(Note: this is the second post in a three part series)
Last week I told you a bit about my background – what my lifestyle was like in my 20s, how I failed to look after myself, and how that was impacting myself and my family.
I also told you how I realised that I needed to change. That the path I was on, was not one that I wanted to be on.
So today, in the second of my three-part series on where I’ve come from and how I’ve ended up where I am now, I’ll tell you about the different decisions I made, the changes that flowed from those different decisions, and how that has changed my life.
I mentioned last week that I had bad knees that required a knee reconstruction. It was during the recovery and rehabilitation from that surgery that I had a real opportunity to reflect on my life and my health, and question what I was doing.
As a teenager I had trained in martial arts, but I stopped doing it as I got older and it was something that I really missed as a young adult.
I also recognised that the discipline of martial arts – the focus on mindset and balance – was something that would help me enormously as I tried to get back on track.
So I reconnected with a friend and mentor from my martial arts days, and began practicing Muay Thai again.
I also found a renewed focus on my fitness. I made the effort to learn more about the body and how it works, including getting qualified as a personal trainer – more on that next week – and put that into practice in my own workouts.
I wasn’t training any harder, in fact I was training less hard than I used to. But I was definitely training smarter. And perhaps even more importantly, I was training consistently.
The difference was amazing.
But even that wasn’t enough.
My mind was in a better place. I had more balance in my life. I was fitter and stronger. But at times I still struggled with fatigue and burn out, and I realised that I still wasn’t thinking broadly enough.
My diet still sucked.
So I started looking more into nutrition.
I’m not an advocate of cutting out whole food groups, or eating only carrots and cucumber for a month. Those fad diets are not sustainable, and in many cases not healthy because they lack the breadth of nutrition the human body requires.
It’s about balance. Making better choices. Having ice cream sometimes, but having vegetables more often.
There are so many good, healthy, tasty options out there. It’s just about understanding the impact of bad food and making good, informed decisions.
Combined, these changes in my life – mindset, fitness, nutrition and overall balance – have made SUCH a huge difference. I’m a million times fitter, healthier and, yes, happier than I used to be.
As one of my mentors used to say, nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.
That’s not the whole story though …
In 2016 I was hit by a car.
I suffered a badly broken leg, an injured shoulder and a heap of cuts and bruises. I still have a big scar on my head as a souvenir from that day.
I also suffered short term memory loss, which was the hardest consequence to overcome by far … but that’s another story for another day.
It took me a long time to recover from those injuries, and during that time I was only able to spend very short periods of time exercising.
I had to find ways to maintain and continue to improve my fitness and overall health that didn’t require long, punishing gym sessions. It was that experience as much as anything that has really shaped the approach I take today to my own health, and to that of my clients.
I’ll explain that to you next week. 🙂
In the meantime, if you’d like to take the first step in changing your life, as I did, drop me an email at [email protected] or give me a call on (03) 9864 1833.
As you can see from my story, I’m just an ordinary bloke who has made it his mission to discover what it means to lead a fit & healthy life, and to help others find that path as well. Give me a call. You won’t regret it.
You only get one life. Make the most of it!