I was listening to the late Dr. Wayne Dyer's Podcast the other day (he passed away in 2015, if you don't know who he is, please look him up, he shares many powerful messages). When describing his current wellness routine at then 70+ years old, he referred to the routine as a "Radical Wellness" plan. I really connected with this statement, this bold commitment. I admired his willingness to go to extremes and jump in with both feet. Sometimes we need to get real and honest with ourselves. Change is challenging and sometimes means pushing outside of your comfort zone.
This is not a punishment or quest for aestheticism It is a journey toward true wellness and connectivity. It is a recalibration of the body and mind.
I know I talk a lot about sustainability and about doing things that feel good. But sometimes to get to that place, you need to get radical. Sometimes you need to tear it all down to start over again and find a new home base, a new normal. What once seemed unsustainable can become your norm as long as it is coming from a place of health and love. For example, drinking water every morning may seem like a pain or a chore, but once you are in the routine and seeing great results, it becomes a must as well as a pleasure.
Being in the fitness industry for 15 years I have tried it all. Years ago as a young personal trainer (before I had kids) I was all about sugar free, low carb and high protein. There were days my heart was pounding from the sugar free Red bull and I was squashing my sugar cravings with chocolatey protein bars. Being "fit" meant calories in versus calories out and the quality of food I ate didn't seem to matter.
I was all over the map as far as lifestyle was concerned. I would be teaching a yoga class by day and bartending by night. I was in bed early all week and up all night on the weekend. You know what...It wasn't working for me. One might think it was balanced: Healthy most of the time, but having fun too...sounds perfect! well, it didn't work that way for me.
Not only was my body stressed out from inflammatory foods (dairy, caffeinated drinks and processed so called "health foods") add in alcohol, late nights and tons of exercise and my inflammation was through the roof! I felt puffy, I gained a little weight and my skin broke out (I blame dairy for that one), something wasn't right. I need to get radical.
This is when I took my health to the next level. I had to tear it down and start again. Here began my journey towards real health. It wasn't about what I looked like, it was about how I felt and what the state of my life was. No more bartending, no more late nights, no more meat, no more dairy...I went extreme.
When you focus on feeling better the rest follows. You will love and appreciate your body more. It may transform before your very eyes. Be aware you must mind your mind for this transformation. Your mind is your most powerful tool. I am still on my journey, every year I fine tune my habits and routines. I throw out old ones and impliment new ones. I am always changing and growing. To be honest anytime something is stuck or not working it comes down to my mindset. My thoughts. Our thoughts create our reality, so be conscious about what you think.
If you are ready for radical change, it means you are ready to truly commit to yourself and high quality living, high quality thoughts. I am not saying you have to go vegan or quit socializing to find radical wellness, you just have to commit to finding what works for you. Maybe its paleo, vegetarian, whole foods or a mix of them all. Maybe you do yoga everyday, take long walks, meditate or take up a new sport. Maybe you slow down, quiet your mind and do less. Whatever you envision as health and vitality can be yours. Whatever you choose, whatever excites and inspires you, go for it! Go all in.
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