Step one: What’s it look like for you? Are you happy with the way things are with your health, family, job or fun? If you’re like me, there’s SOMETHING that isn’t exactly the way you’d like it.
Today, we’re going to focus on the health aspect since everyone’s coming off a holiday week where it’s hard to stay on track eating and working out. I can tell you that last year, was not so great for me. I even developed sore elbow joints, knees and wrists because I succumbed and ate one too many cookies or something. I thought I was getting old. I’m thinking, ”what the heck! This is what people come in complaining of. Now it’s happening to ME?” It took me til mid January to realize it was the “falling of the wagon” that caused that. So, step one for me was, I needed my life to look like it did prior to that holiday season. I wake up without an alarm clock. I don’t have aches and pains. I don’t get the coughs, colds, influenza stuff. Pretty much enjoy pain free, happy go lucky health. Sometimes just getting back to where you were is good enough.
Step two: Happy go lucky health isn’t an accident. There are steps to follow and a price to be paid for not following them. So, decide how much health you want.
We use a scale in here on your initial paperwork. The question is “How willing are you to change your lifestyle to achieve your health goals?” Rate that on a 1-10 scale. This changes over time for people. As much as the platitudes will admonish ‘There’s nothing more important than your health’, I can tell you after caring for people for 28 years, that frequently people decide there ARE more important things than their own health. Moms are notorious for putting kids before themselves for decades. Guys are notorious for putting everything from the house to the pontoon or ’63 Stang in the garage, ahead of their health. These are generalizations to be sure, but you know these people. They are real choices that real people make in different seasons of life. So, decide for yourself for 2020.
It’s your life. You call it like you see it. So, if the answer is you rate your willingness to change at 3 out of 10, don’t beat yourself up for your health experience. Just accept you’ve chosen other priorities for now. Call it good if you cut back to a half pack a day, or only a couple cans of soda per week.
If you’re kind of a 5 ish person, well, you can make some progress. That’s where you are willing to look at a couple areas and make small improvements in activity levels and junk food consumption. Great.
If you’d rate yourself a 7 or 8, well then, explore what area is going to be easiest to dig in and improve the most for 2020, but work on all of them.
If you’re going to say, 10.. I’m not going to accept anything less than my best… well, then make sure you’re coming to all the workshops this year. Focus across the board. From your spine, to nutrition, to workout, to relationships, to spirituality and your retirement account. You will need to change where you get your information, how many books you read, how you take care of yourself, etc… beginning with making your bed everyday.
I watched a biography of Luciano Pavarotti yesterday. He’d survived life threatening illness as a child and vowed that he would enjoy every sunny day, every thing to eat, every song, every friendship….. Exemplified in a disagreement with record company over an exclusive contract. The record company exec called him up furious to learn that Pavarotti was making recordings with his wife, because she wanted him to and he enjoyed it. Pavarotti claimed he did not know his contract meant he couldn’t record for anyone else. Seems a bit naive to me, but anyway, Pavarotti says “Life is too short for this”. Meaning, limiting himself to this record company. He didn’t care what it cost in money, fame or future fortune. He was focused on enjoying his life and doing what made him and his family happy. He parted ways with the contract by paying a sum of money to be done. There ARE more important things in life….
And one of the most important is life itself. His then adult daughter (older than his then wife) quoted him as he was dying as saying he felt cheated in life. He finally had a wife he loved and a new baby, and here he was dying of pancreatic cancer.
Pavarotti, clearly winning on all fronts, rockstar status, no financial concerns at all, homes here and there, ladies’ man. He had it all…. and his only regret was his health.
So, yes… pick an area of your life to work on for 2020, but recognize that health has the largest return on investment. January then, is when we get focused.
So, if that’s where you want to improve, our next workshop is going to be on fasting. Fasting isn’t just for weight loss. It “resets” the immune system. Fights cancer. Reverses type 2 diabetes. Clears the brain. And, yes, teaches your body to burn fat for fuel.
That’s going to be
Monday, January 20th 6:15 PM in Oakdale 651 -777-3611 to register
Tuesday, January 21st 6:15 PM in Edina 952-835-0006 to register
We will be doing more workshops this year. Shopping Tours, Detox, Weight Loss etc… pretty much all things that you need to get healthier for 2020.
We look forward to seeing you.
Yours in Health,