“The quantum question: What will be the catalyst of change for you?”
My mission, plain and simple, is to inspire healthy living and embody a healthy lifestyle. How does one embody a healthy lifestyle? With the Four “C’s”, which I’ll explain soon. I am not here to define healthy for you. It is for you to define. What is healthy for one person, may be poison for another. Even if you think you don’t know what healthy should look like, deep down you do know. You may pretend you don’t because it’s a lot easier to feign the fool, plead ignorance, but you know. You know that vegetables masquerading as vegetables, wrapped up in tempura batter and deep-fried, are not healthy, even if it is a vegetable. Knowing and doing are two very different things. I am well aware. I’ve taken more than my share of classes, I have read and studied A LOT, but that knowledge does me no good if I don’t put it into action. Knowledge without action kills your intelligence.
Back to my mission. It is not about me being the inspiration or the motivation for you, but about you being inspired and motivated to be your best self, living your healthiest life. It is possible. You just have to make the choice. You have to choose you. Say “yes” to yourself.
The quantum question: What will be the catalyst of change for you?
I want to add value and to serve you with what I know. I do not know everything, but I will share with you what I do know that may be helpful to you. I’m here to share and offer value. That offering may be a recipe, an exercise, an idea, or perhaps even a product.
Why do I care so much about your health? Because I want you to be able to walk your kids to school and chase them down the block. I want you to be able to keep up with your grandkids boundless energy. I want you to put on an outfit, stare at yourself in the mirror, and say, “Wow, I feel amazing!” Notice, I didn’t say “look amazing.” It is about how you FEEL. You can look great and still feel like shit. How you look has nothing on how you feel. Feeling good is looking good.
Maybe the ideas mentioned above aren’t motivators for you. That’s okay. Everyone has different motivators. I think a common theme though is living a long life in good health. It’s about asking yourself what would motivate you to be healthier to make the choices needed to get you there. You can do it with your kids or grandkids in mind, but in the end, you need to do it for yourself. At the end of the day, it’s only you. You. Do it for others and there will be disappointment. Do it for yourself and there will be pride, ownership, and empowerment.
The three “C’s” you need and the one “C” you don’t:
CARE – You must care about why you are taking control of your health and for what reasons. You must care about yourself. That is the cornerstone. Choosing to care for you.
COMMITMENT– Your reasons for why you care about yourself have to be so impactful that there is no other answer than to be motivated by them, and then you must commit. Without commitment, there is no movement.
CONSISTENCY – Commitment leads to consistency. It is not what you do occasionally or some of the time, but what you do all of the time. Now, that doesn’t mean you are destined to eat kale for the remainder of your days, but it means consistently making the choices you care about that are in line with your commitment. Once you begin to do something over and over, then your habitual brain will kick in (research shows it’s around 21 days for a habit to form.)
The “C” you can kick to the curb – Comparison. Do not compare yourself to someone else. Even if you think you know where and how they started and where they are now, you do not. You do not know their journey. Please, for the love of all things, do not compare yourself to someone else’s perceived progress or success. It is just that, perceived. We all fall into this trap at one time or another. I will be out on a run, and I see someone running, making it look effortless, with their gazelle-like speed, rhythmic stride, and muscles flexing in all of the “right” places. It is in that moment I need to remind myself, I don’t know how long they’ve been a runner. Maybe it’s effortless because they just started and haven’t had a chance to be out of breath? Or maybe they are a professional, and it is their job to do it this well. My perception is a made-up story where I am not the author.
You can allow yourself to be motivated by these perceptions, but you do not have permission to compare. “Why is it so easy for them?” “It must come naturally to her.” “She was born with the right genes.” How often have you uttered those words? I know I have, more than once too. I allowed myself to become entangled in the trap of comparison it is. It’s dangerous there. It’s like walking into a cobweb, where with every step deeper, you can’t seem to release from the confines of the sticky web.
What is easy for one person, may not be easy for you…yet. YET. They may have been eating or exercising this way for decades. Maybe they’ve been practicing this skill and refining it every single day for a month. Easy is a debatable term, right? Is riding a bicycle easy? Maybe for you. Is public speaking easy? Maybe for you. Maybe not. Doing something for the first time seems unbelievably hard. Then, not-so-surprisingly, the more you care, the more committed you are, the more consistent you are, then it becomes easier.
It is not about finding the easy button, but about finding the button that motivates you to stop making excuses and start taking control of your actions to live your best and healthiest life! It is yours for the taking.
So again, what will be the catalyst of change for you?