This is the healthy-me remix
I do not deny it, I have lived a very privileged life.
I am fortunate to have a family who has always provided me with anything I needed. My family has had a very difficult history and never wanted my brother and I to go through the same struggles they endured.
I have also lived a gluttonous life. That is, I always got what I wanted, irrespective of the cost. Neither time nor effort is of much concern to me – both I felt I could always spend freely; and I have worked hard to live the lifestyle I lead. However, a downside to this gluttony, as glaringly obvious as it may seem, is that I’ve not always taken care of my health.
I have lived an almost sedentary lifestyle, I hardly slept, and I have over-indulged in just about every which way possible.
This, incidentally, has led me to my current (large) shape.
And it’s not that I didn’t care for a healthy lifestyle, but it just never occurred to me to take care of things now. As I said, I’ve always felt that I’m time and effort-rich.
Cue the wake-up call
When a loved one pointed out to me that I live unhealthily, and that she could not bear watching me live like this – it was truly a smack in the face (or insert other cliche of choice here).
Who could blame her? Looking back, I’m quite disappointed at how I’ve really let things go. For someone who loves life so much, it saddens me that I didn’t take the time to take care of my own. And I don’t mean the fact that I’m overweight (that can be fixed). But it’s taking more time to stop and smell the roses, being more active, and spending time with those that matter to me.
That moment was a real paradigm shift. And I don’t mean this in a fad-diet-exercise kinda way. I have taken the time since then to really examine my life – and I have to say, I’m loving what I’ve found, and more importantly, where I am going.
So now, I have a renewed zest for life. Not that I didn’t have one before (those who know me know that I’m just about batshit crazy passionate), but now, I have a renewed love for what’s important – staying healthy.
And let’s be clear on one thing: this isn’t about proving someone wrong or about winning a sick, sick bet – it’s all about doing something that I love for me.
So what does that entail you ask?
#1 Take care of my weight and get back into game shape. That, for me, is not really a long-term issue: I’ve lost over 50 pounds before, so I know how to do that healthily.
#2 Eat healthily. Gone are the days of multiple pounds of wings, ribs, beer, and ice cream. Gotta watch what’s going in the machine!
#3 Live actively. That’s right. I’ve a plethora of activities I’ve begun, will try anything, and will ultimately stick with the ones that I love, including salsa, jogging, swimming, biking, and golf.
#4 Take time to just enjoy those around me. I’m a pretty social guy and perhaps take networking to an extreme. But some relationships deserve more time than others, and they need more of my time including family and close friends.
#5 Do random, fun things on other people’s bucket lists. I’m going to leave this at that for now
So how’s it going?
The truth? I’m loving it. It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve had a 360 in my lifestyle, and I don’t think I’m ever going back. The truth is a healthy lifestyle is super rewarding – and I fucking love it. But since you’re probably an accountant, let me tell you the numbers: I’ve lost over 10 pounds and 1.5 inches and have gained some lean mass since I’ve embarked on my new adventure. I’ve spent a lot more time with my close friends and have rekindled old relationships. I’ve started doing things I’d never do, am open to doing anything adventurous, and will likely do something batshit crazy by the end of this month. I’m taking more time for myself, and have started to push back on stresors in my life. But most of all, for the first time ever, I truly, truly feel healthy.
Yeah, but will it last?
Hell yeah. And I’m willing to bet on it. Seriously. No, really, I have. I have made a very large wager with a couple of good friends of mine to ensure that we all stay on our healthy lifestyle fix. The reality is that I’m going to win hands down – I love this too much to not.
So there you have it, the next time you see me, ask me how things are going, and chances are I’m going to tell you: check out the remix.