6 months

Well, here it is. It has been more than 6 months than I started this little piece of writing. I have slowed down on the writing but I have not forgotten. I have learned a lot in these last 6 months, and yet I feel the same in some ways. I feel the intention of this blog has changed a little as well. I wanted to have very inspiring bits of text, showing my transformation in a huge way, encouraging comments and assisting everyone that happens upon this page in their own journey towards health. Instead, I feel this has been more of a therapy for myself, a reminder that nobody is perfect and that we are all constantly working on personal development. I started with categories, but as I have written I realize that it’s difficult to separate my transformation towards a better, healthier, life because everything truly is entangled. I guess that’s why it’s called “holistic”. I still believe that a transformation is different for everyone but I have also begun to realize that there are specific ways to be healthy that apply to everyone. For example: increasing whole foods in your diet, decreasing processed foods; increasing exercise (the type varies for everyone) to a minimum of 30 minutes a day beyond normal; Finding a positive mental health activity to do daily (whether that’s meditation, yoga, socializing, gratitude journal, or simply taking time to yourself for at least 30 minutes a day); budgeting and putting money in investments of some type (the time is NOW), as WELL as paying down debt in an organized plan; and LASTLY enjoy the journey and don’t compare to others because only you know what works for you and everyone has their own timeline.

That being said, I want to start by acknowledging the positive changes I have made that have helped contribute to my success in becoming healthier. I have mentioned it before, but consistency in exercising has been HUGE for me. Not only have I noticed positive changes when I look in the mirror, but I feel happier and more energized when I do intense workouts at least 2x a week and focus more on keeping active on my days off. I admit that the last month I have slipped a little, I have fallen into the trap of “I’m too tired”, “I’m working too much”, and “I really just want to sit down and spend time with my husband so I’ll watch this movie/TV show etc” – but then I remind myself that I don’t feel good when this happens and so I am more motivated to get up and get active. It helps that the weather has been so nice and I’ve been able to get back on my bicycle!

A contribution to falling off the horse is recognizing where my bad habits stem from – and I view this as a positive too because it’s important to know your faults in order to change. For example, when I come home from doing something (whether that’s work, an exercise class, or a visit with someone) I make myself a lunch and that triggers me to sit down and watch “an episode” of TV while I’m eating, which sometimes turns into an entire afternoon/evening of sitting on the couch. Being conscious of this, I’m trying to make it more of a habit to make my lunch and leave the room where the TV is visible – go outside and sit on the patio, go into the office and eat by the computer (at least this way I can be productive in other ways), sit at the kitchen table with a notebook and write down the things I want to accomplish: long term and short term goals.

In the past 6 months I have also become a lot more confident in my future success. I have learned a lot through listening to many motivational books, hanging out with successful people, and practicing gratitude. I strongly believe that if I continue to visualize my goals, write them down, listen and observe for ways to achieve them, and continue to evaluate my progress I will be living a life that past me would envy – or be proud of. I have noticed that when my faith strays, so does the positive energy coming to me and my view of the world. Here are some key things I have picked up in the research I have done that I feel the need to share: You get more out of life by listening than by talking; Simply smiling and giving yourself a pep talk can make your day better – ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it; Using a calendar and a notebook to continue to review progress and follow-through on goals is ESSENTIAL (and something I’m still working on, but have improved); Celebrating success (especially small wins) is ESSENTIAL to achieving positive habits; lastly, getting out of our comfort zones is HARD but also NECESSARY to achieve change. People can laugh at the “cliche” of everything here, mock the advice in self-help books and eye roll at others who say/post cheesy quotes such as “if you are able to imagine it, it is not unrealistic”, BUT what do their lives look like? Chances are they are not living a life that Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey are. Chances are they are not a CEO or the head of a department or a leader of any type, but an average Joe that is bitter at life and continues to tell themselves that “This is just the way it is for me. These are the cards I have been handed and I just have to live with it. I just need to be realistic and be happy in the life I’ve been given”.. etc.

My birthday is in 2 days. Every year on my birthday I reflect on the past year, celebrate my accomplishments and the adventures I have had, look back at the goals I have set and see if I have achieved them and if I have not, make a new plan for the coming year. Even though I started this blog in the new year, it makes more sense to me to revise my goals and make new ones at the start of MY new year, since this is MY life and I only have one.

I look forward to going over my goals again, setting more stepping stones to achieving mini-goals and looking long term into the next 5-10-15 years. I am hard on myself sometimes, for I am only human. However I KNOW this year is different. This year and every year following I will continue to work on me, continue to take the advice of successful people who have found their healthiest version of themselves and who don’t stop there, but continue to redefine success and health.

So to end, here’s another “cheesy” life quote: