Curiosity Killed the FAT

When I was a kid, I once asked someone how baseball umpires could be so fast. I used to watch all the baseball games on TV. When I would see a ball fouled off into the stands, the catcher would always turn around and get the ball from the umpire. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how the umpire got the ball out of the stands so quickly.

In my defense…

Now I wasn’t watching the game on a high-definition TV, but I really don’t think it would have mattered. I was young, and I only had a short amount of life experience to go on. I played baseball with my friends in the neighborhood but we never had more than one ball. It NEVER occurred to me that anyone would play baseball with more than one ball. I just assumed the umpire was fast. REALLY FAST!

Silly question.

It’s OK to laugh at my expense. I didn’t know what was going on. I had to find out…even if that meant asking a silly question. And now I know that professional umpires have a whole bag of fresh baseballs ready to go, NOT just one. Got it! That makes a lot more sense.

I was curious…

But growing up, I was like most kids. I didn’t know much, I was naturally curious and I didn’t mind asking any ol’ question that popped into my little head. As a result, there was a period of my life where I asked a healthy mix of odd, funny and inappropriate questions.

But it stops.

Sadly, for most of us, there comes a point when all that stops. We stop being curious and we stop asking questions. But I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe you got to the point where you thought you knew it all. (HA…you didn’t!) Or maybe someone laughed at you when you asked how the umpires could be so fast. But whatever it is, as adults, most of us have lost our natural curiosity and willingness to ask questions.

But why does it matter?

One of the things I tell people all the time is that curiosity can be your best friend. This is especially true in the areas of health and fitness. Curiosity keeps things interesting and guarantees that you will find new ways to improve. Curiosity will have you tweaking your diet in order to discover what works best for you and what doesn’t. Curiosity will get you reading labels and asking hard questions about how your food is made and where it comes from. Curiosity will have you trying new

workouts and exercise philosophies just to see if your body likes it. Curiosity may even help you find a new treatment method or medical procedure that could ultimately save your life.

Over the years…

Curiosity has been a great help to me in both my professional and personal life. My health care choices (which includes chiropractic), my self care, my dietary habits, my exercise routines and even some of the hobbies that I enjoy have often started out of morbid  curiosity.

Killed the fat.

In fact, the diet change that allowed me to lose 40 pounds and get back to my college weight was something I started out of curiosity. I didn’t even think it was possible to get back to that weight again. But I was wrong and the only reason I found that out was because I was curious enough to try something different. So in my case, curiosity killed the FAT, not the cat.

Does it work out?

Does trying things simply because you are curious always work out well? NO, Absolutely Not! Sometimes you look back and realize that you tried something stupid or that you asked a really dumb question. But that’s OK. If you want to be the best version of you that you can be, you can’t be afraid to try something new. You can’t be afraid to ask questions. You can’t be afraid to be a little different. Because if you are afraid, you will stop growing. You will stop changing. You will stop living. Ultimately, you will start dying.

Best advice.

I don’t think that is what you really want. So my best advice to you is to find your inner child. Let yourself be a kid again. Discover something new. Ask a stupid question. Be curious!