It is the beginning of another New Year and with that comes the inevitable resolution. Soon after often arrives feelings of disappointment and frustration. Why?….because fewer than 8 percent of resolutions are achieved.
The media marketing of the New Year and resolutions has created the impression that a simple change in number on the Gregorian calendar creates a clean slate. As if January 1st resets something biologically and that you have to be quick to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
I don’t mean to bum you out. If you are using the new year as the motivation for change, it is simply a bad idea as the odds are not in your favor.
Every year the varied media outlets bombard us with New Years resolutions. We see and hear reports about life changing events that others have created. They make it seem so simple that when it fails, 92+% of the time, you think “What is wrong with me?” We want to be part of the success, we want to feel like we belong.
Considering the lack of success rate, the only people really benefiting are those running to the bank with fistfuls of your $$$ spent on gym memberships, exercise equipment, magic supplements, special cleansing products, exercise DVD’s, books, etc.
This happens every year and most people don’t recognize it. “This year it is going to be different!!!”
The New Year has become one more marketing event to sell you something. Personally, I will never promote resolutions as a reason to work with me and take advantage of my health building strategies. What I will do, is be an advocate of annual goals and the correct mindset to ensure success.
If you are ready to initiate real lifestyle change and it happens to fall around the beginning of the new year, that is fine by me and great for you. I also don’t care if it happens at 6:13am on February 7th while you are getting a shower. What is important is that you decide on a goal, an objective, a dream. We can call it your North Star. Behind that North Star is an individual with the proper motivation to change and the belief in not only themselves, but also the health building program.
While being healthy is a birth-rite, creating that more beautiful healthier you is a challenging journey of opportunities. It won’t happen accidentally. Yet the destination is reachable.
[Rant #1] Before continuing, I want to clarify a common error. Being physically fit is not the same as being healthy. A significant portion of the population believes that how fast/far you can run, how much weight you can move, or how defined your abdominal muscles are the healthier you are. This belief is wrong and damaging to your health. Some of the most unhealthy clients I have known are the most physically fit.
Yes, exercise and movement are important, but more is not always better. Train smarter, not harder or longer. Regardless of intensity, frequency or duration, you can’t out-train poor lifestyle habits.
If you’re healthy, it is much easier to get fit as the body has the energy, vitality and reserves to not only be challenged, but also be able to recover. [Time to move on….]
Now I offer my perspective on health building:
- Your current state of health is due to how you interact with people, places and things. In other words, your health is the result of the environment in which you live and the lifestyle choices you make within that environment.
- “What about genetics, it runs in the family, there is nothing I can do!” Or, “I did gene testing and I am predisposed to this, or that, so it will happen and I can’t do anything about it.”
[Rant #2] If you look at the science of epigenetics, you will discover that genetics plays a role at most of roughly 5%. This means 95% of your health is due to; the environment you live in and the lifestyle choices made within that environment. Plus, a gene defect does not mean gene expression, it merely says that if the wrong variables come into play within the environment you live and the lifestyle choices you make then of all the possible outcomes, a predisposition is more likely to express itself, though it is still not guaranteed. […keep moving]
- If you don’t like your current situation (state of health), then you have to change variables. You have to change how you interact with people, places and things.
- You have to be honest with yourself and recognize how and why you interact with people, places and things especially when the outcome is not what you wish it to be.
[Rant #3] Why you do the things you do that create an unhealthier you can be for many reasons:
- It is a reaction to a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual trauma (this results in a behavior that is often in direct opposition to the trauma. Doing the opposite of something is rarely the optimal choice, it is merely a reaction. While reacting instinctively can save your life, it is rarely a way to live long-term. [Moving on]
- You believe you need to behave or act in a manner that is out of sync with who you really are, your true identity. Being unsure of your core values is a guaranteed way to continue inappropriate choices.
- It is a learned behavior from your childhood (your parents or guardians did not mean to screw with you [in most cases], they did the best they could with the information they had [see above] and what they learned during their childhood…do you see a pattern?)
- You were lied to or misled with incorrect information (this “bad” information usually is due to an agenda that is not in your best interest but is meant to acquire $$$, influence or control)
- Diagnosis, signs and symptoms are important, offering information. Treating them is merely a band-aid. True health requires detective work, turning over every stone, getting to the root of the problem and correcting the underlying cause to allow the body to do what it is designed to…heal itself.
- Functional lab testing is an excellent way to discover H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors or healing opportunities within the metabolic chaos that is part of being unhealthy:
Hormones imbalances / Adrenal function
Digestion / Absorption (mucosal barrier) / Elimination
Detoxification (3 stages of detoxification)
- Once you understand what the functional lab results say, relative to you the individual, then you can begin executing change with the D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Lifestyle Grounding Program:
Supplements / Hormones
- The DRESS program is holistic in scope, rooted in science and uniquely customizable. Once learned it can be fine-tuned and adjusted for the rest of your life.
- Healing takes time. The longer issues have existed, the more severe the problem, the more engrained the behavior, the more discipline that is needed. You can’t just reverse the direction of a moving train. It has to slow down first….
- Increasing energy and vitality levels can be achieved in a short time, such as 4-6 weeks. Successfully detoxing from heavy metals and invasive toxins can take 12, 18 or 24+ months.
[Rant #4] Just because you begin feeling better, does not mean you are better. Don’t make this mistake and set yourself back a few weeks or more. It takes time to build up energetic reserves to defend against and resolve poor lifestyle decisions. [short & simple]
It is easy to get frustrated when it comes to setting and accomplishing goals, especially when it comes to your own health. Many individuals, especially women find it easier to put their energy into taking care of others. Or we simply accept our problems as part of aging.
Changing behaviors is not simple. No one said life was or should be easy.
If you want to be healthy you have to do it for the most important person in your life…the person you see every time you look into the mirror. You deserve to be healthy, happy, full of vitality and functionally fit.
You are in control of your own health destiny. I nor anyone else, no matter how many letters of the alphabet appear after their name can make you healthy. All I can do is offer my knowledge, experiences and ever-growing tools at my disposal to assist you on your health journey.
Whenever you are ready, my door is open to discuss how to set yourself up for success.