One of our members has shared this story with us and considering the pivotal point of the year we are at, we thought it would be beneficial to share it with you, our readers!
“At one point in my life, I was told that the only thing I need to change was EVERYTHING. I got a big chuckle out of that one, but soon realized that I was the only one laughing… and there was nothing funny about it. Because it was true. I was overweight, clinically obese to be more precise. I was also addicted to nicotine and alcohol; sleep-deprived; and running vigorously on the hamster wheel of an “all work, no play” existence. I had lost touch with the vitality, open-mindedness, playfulness, and physique of my youth. Sadly, it was replaced with a debilitating lifestyle that was eroding my health year after year until I got my wake-up call…. A mini-stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).”
Our goal at Rebel Health is to help to ensure that nobody else has to have the kind of wake-up call described above. Big changes are not only possible but for many of us, absolutely necessary if we want to avoid real problems in the form of chronic disease. So, what’s the secret? How do we make big changes in such a way that they’ll actually stick?
The key to lasting change is developing a solid plan and committing to it.
It sounds easy enough, but this can be a confusing and daunting task. Let us break it down for you with our unique and proven approach. We like to refer to it as the “evolution of change:”
1. TAKE AN HONEST, COMPREHENSIVE INVENTORYYou are standing right here, just like it says on the map at the mall. It doesn’t say, “you were here”, “you came from there”, or “you idiot, you should have made a left by Macy’s.” It’s time to take a full inventory of your life and get clear on where you are right now, at this very moment.
What are your health goals and concerns? What about your ailments and discomforts? Finally, look at your eating, sleeping and exercise habits. What are your cravings and addictions? Also, look at how you define your comfort zone and notice if you’ve been hiding out in their instead of meeting life where you’re truly at. What are your common stressors and how do you cope with them? The more you know about who you are and what makes you tick, the better you are going to call yourself out on your own BS and stop sabotaging your health. It all starts with honesty.
2. IDENTIFY AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT
Where are you stuck? After you’ve completed a thorough initial assessment, you should be able to identify which areas in your life need to be addressed to improve your health. Some examples of what you might notice include:
have less caffeine and alcohol
Include more whole foods in my diet
Eat less processed foods
Get more quality sleep
Lower my work stress
Drink more water
Eat less sugar
Commit to more movement during each day, and so on.
3. PLEDGE TO START WITH CHANGES YOU CAN LIVE WITHIN EACH AREA IN #2
Now, it’s time to commit to realistic changes that you can start on right away and build on over time. Start slow. Perhaps you begin by adding in a 3-minute meditation every morning to counteract your stress. Or consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator to add more movement to your day. If you’re trying to lower your caffeine, try eliminating just one cup of coffee from your morning routine.
Not eating after 8 PM is another simple rule you can start with to improve digestion. Other incremental diet changes could include cutting down on meat and dairy. Or you could choose to introduce more live foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
If you have trouble sleeping, your goal could be to shut off all lights and electronics (that includes the TV and phone!) every night when going to sleep. Whatever your game plan looks like for you, don’t try to tackle it all at once. Set goals and deadlines and take it one small step at a time.
4. DEVOTION OVER DISCIPLINE
Make this journey of change one that is both fun and enjoyable. Be optimistic and feel the power and confidence that comes with taking control over your own health. Don’t think of it as a discipline. Think of it as devotion to yourself and taking care of your body! Your body is a gift you have been given, and it’s the vehicle for living the vibrant life that you are meant to live. Dedicate your efforts to allowing your body to heal itself by giving it what it needs.
5. SPREAD THE WORD
Share your successes with others. The healthier you become, the more people will want to know how you did it. Help them! When they see that you’ve done it, they may feel they can do it too. They can, and you are the proof! The beauty of this is that in helping others, you are also helping yourself to stay motivated and on the right path. Just like that, the rebellion grows, one small change at a time.
What are the benefits of delaying your healthy journey? How much longer can you afford to wait? Will it take a wake-up call of your own? Don’t wait for bad news from the doctor! The time to get cracking is NOW!
After years of sub-optimal lifestyle choices and habits, the bill comes due. What will yours look like?
It’s not as complicated or as confusing as it appears to be. You CAN achieve the vision of the physique and level of energy you want to achieve. We can help. We’ve suggested you ask yourself lots of questions. Let us help you find the answers.
Call us today and let us help get you on your path, or contact us at the link below!
“Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead-end streets…”
“Changes” – David Bowie