“Waking up the morning, I feel blessed to have such precious and brand new twenty four hours to further my mission to be physically strong, mentally sound, and spiritually aflame, to be more compassionate to all beings and to be aggressive to grab the every opportunity”
An abundant life is not one you spend whole life safeguarding your wealth, it is the one where you safeguard your health because that’s where you live and that’s what allows you to fulfil your divine potential and nurture your best self more effectively…I realized two years back. My body is a reflection of my choices so I decided making better choices.
As I was never athletic in my whole life, ‘few initial months’ were a real challenge to prepare my lazy body for the harder things ahead . What I did to bring positive results in my life is to replace one healthy thing that you could focus on exclusively for the next 30 days.
My very first change I ever made: Drinking more water and fruit juice instead of pop, or sports drinks or soft drinks, which gradually became a habit.
Second change I made was drinking green tea or black coffee without sugar and milk.
Third I made: dropped processed foods, cut down on sugar, lift a few weights, embrace yoga and became a runner. It was too difficult at first but it became a habit.
My most recent changes? After getting out of bed I do 10 minutes stretching and complete 1 hour dedicated exercises and it’s becoming a habit. To make all of them a habit, it took me almost 7 long months…now if I attempted to achieve all of those things at once, how many of them would have become a habit? You guessed it right ‘NONE’.
My tips for you?
Make a smart change in your life to establish strong habit, only then move on to another. One change at a time instead of trying for a great leap forward, which actually make you stumble backward.. Remember one very good thing, “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” ~ Herophiles
Be patient..because it is the toughest part. You don’t lose your extra flab overnight or gain tone up body and muscle quickly….it takes time and dedication to embrace the changes for a healthy lifestyle. After one and half years of home workout, I already see major changes. I feel stronger than ever, empowered, and excited for my fitness future.
There will be many a times injuries will throw a wrench in any progress you make, there will be a point where you can barely move for several days but giving up will never be the best solution.
Have I reached my goals?
Definitely not. I am on the way of ‘an epic quest towards awesomeness’ and it takes time, patience and dedication. I am absolutely excited to see what the future has to hold.
“Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to. We’re talking about three to six hours a week – or a minimum of thirty minutes a day, every other day. That hardly seems an inordinate amount of time considering the tremendous benefits in terms of the impact on the other 162 – 165 hours of the week.” ~ Stephen Covey
Note: The fitness journey is an epic one. You may make the decision in an instant, but remember result may not appear so quickly. Be patient, it will definitively happen.