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Why your wellness is so important, and means so much to me!
Posted on June 3rd, 2019
by Jamie
Dear reader,
 
I sincerely hope this finds you well!

It took me a long time to put this blog together and it truly means so much to me that you've found your way here and you are taking the time to read it.

See, I'm am truly, truly passionate about not just the health of myself and my family, but yours too.

Had I not found a few certain "helping hands" along the way, I just know I would have never achieved the level of wellness that I am proud to say that I've achieved today, and I only hope that I am able to maintain it well into the future.

These helping hands came in many forms, just as they probably will for you as well on your journey through life.

However, I do wish to impart the 3 most powerful lessons that I was lucky enough to learn along the way in my journey to you so that perhaps you can gain some benefit from it, and in a way, a shortcut that may help you in the long term.

1. Discipline and willpower comes from within

I used to sit around waiting, hoping, and wishing that I could just be more disciplined and have more willpower. I realised that all along... I knew WHAT to do - at least generally.

I mean, we all know, right?

If we want to be healthier and happier and prouder of our bodies then we generally know that what it will take is to eat more healthy foods and exercise at least three times per week.

I always knew that... it's not like it's a secret. And you'll find nearly all experts will agree with that (except maybe some crazy ones).

So if we all know this... and we all want to be healthier and happier in ourselves, then why can't we do it?

We can't find the discipline and will power to do it. At least not in the long term.
I'm sure that you, like me, have started programs and committed to things many times over without managing to stick to them.

As painful as it is to stop and not reach the result that we want, we tend to succumb to the pain of "missing out".

So we seek an answer... WHY can't I just have more willpower? WHY can't I just be more disciplined?

Truly, there is no answer.

It boils down to do, or do not.

But the good news is, self discipline is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets!

The first repetitions will be hard... but it is so so worth it.

So push through and build up that muscle. You can do it.

2. Any exercise is better than no exercise

When we are moving through life, there are always going to be hurdles.
They will come up at the most annoying times, all the time.

When I've started programs before, I've often given up at the first sign of trouble.
Often, this came in the form of an injury or some sort of health limitation.

I would commit to a gym program, but then I would agitate my wrist (which has been a problem all my life). I wouldn't be able to continue the program, so I would stop doing anything at all.

I would just give up everything.

Who else has been there?

What I've grown to learn though is that ANYTHING is so so so much better than nothing.

It's very realistic to greatly improve your health without any exercise, but it takes very close adherence to an eating plan of some sort that is usually low-calorie.

What's even MORE realistic, is to achieve the goals we wish to achieve by adding exercise into the mix.

Even simple walking is very, very beneficial. Don't believe me?

Try it.

I really encourage you to commit to a simple 10,000 steps per day (you can measure this with a cheap step-tracking device).

Watch the results that come with it.

You will feel a LOT better, plus you are flexing that self-discipline muscle too.

3. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring

I used to hear people say this all the time.

I didn't believe them. I want pizza. And I want burgers.

Oh yeah, and I want chocolate.

Well, it's true that you may have to give up on some of these things, certainly, depending on what your goals are.

However, there are some simply amazing recipes out there that you are missing out on right now.

Back in the day (my day), we used to have to go out and buy a recipe book and hope that we liked what was inside.

These days, there are literally millions of recipes all over the internet! And they are basically all free!

At our very fingertips is the wealth of knowledge that you previously needed to both leave your house for, and pay for!

So there's no reason to eat the same old boring food when you're aiming to be healthier.

Simply use the old Google machine...

And be prepared to put in a little bit of effort :)

Conclusion

I hope that these three tips help you a lot.

If you have any comments then please let me know.

by Staff Writer, Jamie

Jamie loves to read a book, eat a pizza, watch a movie, and occasionally squeeze in some healthy eating and exercise too!
Can You Workout Through Muscle Soreness?
Posted on May 27th, 2019
by Jamie
I met up with a friend for my morning coffee today and we got onto the topic of body image (go figure) and we ended up talking about what a healthy body looks like.

This is when I realized that we all have a built in image in our heads of what we think a healthy body should look like.

I’m sure right now you have a picture in your head of what you think a ‘healthy body’ should be. And I also guarantee that most people have the same image in their heads as well. (In fact know they do because this has been well studied)

The point is that when people say things like:

“I want to get in shape”
or
“I want to lose weight”
or
“I want to be thin"

What they are really saying is:
“I want to look healthy”

It might sound superficial but it’s not. Our best guide of what is healthy is our eyes.
Unfortunately it has become socially unacceptable to point out that being 40 pounds overweight simply isn’t healthy, likewise with people who are grossly underweight. 

There are actually groups of people who are trying to lobby governments to make it illegal for doctors to recommend weight loss for people who are overweight! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

Self denial runs deep for these people. Those people who are trying to ‘accept their size and shape’ are just accepting a less healthy body. Plain and simple.

I will be one of the first to say it and let the hate mail pour in.

A healthy body is also a good looking body. They are one and the same and cannot be separated from each other.

Think of it this way. Would you go to the gym diligently and eat a strict ‘healthy’ diet if it somehow gave you perfect health (as measured by all levels of physical emotional mental and social health)

BUT

this same lifestyle made you grossly overweight?

The answer is most likely no because it’s not possible. I’ll bet you’re having trouble even imagining that right now; How can a grossly overweight body also be a healthy body? — It can’t.

With that said there are always levels or degrees of relative health associated with various sizes, but the range is much more narrow than you probably think.

The fact remains, you and I both have a built in image of what we think is a healthy looking body. I didn’t put that image there, and neither did the media, it’s something we have evolved to recognize at a basic level. (this is evidenced by research showing the same body images are selected as the best looking by people from all different cultures and societies and socioeconomic status from around the world)

Your eyes cannot tell a lie when it comes to the look of a healthy body.

So I want to know what you think a healthy body looks like, if you feel so inclined I’d like you to describe your ideal healthy body in the comments section.

by Staff Writer, Jamie

Jamie loves to read a book, eat a pizza, watch a movie, and occasionally squeeze in some healthy eating and exercise too!
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