8 Lessons I Learned Reclaiming My Vitality


8 Lessons I Learned Reclaiming My Vitality
Reclaiming Your Vitality - The Journey

No I didn't forget to write.  I had a minor computer problem that has since been remedied.  However, it was just another example of how if you don't take care of something, that something won't take care of you.

Some lessons learned . . .


Good Health is a lifestyle, not an event.  So many of us try to lose weight, stay in shape, get to our annual checkups etc.  Most of us deal with these activities like events in time.  This “summer” I am going to lose weight.  For the next “30 days” I won’t eat carbs.  I’m giving up soda for “lent”.  Good health and vitality is not an event.  Is a day-in-day-out moment by moment commitment to yourself, to your mind, body, and spirit to do what will serve your overall well-being in the moment and long term.  You don’t have to be perfect at it all the time, but you do have to live you life with that as the premise all the time.  Spending 335 days of year eating crap and doing a 30 day fast and exercise blitzkrieg isn’t going cut it in the long run!

You have to do your own work.  You can get a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a shaman, a prayer warrior, or a physician, power partners, and master minds to support you.  And in the end, there is no getting around it – you have to do your own work.  You have to get active, eat well, get rest, and engage your health care professionals.  They can guide you, encourage you, and cheer you on, but they can’t do it for you.  You’ve got to do your own work. 

Garbage in Garbage out!   I doesn’t matter how physical you are, as you age, your body composition, muscle mass, chemistry changes.  If you do not eat appropriately, no amount of physical exercise will counter act the effects of poor eating, and maintenance.  If you do not eat properly, and avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, drugs legal or illegal, your body will fail you!  Maybe not today, maybe not even tomorrow, but at some point and it’s usually a hard crash and sometimes recovery is not an option.

Feeling Good IN Your Body is as Important as Feeling Good ABOUT Your Body: You can look like a million bucks and feel totally bankrupt on the inside.  I'm a pretty confident individual. I'm comfortable with most things about myself. And the few things I’ve been uncomfortable with, I’ve worked on, changed, or accepted over time. What prompted this journey was not feeling good in my body – feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt tired, tight, bloated, sluggish and I was in pain. Self-confidence can only carry you so far. If you aren’t feeling good, I don’t care how good you look, it shows.  And even if it doesn’t show you feel it.  And when you feel bad, you look bad, and you perform poorly.  You can ask anyone, I don't care how much money you have, how great your relationship is, how much you love our life, if you don't feel well physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, your life sux!

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