Thursday, July 10, 2014

My primer for health and happiness

I just came across this post that was saved in my drafts, and decided to finish it and post it here.

According to Lorna Jane, this is all you need to do to find your happy and have a good day. I agree with their list, and I add on to that list in this post:

Here's the STELebrity Fit Club primer for health and happiness:

Stop complaining.
Just do it. I actually get physically ill hearing other people complain (when it's incessant). There's a difference between complaining (and doing it all the time) and venting. 

If you find yourself regularly doing the former to family and friends, I advise you to check yourself before you wreck yourself. 

Apparently, when you have IBS, it doesn't have to be your own stress that sends your digestive tract into a frenzy. Over the past few years, I've had to run to the restroom a few times while out at dinner with friends or coworkers because hearing stories of other people's stresses caused me to have an immediate digestive reaction, to put it lightly.

Stay in your lane. Focus on where you are, and who you're with, rather than letting your thoughts trail off to negative places.

Control what's in your jurisdiction.
I recently told my RPMers that the amount of resistance on their bikes is the one thing in their day that they can control.

So much in our day-to-day is out of our control. Life is chaotic, and we constantly have to make choices. Control what you can, and learn to cope with what you can't.

If you hate your job, and talk about your hatred of it to anyone who will listen, spend that energy searching for another opportunity. I promise you, a job change, while scary and risky and time-consuming, can completely turn your life around for the better. We have one life to live on this planet, and limited years to do it, so you might as well spend as much time as you can doing something you love - or at least, not wasting time doing something you absolutely hate.

Stop comparing yourself to other people, or even to yourself.
Comparison is the thief of joy.

There's always going to be someone who's richer, fitter, skinnier, better looking, etc. than you.

But should that matter?

You are you.
And to quote Seuss, "...that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

So why do we do it? Why do we beat ourselves up and get so upset when we encounter someone who seems to be doing so much better than us, on whatever metric we've chosen (wealth, looks, happiness, etc.)?

It's human nature, and I dare you to push those feelings aside in order to break through the barriers keeping you from the straight and narrow path to success.

Take measurements of things that matter most.

I don't let a number on the scale define me or derail me, but from time to time, I like to have a gauge and remind myself of where I've been, what I've done, and what I can do.

Unfortunately, it typically takes less time to gain than it does to lose.

You made the choices that got you to where you are, and you can either accept or challenge that, but there's no use in getting defeated over it all.

Today, I weigh more than I did a year ago, and it's something I'm working on in the kitchen and in the gym to change, day in and day out. To say that it's a struggle is an understatement, but I know what I need to do, and I'm taking the necessary steps to get there.

I am constantly changing things up, like:

  • Developing a full-on addiction to City Surf Fitness and constantly getting pushed beyond my limits there, 5 days a week 

That's me in the black tank in the middle at Buddha Board Yoga (Tuesdays at 730P)

  • Adding running into my routine, which is due to me recently getting a Fitbit to con me into meeting and exceeding my daily 10K step goal, and changing my intake quite a bit, to get closer to where I want to be. City Surf also nudged me into running, thanks to me having a free Wednesday night to try a new class, the City Surf Run Club. It's now a FREE class (sign up online) on Wednesdays at 6A, which sadly coincides with my RPM teaching timeslot.

GET THE GEAR. SPI Belt is a game-changer, as is the iPhone arm band and the Fit Bit Flex. No more logistic excuses keeping me from running!

3rd workout of the day on Monday to get my last remaining steps in

Getting faster every time! If only my left Achilles wouldn't hurt so much the second I start running...

  • On Monday, I'm going to get back on the 21-Day Sugar Detox. Third time's a charm, I hope, since I've failed around day eight (read: got VIOLENTLY ill) the first two tries.

We're more than halfway through 2014, and there's plenty of time to finish this year where you want to be.

PS I went to New York, and it was amazing, and everything I hoped it could be. I didn't get close enough to the Stage Door mob to get a selfie WITH Daniel Radcliffe, but I did get some solid close-up pix from standing on my tip-toes. Until we meet again, Dan...

The view from my hotel room. Thank you.

With love and solidarity,

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