scale change by cutting out that last strip of salty goodness?
Later in the article Lebron goes on to say “One thing that is important is we all sacrificed money, sacrificed a lot of things to be a part of this.”
Lebron, I understand that you’ll be making about 15 million less than you could have over the next six years with Cleveland or New York or Chicago, but what are these other “things” that you’ve had to sacrifice? Becoming the most marketable basketball player in the NBA? Living on South Beach? Not paying State income taxes (P.S. The absence of state taxes makes the difference in pay more like 8 million, not 15)? Playing with two other superstars? The potential to win multiple championships?
I’m afraid that a true change is going to require a little more than a “drop in the bucket,” financially speaking. We’re going to have to work for change. Perhaps even drastic change (read: sacrifice) may be required in order to be successful at losing those extra pounds and getting more fit.
I will agree that any healthy change is a positive one, but are we really sacrificing all of the things we need to in order to be successful at finding our ideal shape or fitting into that man-speedo by Labor Day? What about the possibility of cutting out soda completely, or replacing our meals with a shake, or only eating until we’re 80% full? What if we gave up that extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning and replaced it with cardio? What if we worked out every day for a year? How about stepping out of your comfort zone and experimenting with healthier foods? Here’s an idea, if you’re going to cut something out your life for good, get rid of self-doubt!
These are things that I would call sacrifices; something desirable destructed for a bigger prize. These are the things that are ultimately going to make a difference and improve our quality of life.
As for the Miami trio, sorry guys, when you start riding the bus to the arena instead of rolling up in your Bentley I’ll start listening to your lessons about sacrifice.
What have you had to sacrifice in order to live a healthy life?