This time of year, the country looks back on Martin Luther King Jr, the “I have a dream” speech, and progress Dr. King was able effect in the civil rights movement. #HealthKwest wants to hear about my dreams. Memphis is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated. My wife, Kristi, and I visited the museum a few years ago and it was a chilling reminder of the history of the civil rights movement, the reasons it needed to exist and the progress it was able to accomplish.

Looking at my dreams when compared to Dr. King’s makes them seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but I think it is important for us to have dreams and goals. They obviously can include a wide variety of things. Looking at my overall health and fitness, I have some concrete dreams I desire to accomplish both during and beyond my participation in #HealthKwest. It is easy to be “healthy” for a meal or for a day. It is much more challenging to make that a lifestyle. My overarching dream is to change my lifestyle and lead a healthy, active life as opposed to the very sedentary life I currently lead. My career will never be a job that requires me to be in prime physical condition so I need that to be a conscious decision.

In high school, I was on the soccer and basketball team so for about 3/4 of the school year I had 2 hours of sports practice nearly every day after school. This structure helped keep in decent physical shape. My first two years of college I managed to stay fairly active playing pickup basketball and other intramural sports, but unfortunately, as time went on my activity levels decreased.

Similarly, with my mom cooking while I was in high school I ate in a fairly healthy manner. Again, with college came a change in my lifestyle. It was very easy to grab a burger and fries in the cafeteria. There was a local pizza place that delivered $6 larges until after midnight. Now on occasion there is nothing wrong with a burger or pizza, it is when they become regular habits that they have an impact on your life.

Nearly two weeks into #HealthKwest, I look back on my decisions the past two weeks. I have had some moments where I’ve made the good habit/health lifestyle decision. There have been others where I have slipped, hitting the snooze button to get some more sleep instead of getting up to work out, snacking way more than I should etc.

My goal this next week is to make more and more healthy choices and be conscious of the effect the choices I make have on me.