Now, Work At Getting Healthy!

In the first installation of this 3 part blog post, I discussed a new approach to defining health. I proposed, as many health experts out there have already recognized, that health is not a destination, rather a state of being that must be constantly maintained. The first step in my guide to achieving this elusive state is acceptance of fact that most of us are not there—that the ailments we often suffer from and brush under the table a bigger problem than we acknowledge. The second truth about becoming healthy is as follows: Other than the few and far between un-curable health conditions out there, most of our health problems today are caused one person: ourselves. Based upon this second truth, we find that beginning to make the appropriate modifications to thought processes and behaviors to affect the desired change is the next step in the journey to health. Although you may think that you’ve gone too far down the slippery slope of being unhealthy, you must realize that you can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.In order to experience changes in your life YOU have to change. In my own personal experience, this part of the lesson was the most difficult. I wanted a to be healthy and happy, but like everything else at the time it felt out of my reach. So, at the end of Christmas break, the night before I was to leave the comfort of my dad’s home and make the two hour drive back to school for another semester of poor decisions leading to poorer health, I sat my father and step mom down for a talk. I poured my heart out to them, telling them the story of what had been going on in my secluded little world and, in the end, imploring my father to go back with me to help me get started on cleaning things up. My dad couldn’t deny my request and the next day we traveled back down to school and began doing research and making phone calls. We were lucky to find a network of professionals to help along the way. I worked with a chiropractor for the migraines, who later referred me to a therapist for some of the confidence issues, and finally a personal trainer who ran a boot camp program to tackle the base issues. As each of their processes began to produce results, I became increasingly well, and increasingly aware of the fact that while I couldn’t help having predispositions to headaches and depression, I was responsible for making those things and the other issues I was having worse. Each decision I made to not get off the couch, to have a whole box of macaroni and cheese for dinner, to sleep through a class, was putting me farther and farther away from optimum health. I was the problem and I was that something that needed to change in my life. For months I worked to develop a new sense of self-discipline. I became militant with the new diet my trainer assigned to me. I pushed myself harder than I had ever believed possible physically. I did homework assignments I had missed at school and ones assigned by my therapist. I saw the chiropractor sometimes twice a week for all kinds of new-age treatments I hadn’t heard of before. All said and done, by the end of the spring semester I had dropped 35 pounds, gotten rid of most of my headaches, completed requirements for graduation, and was feeling much better overall. And although I had tons of help along the way, I was the one who had put in the dirty work to make it all happen. Portia Willy is the guest blog writer for this 3 part post.  She is writing from experience, challenges, and successes she has had with her weight journey.  She is also a member and walking testament of Summit Fit Dojo's Small Group Personal Training program.  Portia is a certified personal trainer and coach at Summit Fit Dojo.

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