I have found that personal health—including nutrition, exercise, and adequate rest—can play a significant role in one’s attitude, mental well-being, and ability to embrace and undertake personal growth. This has been true for me personally, as well as for others around me.
Years ago, I made a conscious decision to lose weight and feel better in general — that meant eating better and improving my fitness. “Eating better” ultimately meant educating myself about nutrition and then making conscious, informed choices about what to eat and how much I should consume on a daily basis.
“Improving my fitness” meant finding a way to integrate exercise into my daily routine. Therefore, it had to be something I loved to do. For me, that was and still is riding my bike. There is no point in dreading exercise because then you will never do it. I found myself looking forward to my workouts instead of searching for excuses to avoid them.
Along the way, I learned that rest and recovery is intertwined with fitness and exercise. It can be tempting to see down time as “unproductive” or “laziness”; however, adequate rest, recovery and sleep are the “yin” to the “yang” of mental and physical exertion. Wellness isn’t about choosing between the two but rather realizing that they are complementary, each necessitating the other. I learned to restore the proper balance to my life.
It took me several years and a lot of experiments with different diet and exercise routines to find the right combination for me — a combination that has resulted in significant weight loss and enabled me to feel better. I am literally half the person I used to be on the scales but twice the person I was on the bike.
Diet, exercise, and rest habits have to be sustainable, and even if you find workouts and foods you love, the process will still be hard. I continue to tinker with my food and exercise routines with the advice of my physician and other qualified professionals. I am currently experimenting with incorporating mindfulness into my daily routine. While I am not a certified nutrition or exercise expert, I have learned a thing or two along my journey, and I enjoy continuing to educate myself about nutrition and exercise. After losing 50 percent of my body weight, I do understand the fundamentals.
If you are ready to start your own journey to Personal Wellness and want a thinking partner who has been there and understands the challenges, I would be honored to support you in creating your own Personal Wellness journey.
Are you ready?
I have been there, so I get how hard the process can be. I also know how important it is to achieve a feeling of wellness and how it can change your life beyond the physical aspects. If you want a partner on that journey, reach out to me and let’s get started with a free 30-minute personal consultation.