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Prioritize Yourself

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In my professional career, I've noticed some distinct lines being drawn between all the assessments I perform and clients I train. I can usually pick up on it within a matter of seconds.

I think there are essentially 2 ways we run into problems in living a healthy life:

  • We haven't put a priority on our health in the first place.

  • We have simply put too much priority on our healthy habits.

If you fit in the former, there's not much I can say that will sway you. Finding an external motivation will get you moving, while an internal motivation will keep you going when times get tough, as they most assuredly will. While I can help you identify those, I can't give them to you directly.

You'll know you haven't put a priority on your health if you say things like:

  • "I just always want to have dessert."

  • "I simply don't have time to exercise."

  • "I really don't like healthy food."

If you've made healthy living a priority, you'll find a way, period. It sounds harsh, but it's true. Think about it, if somebody handed you the keys to a car and told you to strap yourself in and drive it off a cliff, you'd refuse. Why? Because that's simply something you don't do. End of story.

Now apply that to exercise or healthy eating. If you exercise at home but have to travel, assuming it's important to you, you'll find a way. Hotels have gyms. Day or week guest passes at area gyms are not expensive. Exploring the area with a brisk walk is absolutely free. But skipping the workout is akin to driving off the cliff, it's simply not an option.

If exercising, however, is something you only do on occasion, you'll brush it off. At most, you'll suffer a slight tinge of guilt and promise yourself you'll do extra when you get home. After all, you're on vacation or in a strange place. I mean, they don't even have the equipment you like to use, so why bother. Am I right?

Conversely, some of us can become so engrained in our healthy habits that we allow them to get in the way of our actual lives. It's good to be healthy, but when healthy becomes an obsession, it can be a problem.

If your family has to postpone leaving the hotel room for Disney World because you've yet to hit your requisite 60 minutes on the elliptical, it may be an obsession. If you slap birthday cake out of your grandmother's hands as she's offering it to you, it may be an obsession.

Ask yourself, where do you fit? If you've prioritized your health, then good for you. High fives all around. But if you've made loved ones, or yourself, suffer from a borderline obsession, you may need to reshape that priority.

Above all else, remember that life is about balance. We're only here for one go 'round. It is possible to enjoy our experiences while also feeling our absolute best. It takes an amount of self-awareness mixed with prioritization with a dash of balance, but it can be done. Getting the proper ratio is, much like life itself, more a form of art than science. Let's see what you can create.

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