As the summer heat of Central Illinois appears to be in full force… I am also reminded each year at this time that I am getting older, culminated by my early June Birthday. A day in the modern of social media, is not an easy day to forget. Its also another opportunity to reflect on your achievements from this past year, and if like most folks, some of your short comings. I think about all the things that have occurred in my life, the changes that have taken shape, and realize that there will never be an easy button. If you plan to keep moving forward and evolving you have to be willing to “Accept the Challenge”.
- To understand what things work, and what things really do not work and become debilitating in my overall pursuit of happiness.
- To understand that the definition of healthy is not equated to what we may think it is based on the social norms. (I.E. Healthy != Skinny) Healthy is about feeling good about one’s self.
- To realize that living an active life is essential and long term. The need to find other ways beside hitting a gym 24X7 is a way of engaging in healthy practices to help achieve my goals is a more sustainable “healthy” approach.
Some of my more recent changes have been the purchase of my Trek Hybrid bike. The best of both worlds, comfort and light weight to allow for long rides, but rugged enough to take off the “main” roads and enjoy nature, the great outdoors. I needed a way to allow my body to get a good cardio workout, with low impact to my body and with the added benefit of fun. I found I was excited to come home, jump on the bike and pedal around for over an hour, hitting 10 miles on my ride. Not so shabby for a guy that has not been on 2 wheels without an engine in over 20 years. Sometimes the idea of 60 burpee’s in a workout or running 2 miles, just makes it hard to hit the box, and this is awesome alternative!!
Continuously to review and evaluate your journey… Continuously reaffirm “the challenge” to become the better you that you desire to be. Continue to live life as we all know it’s not always guaranteed!