This week I began a new weight-training program called The Master’s Hammer & Chisel. It’s required me to work out 6 days/week and follow a nutrition plan that has filled me with good food (thank goodness!) and a workout routine that’s keeping me motivated, even throughout the holiday season.
After not having a good, healthy December/January last year (I failed at Insanity: Max 30), it’s been refreshing to find a path that gives me plenty of nutritious food and exercise during some of the most stressful weeks of my year. Actually, it’s taken me one step further: I feel as if I am even more grateful for the health I already have.
You see, when I began my health journey in late 2012, I did it because I thought I needed a change. I didn’t see much of a bigger picture past it. I was simply sick of feeling like I had no energy, and I feared what was in store for the future. Fear and a fuzzy big picture. That’s it. But now, as I get older and start to shift my life into adulthood, I realize that health is the main factor in so many of our life’s directions. When we are sick, life halts. Our progress halts. Our jobs, our social interactions, and maybe even our goals come to a screeching stop. It’s a presence in our lives that, once revoked from us, we struggle getting back.
Our society focuses on sickness, not health. It advertises weight loss, not nutrition. It promotes quick fixes, not simplicity. But as I grow as a leader and health coach, I’ve learned to live in that simplicity as much as I can.
Eat simple foods.
When it comes to exercise, take advice from others that know what they’re talking about. Don’t hurt yourself being the hero.
Drink plenty of water.
Try and celebrate one part of you, every day, that is quintessentially you.
Get enough sleep.
Walk around the block. Heck, park further away from the entrance to Target to get those few extra steps in.
Don’t allow other people’s judgment of you bettering yourself to hinder the nurturing you deserve.
Screw society. Take care of yourself. No one else can.
And be grateful for the fact that you’ve made it this far, and that you have the opportunity to exercise when people who are bed-ridden and/or sick who would long for that chance again.
Don’t be afraid of the amazing person that you are destined to become. I only want you to shed the skin of your limitations so you can be a light to others. You’re already light to me.
That’s all for now.
In peace & good health,