The Keys to Living a Vibrant Life into Your 90’s and Beyond
After a long hiatus, on Wednesday, March 4 I decided it was time to come out from my self-imposed winter-weight hibernation and start practicing again what I preach in smartphoneFIT. I was getting back on the court, being honest and accountable with myself by sharing what I’m thinking, and the results I’m getting with any and all that want to support my accountability.
That approach isn’t for everyone, but for myself, and many others, “declaring + sharing” can be very powerful to stay on any plan, be it eating or exercising to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and ultimately live life well.
Previously, all of my “Weigh In Wednesday” musing were only in video on social media. This time around, I decided to share my thoughts on #couchkills, linking back to my social media channels. Until today I haven’t done any videos, and going forward there will be a video for each post.
So here’s a quick recap of what I’ve shared to date on “Weigh In Wednesday.”
My first “Weigh In Wednesday” musing was an article titled “No One Thought I Would Make It.” I opened the piece with the story about when I was only two weeks old I lost over 50% my body weight, truly an early “Biggest Loser.” It was also the first time in a while that I shared what my scale said. And I shared that I started writing a book titled My Last 100 Lbs (this was my declaration to the Universe that I was ready to leave the weight of my past, in the past, forever). What really excites me about this book is that it will be a collection of stories from people who have not only lost the weight but have kept it off for at least 5 years.
So on Wednesday, March 11, I shared in an article titled “I’ve Lost 100 Pounds Two Dozen Times.” that I was in an “OK Plateau.” This is when you are neither being excited about where you are, or really being bothered by it. But all that changed when I saw the scale that morning. Shocked that I had put on 9 lbs in a week, I was ready to get my head back into getting down, and then staying at a healthy BMI of around 170lbs. This is where I should be for my height.
Then on Wednesday, March 18 I released “Running Everyday: Are These People Crazy?” where I shared what inspired me to run a minimum of 1 mile a day for 365 days straight. I also shared my intention to run the NYC Marathon under 5 hours, and with my eye on matching the 2014 average finish time of 4:34:45 minutes. And I was glad to see the scale start moving in the right direction.
What I shared on Wednesday, March 25, has been the most read article to date, titled “One Thing Was Holding Me Back From My Full Potential.” In that piece I took a deeper dive into my “secret eating.” I also shared the declaration I made to to Kim that I was done with having “secret eating” hold me back from my potential.
I also shared that I started working on a second book titled It’s Secret No More, which is another book where I will share my journey to out and move beyond my personal challenges with secret eating. My goal to is also include plenty of stories from others who have done the same, and how they overcame it as well.
So, that takes us to today, Wednesday April 1, and “No Foolin”, after what I saw last night, There Has Been A Major Shift In My Brain! Not only about what I need to be doing for my wellness, but in what I share about wellness for everyone.
Thanks to an introduction from my friend, colleague and author of a multitude of brain health books [her latest #Recharge], Heidi Hanna PhD, I got to see in person last night the latest work Dr. Amen is doing about “brain health.” It was not only eye opening, it was life changing.
If you aren’t familiar with his work, I’ll just provide you with a link to his web site Amen Clinics, so you can explore it yourself. And please do, you’ll be amazed at how important brain health and stress management is to not only help you lose weight and feel much better today, but live a much more vibrant life into your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and yes, even beyond.
If you’ve followed my social media feeds, and have started reading my train of thought in #couchkills, you’ll see I’m more interested in “what’s eating us, than what we should be eating.” Now don’t get me wrong I’m a firm believer that we all need to eat well and move more, but until the mind is engaged nothing gets better.
Last night really put a cherry on the top of the world I intend to play in for the rest of my life, and that is to be a student of “The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing” as defined in Tom Rath’s and Jim Harter’s book and web site.
I’m passionate to learn from the world’s best thought leaders in the world of ontology, cognitive behavior therapy, stress management and brain health. I believe each of these areas are the pillars to empowering people to create a new relationship with their thoughts, beliefs and actions to produce the wellness results they’re committed to living.
So let me close this very long post with a brief video:
Here is the current “tale of my scale”… I weighed in this morning at 271.6 lbs
Please leave a comment, and if you’d like to share your story and what you’ve learned with others in one of my books “My Last 100 Lbs” or “It’s No Secret” please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org