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Overcoming Obstacles in the New Year

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On my quest to becoming fit forever I have discovered that we all have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed. All we need is a passion and desire to drive us to our goals.

Too many times we let obstacles discourage us from attaining our goals. What I’ve learned on my journey is that obstacles are just a part of the landscape. How we react to those obstacles is a key to achieving success with our health and wellness.

What do I know about obstacles? In the next few paragraphs I’m going to be transparent and share some challenges that I wake up with each day that could keep me from attaining my fitness goals.

When I was in my 20’s I noticed a 2 inch increase in my neck size. Little did I know that there was a large fast growing tumor fused to my thyroid gland. This was causing a whirlwind of symptoms: elevated heart rate, uncontrollable sweats, fatigue, and massive weight fluctuation. Not something the average person wants to deal with in the midst of life and stressful work demands.

I experienced these symptoms for months. The doctors had difficulty trying to detect what was causing these problems. By the time that the condition was diagnosed my thyroid gland was damaged to the point of needing to be removed. Radiation treatment was required to remove the tumor and my thyroid.

Without a thyroid gland, I would need to be on replacement medication for the rest of my life, and was told by my doctor that weight control would be a constant struggle. His words were, “Those without a thyroid are destined to struggle with weight the rest of their lives.  Really?  From that moment on it was my goal to prove this Houston doctor wrong!

I made a decision that with God’s help and the proper balance of nutrition and exercise, I would get in the best condition of my life and stay that way. I would be FIT FOREVER! (That title sounds somewhat familiar).  Now, more than 30 years after that doctor’s prognosis, I am still proving him wrong! Every day I have the chance to set the course for my destiny the rest of my life.

This situation is not easily dealt with, as pounds will pile on if I choose not to stay active and exercise. But guess what?  Everyone has obstacles of some kind to deal with.  It’s time for me to stop the excuses and to get my tail in to Colorado Athletic Club and do the work!

Now is the time to hit our obstacles head on.  No more excuses!  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  Today is a brand new day of a fresh New Year. Get started on the path to health, strength, and happiness.

 

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See Your Dreams Come to Life Pt. 1

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Why is it that most of us don’t see our health and wellness dreams fulfilled? Too often we sell ourselves short by simply doing what we’ve always done. As a result we always get what we’ve always gotten in the past.  We all want to see our dreams fulfilled, but unfortunately we stop short of taking action on those dreams.  The truth is our dreams don’t work unless we do!

Goal setting is a powerful process for taking baby steps to our dreams.  They are key to shaping our ideal future, and for motivating ourselves to turn our vision of the future into reality.  The practice of setting goals is used by top-level athletes, successful business people and leaders in all fields. They give us long term vision and short term motivation. They focus our knowledge and help us organize our time and our resources so that we can make the very most of our lives.

 

  • Write your health goals down: What does not get written down does not get done. This crystallizes our goals and gives them more force.
  • Set priorities: When we have several goals, prioritize them. This helps us avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct our attention to the most important ones.
  • State each goal as a positive statement: Express your goals positively. “I want lower my body fat so that I can feel better and more energetic” is a much better goal than “I’ve got to lose all this weight somehow.”
  • Set realistic goals: When we set goals that are not realistic, or too high, we may not anticipate the skill needed. This in turn may cause us to want to give up, so we must make sure our goals are reasonable.  Make sure to keep the goals small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that we are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.  We should take care to set goals that are manageable. There is nothing more dispiriting than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond our control.
  • Be precise: Set a precise goal, putting in dates and times so that you can measure achievement. If we do this, we will know exactly when we have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having accomplished it.

It’s time for us to pull out our biggest dreams and make a decision to go for it with all we’ve got! What do we have to lose? It amazes me the miraculous transformation that happens in our lives when we are willing to dream.

Let’s be thinking about some health and wellness dreams for the future, and in the next blog we will look at the plan to see these come to life.  It’s all in a state of mind.  Remember, to change your life you must change your mind!

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Taking charge of your health and wellbeing

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“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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