Last week I saw a fantastic quotation on someone’s Instagram feed.
‘Wellness is the new rebellion’ – Danielle Laporte
It sent a bolt of energy through me as it captured in that short phrase my own feelings right now.
I feel like a warrior with one single goal – full health.
I’ve always had an interest in health, health through food and happiness. But I’d never really grasped it tightly enough to believe in my own outcome.
I thought I did, but there was always some noise, some wittering going on in my head, about why this compromise, or this new start date was better than just getting it done now.
About a month ago, whilst Googling, ‘why isn’t my brain working?’ – I hit upon a book called (strangely enough) ‘Why isn’t my brain working?’ by Dr Datis Kharrazian.
In reading that book, I read and discovered things that made me realise how much I’ve been listening to my own wittering and faff around why what I was doing was OK.
- Not quitting the coffee. My coffee habit was insane. I am not against people drinking coffee, but when you’re investing in pricey supplements to support an exhausted adrenal system and knocking them back with your umpteenth Cup of Joe something’s not right. I quit the black stuff 9 weeks ago.
- Avoiding the long term impacts of an auto-immune condition. When I read in this book about my increased risk factors for Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, additional auto-immune conditions and brain damage my attitude changed. My life plan doesn’t include my daughters having to look after me because of my life choices. If I fall foul to these conditions it’s because I drew the short straw after making the best lifestyle choices I could.
- Putting off the slightly uncomfortable stuff because it’s, well, not comfortable in favour of delay and wittering. One of the things you need to do to look after your brain is make sure it’s well oxygenated. Cold hands and feet, low blood pressure and thyroid conditions tend to lead to the fact that your brain (my brain) is not getting the oxygen it needs to function optimally. A daily burst of high energy oxygenation is required to force it into your noggin. This is something like sprints or jumps or skipping. I don’t much like flat out aerobic power. But that’s the problem, it’s the wittering noise about why I don’t like it that stops me just doing it. So now, rather than spending all my lovely morning walk working out how I can get out of the sprints, I’ve decided to walk (and enjoy it) then as soon as I get to the park where I sprint, I just start. I don’t think about it, I don’t try and prepare for it, because once I am off it lasts 5 minutes. Horribly hard minutes, but that’s all.
- Finding reasons not to keep to my own rules. You know how it is. You’ve decided to change your habits and then you get an invitation to a party, you go with good intentions to eat beforehand or not drink or some other rule that makes it OK, but once you’re there the wittering starts. “Ooh, I’ve not had that vol-au-vent/cake/ cocktail before” or someone suggests that “one won’t hurt“. I’ve learned that this will never work. If you break your own rules once, chances are that you’ll always break your rules if your rebel isn’t fully switched on. This week I was at a business lunch where there was the most fabulous selection of curries for lunch. Normally, I’d have had some, eaten more than I needed or eaten something that I’d normally avoid because “it’s just this once“. Not this time. My inner rebel was quite happy to sit there and watch them eat, so I didn’t compromise my own agenda. No more fear of missing out.
Some of you might be thinking that this is taking things a step too far, that life is short and meant to be fun and enjoyed.
Yep. I am all over that.
But my life is going to either be even shorter or compromised by poor health if I don’t look after me now. And I do feel like a rebel about this.
There is no FastTrack Fit Camp without me being healthy and well.
There is no happy marriage or complete family unit if I am not functioning at my best.
There are reduced opportunities for an enjoyable future if I am not putting in the effort now.
Society tells us to listen and trust our GPs.
My GP told me emphatically that I couldn’t fix my Hashimoto’s with nutrition.
Two fingers to that.
I am already impacting my health by taking action and sticking to my guns.
Wellness IS the new rebellion!
But my point today is that this is right for me, right now.
It’s not your story, it’s not my husband’s story, it’s not my kids story. This is mine.
If you’re all over self development and improving your career. Do what it takes.
If you want to step out of the rat race and spend more time at home or travelling. Are you being a rebel enough about it?
If you want to retire early are you doing the difficult, necessary stuff to move you closer to where you want to be?
Whatever your rebellion. Whatever your outcome. I want you to decide to own it.
Once you own it, decisions become easier, wittering gets quieter and success is closer.
Let me know how you get on 🙂
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Bank Holiday Monday
This weekend the weather is set to be scorchio! If you’d like to join us before the heat of the day sets in we’re opening our doors to anyone on Bank Holiday Monday at 09:30 Bearwood Recreation Ground, Winnersh for a pay-as-you-go session. It’s £7 per non-member.
The Sunday session at 09:00 is as normal.