At my course/retreat two weeks ago we were looking at all the aspects that can affect a person’s ability to feel truly vital.
It goes beyond eating well and exercising.
If you want to feel really, truly vital there are other areas that, when left unaddressed, can create a huge obstacle to progress.
There’s the obvious as I mentioned.
- Hormone balance
- Brain health
- Digestive function
- Sleep health
- Toxic overload from food, pollutants, allergens or plastics.
- Auto-immune conditions / postural issues / stress
Then there’s things that are close to us and can impact our decisions but aren’t directly linked to health choices
- Partner / relationship / lack of
- Career demands or disappointments
- Family – older parents, sibling differences or children stresses
- Financial security
- Sense of purpose
- Self worth
- Loss / grief
And there’s things that we may not even think have a bearing but, if left unresolved, can be like a magnet pulling us back to bad habits or comfortably uncomfortable lifestyles.
- ACE – adverse childhood experiences like parents divorce, living in poverty, physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, exposure to alcohol and/or drugs, a carer with a mental health condition, a member of the family being in prison. Even having experience of one of these increases your risk for long term health issues as an adult.
- Not managing our own boundaries with regards to how we deal with people and let them treat us.
- Light or sound or air pollution.
- Past accidents or surgeries.
- Childhood beliefs.
- Poor management of emotions, either by suppressing them or over-expressing them.
If you find yourself at a point where you either keep getting pulled back at the first sign of an obstacle, or you have reached a plateau and aren’t sure what’s stopping you from reaching higher or, you feel overwhelmed by all you need to do to help yourself and your health. This, along with the toward/away from goals from last week’s blog, could be one of the reasons why.
Looking at all these areas and identifying where you have some unresolved issues, then deciding what needs looking at and what sits at it’s foundation can work wonders for you making progress.
Whilst doing this exercise I discovered two main things.
1. I’ve done emotion suppression all my life. I like things nice and calm and smooth and lovely. If I’ve had any suggestion of an uncomfortable emotion it’s gone into my ‘pissed off’ bucket. It means I rarely have any idea as to what I am really feeling. As such I found this graph useful…look – so many words!
2. Good Lord if I can’t get out and walk each day, the day is looking less than rosy. This isn’t about exercise, it’s about being out, walking and charging myself up for the day. I thought it was about being outside, but it’s not just that. I need the walk too, to move me, charge me up and prime me for the day. I do my best thinking in this part of the day. I’m so pleased that I have realised this. It means I need to fit it into my day somehow, but it’s certainly worth it for some vitality and oomph each day.
There you have it.
- What’s missing for you?
- Is there an untapped area that if you could unearth it would allow you to get more out of your health, vitality and energy?
- What can you do today to start working on it?
Have a great week and do let me know what you find out!
Clean, Green, Fit Camp
Trainers! We’ve had real progress this week with our trainer recycling programme. I came home on Tuesday to discover that my front step was now completely visible again as the collection man had been to deliver our bins (and take away the shoes).
I now have two bins to the side of my house that paired trainers can be deposited into . We have also sent off one and a half bags of trainers to be repurposed or recycled and kept out of landfill. Thank you for joining in with this initiative and continuing with it too.
Waste Not Wednesday! This weeks reduce food waste blog, Waste Not Wednesday, was provided by local, award winning curry chef, Kran Sondh from The Cook Curry Club. It’s a fabulous base recipe for those times when you can buy ripe tomatoes, wrinkly peppers and gluts of onions. It’s freezable and can be used for any curry base.
I hope you enjoy, let me know how you get on.
Trees! I posted on my personal Facebook page last week to detail the changes I’ve made to Fit Camp under the Social Enterprise and asked for help. I was so chuffed to get names of people within Wokingham Council who wanted to talk to me about how FastTrack Fit Camp can work with them and their environmental projects. I’ll definitely keep you update on that. Imagine having Fit Camp trees in your home town that you’ve helped to put there?! I can’t wait 🙂
Litter Picking! This Sunday will be our first Fitter Litter Pickers event at Bearwood Recreation Ground at 09.45 – 10.30. I have litter sticks, bags and hi-vis jackets, all I need of you is bodies and you bring your own gloves. I hope to see some of you there!
Finally, I like to recommend and encourage other local businesses. As such here’s my blog post talking about all things lovely about a Wokingham based business growing, harvesting and selling organic microgreens. They’re tasty, James is passionate and best of all they’re great for you too!
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.