Monday, June 29, 2009


After a long, trying weekend, I have a lot of things going on in my brain, and most of them are around my priorities - what are they and am I focused on the 'right' things? etc.

All along this journey, the thing that really has gotten me going and kept me going is the physical side effects: looking better & losing weight.

I had several health related issues and am genetically predisposed to certain diseases - most notably heart disease and diabetes - but did that motivate me to take control of my life? Nope. Did my dad's bypass motivate me? Nuh-uh... at least, certainly not the way the thought of looking good in my wedding dress did.

I have mentioned Jonathon Roche's blogtalkradio show several times, and he always brings up the fact that health is a gift, and who cares if you fit into a smaller size? It's about increasing your energy and about creating a healthy future for yourself.

This weekend I finally got that, and realized that I have given myself an amazing gift: I've learned what my body needs nutritionally and physically to achieve optimal health. I have energy in reserve to deal with the good and bad that life throws at me. I have learned the importance of listening to the signals my body gives me when something's not quite right, and to take care of it - be it taking a rest day or a trip to the doctor.

I've also discovered that I've created a solid foundation for my life that has routines and habits in place that carry me through a major or minor crisis.

Yes, I fit into a smaller size pair of jeans and can lift a decent amount of weight, but all of it is wrapped in the package of good health.

That is the best gift and priority of all.


Trainer T.s Fitness said...

Well said, thanks for the share!

We are as a society so number focused its good just to praise the health we are blessed with.

Heather said...

I love this post! I'm 100% right there with you! I am motivated by fear sometimes. Fear of repeating the fate of my Mom & Grandmother but in the end all we can do it take care of ourselves, live our best & know that we've done all we can do.

Cheers to you, my friend for taking care of you!

And hugs while I'm at it!!! :)