When dealing with New Year’s Resolutions, most people have healthy living at the top of their list. It is a wonderful goal to set out to attain, but what does healthy living really consist of? In April of last year, I would have told you healthy living was making sure I am physically fit. Once I obtained that goal, I would be good.
If it were only that easy, I would not be writing this today. I would enjoy my accomplishments, and I would be looking forward to 2017 without the worries of needing to lose a few extra pounds. The funny thing is I should have known there was a lot more to healthy living than just what the scales said. It goes far beyond your BMI, blood pressure, or cholesterol numbers.
I will submit to you that healthy living encompasses three areas of life. At least, it does for me. If you think really hard about it, it probably does for everyone. These three areas include your physical, financial, and spiritual make up. When one of those three are out of whack, great news can be hard to come by.
As with most things, I will have the tendency to use myself as an example going forward. There is an old song by Meatloaf called “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” In healthy living, that isn’t the case. For me, 2016 saw me get a handle on one area, kind of wrap my brain around what I needed to do in a second area, and fail miserably in a third area.
Let’s start with the good news. I know most people like the bad news first, but you will understand how I lulled myself into thinking I had hit a home run only to have the rug yanked right out from under me.
Physical Healthy Living
In April, I stepped on my Wii Fit Scales, and I weighed a whopping 262 pounds. It was the highest I had ever weighed in my life. I was wearing size 40 waist (probably should have been a 42), and I looked like someone had melted me down and poured me into my extra-large shirt. I was fat.
As luck would have it, the end of April also saw me hit the big 4-0! Let me tell you. Thirty may very well be the new 20, but 40 is just old. Understanding my family history (high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity), I recognized I was at a critical juncture in my life. I decided I wanted to do something about it.
To make a long story short, I did. I made just a few changes to my life that we will go over later that made all of the difference in the world. It was really more of a mental mindset that needed to change before I could ever begin to stick to my guns and lose the weight. However, I had done this in the past only to see myself put the weight back on again.
I played football growing up, and injuries are beginning to take their toll on me. In the warm summer months, working out is no problem, but it are the cold damp winter months that always stump me. My goal was to try to get down to about 220 pounds by Thanksgiving. Then, I thought I would have to fight through the holidays to keep the weight off.
Armed with my new mindset, I was at 215 pounds before Thanksgiving, and as I sit here now through the holidays, that weight is holding firm. I wish that I could tell you that healthy living could be reached with just that, but let’s move on.
Spiritual Healthy Living
I grew up a preacher’s kid. PK. I know we have a reputation of being one way or the other. For the most part, I have always tried to stay on the straight and narrow.
As a father, it is important to me to instill spirituality in my children. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus came and died for my sins. Really, I have always believed that healthy living had a spiritual focus, but I think I have been misguided.
While I have been faithful to my wife, that is not something that makes me spiritually healthy.
I don’t get drunk, that is not something that makes me spiritually healthy.
While I don’t…you get what I am saying? Just because you don’t do something that doesn’t make you spiritually healthy.
I know that. I am sure if religion is a part of your life you know that as well. It is just so easy today to look at what everyone else is doing wrong, and if we are doing it “right,” we are okay. I fell into this trap.
I am not an awful person, but I am in no way shape or form practicing spiritual healthy living.
Financial Healthy Living
Well, if you guessed this is where the rug gets pulled out, give yourself a high five. I am a sales representative for educational furniture. At least up until December 31, I was a sales representative for educational sales furniture.
About three years ago, I had a really good two-year period. I had made a goal for myself to hit $100,000 in a year. I thought if I could just do that I would have arrived. Well, I did it. I hit the number. I followed it up with a little over $80,000 the next year. You would think that I would feel a little pride.
A funny thing happened though when January 3, 2015 started. I didn’t feel like I had arrived. I was no happier than I was when January 3, 2000 hit, and I was making $24,000 a year just out of college. It was a sobering fact.
Sure, the money has given me stuff, but what does that really mean. For some maybe it is financial healthy living, but it isn’t for me.
In Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World Class Performers, Ferriss interviews a gentleman, and he says, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Now, what can you do to get there in six months?” While six months may not be feasible for some, it gets back to the mindset.
Where To Go From Here
When we talk about healthy living, it isn’t about the weight, good deeds, or stuff. It is about the mindset you have in each of those three categories. This is what will give you the peace that everyone is looking for.
Too many times, we are all focusing on the object in each of those areas of our life. If we do that, I am confident that we will never truly reach our full potential. At one point or another in my life, I felt that I had mastered each of those areas only to find that it had escaped me.
If you want to know what to expect from this blog, it’s simple. This is a site about healthy living and what we can do to get there. I am going to focus on these three areas. We are going to talk about changing our mindset. This will put us on course to whatever goal you might have for yourself.
If you can, do me just one favor though, it is this. Commit to healthy living in all three of the areas we have discussed. While “two out of three ain’t bad” for Meatloaf, all three is important in real life, and together we are going to get there.