Health is extremely important.
But it isn’t everything.
When I started on the journey to lose weight several years ago, I had finally reached the point when I said, “Enough is enough. I’m going to lose weight, for real this time.” It required a complete overhaul of my life. I started watching everything I ate and drank. I scheduled exercise into each day. I developed habits that supported my mission. I changed everything.
Nearly two years after I started, I had finally lost all of the weight – over 100lbs. I won’t lie, it was a great feeling. I looked great, felt great, and looked at life differently. There was a problem, though. I did look at life differently, but more often than not, it was through the lens of my health. I was obsessed. I had lost 120 lbs. and the truth is, I feared gaining it back. I always thought about my weight, and had this strange feeling that I wasn’t quite doing enough to keep it. I saw my whole life through the perspective of my physical health.
I did two hard workouts every day. I counted calories and kept to a strict diet. I turned down time spent with friends because my schedule told me to be at the gym. I spent my free time researching workouts and diets. I read books and blogs, and looked at more before and after photos than I can remember. Yes, my physical health was amazing, but the rest of my life was suffering. I needed a major shift in my life, and I didn’t know how to do it.
I had to realize a hard truth, especially for someone who had been overweight for most of his life.
Health isn’t everything.
It is super important. But so is family. So are my friends. So is my work. So are the dreams I’m going after. They need attention, too. It took some time, but I began to slowly pull away from the obsession. I still make an effort to maintain my health, but now through daily discipline and established habits. Meaning, I don’t think about it all day, every day. It’s just one part of my life.
I want encourage you to do the same.
If you are still trying to lose weight, and struggling to do so, then, believe it or not, your problem may be your focus. Losing weight can never be the ultimate goal. It must be result of going after the real goal: a healthy life in every way.
To become the “real you”, your physical health needs to be corrected, but it is not the ultimate goal. You simply need to be healthy and fit so you can live, and think, and love, and grow the way you were always meant to. You need to be physically healthy so you can accomplish the real dreams in your heart, and no, that’s not just a vague, motivational aspiration. You have real dreams, and you must become the person who can accomplish them. Your health is vitally important to that mission, but it is not the mission itself.
So, from here on out on this blog, we’re going to focus on becoming healthy in every way. We’re going to learn how to build habits that not only improve your physical health, but your mental and spiritual health. We’ve got to move into living a life that produces a healthy body as a side effect of going after the real mission. We have to awaken the dream within us. We have to recover the person that was lost along the way. We have to truly live.
Join me on this journey. We will lose the weight on our bodies, yes, but we’ll also lose the weight everywhere else. We will become who we always meant to be.
For real this time.
What areas of your life besides your health are you struggling with? Let me know in the comments or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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