“IS THIS THE YEAR YOU TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH?”

HERE WE GO!  THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR LOTS OF PEOPLE MAKE THEIR “NEW YEARS RESOLUTION” TO LOSE WEIGHT, GET FIT, STOP SMOKING –YADA YADA.  IF YOU ARE A REGULAR GYM MEMBER YOU SEE IT EVERY JANUARY.  ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE ARE LOTS OF NEW FACES IN THE GY M.  THE PARKING LOT IS FULL!  WE KNOW WHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS.  AND, WE KNOW THAT IN ABOUT 45 DAYS THE PARKING LOT WILL THIN OUT AND THE NEW FACES IN THE GYM WILL BE GONE.  MOST PEOPLE WHO START OUT A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION REALLY DON’T STICK TO IT.

FOR YEARS I HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT QUIT WHEN OTHER “MORE IMPORTANT” PRIORITIES TAKE PRECEDENCE ON MY TIME.  FOR ME, JANUARY 2008 WAS THE YEAR I DECIDED TO TAKE CHARGE OF MY HEALTH.  IT HAS BEEN A LIFE CHANGING EVENT!.  WHEN I LOOK BACK AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHY IT WORKED IN 2008, I REALIZED THAT I MADE A DECISION OUT OF BOTH “INSPIRATION” AND “DESPARATION”.   AT THAT TIME I WEIGHED 225, HAD A 42” WAIST, GOING FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PROBLEMS WITH MY NECK AND KNEE,  AND SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR FOR A CHRONIC BAD BACK.  MY ENERGY LEVEL WAS LOW AND I SEEMED TO BE HAVING LOTS OF “SENIOR” MOMENTS OF FORGETFULLNESS.  BUT, IN DECEMBER OF 2007 I HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING THAT PROVIDED THE “INSPIRATIONAL” PART OF MY NEW BELIEF SYSTEM.  IN 2008, IN A NICE SLOW PACE, I LOST 40 POUNDS, 7 INCHES IN THE WAIST, GOTTEN MUCH STRONGER, HAVE LOTS OF ENERGY, STOPPED TAKING ALL PRESCRIPTION AND NON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HAVE NOT BEEN SICK IN FOUR YEARS AND OPENED MY NEW FITNESS STUDIO THIS YEAR.

I THINK MOST PEOPLE WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE IN DESPARATE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL CONDITION BEFORE THEY MAKE A CHANGE.  HOWEVER, I BELIEVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MAKING THIS CHANGE YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM.  IF YOUR BELIEFS ARE BASED ON INCORRECT DATA, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE A PLAN THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU.  FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN’T REALLY CHANGE YOUR HEALTH BECAUSE YOU HAVE “BAD GENES” INHERITED FROM YOUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS, YOUR CHANGE WILL NOT LAST.  OR, IF YOU THINK YOUR  “TO OLD” TO CHANGE, TO OLD TO EXERCISE, TO SORE OR IN TO MUCH PAIN THEN YOU WON’T CHANGE.  IF YOU ACCEPT THOSE WORDS YOU FIND ON BIRTHDAY CARDS SAYING  “GROWING OLD IS NOT FOR WIMPS”, OR IF YOU JOKE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS YOUR AGE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ACHES AND PAINS AND TAKE COMFORT THAT THEY TOO ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE, THEN YOU WILL NOT CHANGE.

HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT INSIDE, YOU WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT FEELING BAD AS YOU GET OLDER DOESN’T HAVE TO BE “NORMAL”.  I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER SOME HOPE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN GET “OLDER” AND FEEL GREAT.  AT 70, ALMOST 71, I HAVE NO PAINS, NO ILLNESSES, PLENTY OF ENERGY AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.  IF I CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN.  THE KEY FOR ME WAS TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW OUR BODY WORKS.  MY HEALTH “BIBLE” IS A BOOK CALLED “THE METABOLIC PLAN” BY DR. STEPHEN CHERNISKE.  I FOUND THAT UNDERSTANDING HOW AND WHY OUR BODY AGES IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT TAKES FOR GREAT HEALTH AT ANY AGE.  WITH MY NEW GOAL OF “TAKING CHARGE OF MY HEALTH” CAME A QUEST FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE.  FROM THIS KNOWLEDGE, I CREATED MY WELLNESS PLAN.  THEN, THIS BECAME MY EDUCATION FOR TEACHING A CLASS CALLED “AGING AND HEALTH”  WHICH IS NOW CALLED “WELLNESS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE”.  STARTING IN JANUARY, I WILL BE HOLDING CLASSES AT MY STUDIO.  OUR GOAL IS TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH SHARED KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS.  I WILL TELL YOU MORE ON LINE THROUGH THIS BLOG AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR FEEDBACK.  I AM NOT A DOCTOR, AND CAN ONLY SPEAK FROM MY EXPERIENCE AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNED THROUGH BOOKS, WEBSITES AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, ESPECIALLY CHIROPRACTORS, WHO ARE BY FAR THE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT TOTAL BODY WELLNESS, NOT JUST “SICK CARE”.

HOPE EVERYONE FINDS 2012 TO BE A POSITIVE, LIFE CHANGING YEAR.

PAUL,  HEALTH COACH

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