Hello and happy new year! I hope you are all hitting the ground running and taking action toward your goals! Remember, this game of life is a marathon, not a sprint. Take the time to understand who you are, what your goals mean to you, and how you will feel when you accomplish them!
That kind of brings me to the point of this blog entry ... understanding me and my relationship with food. If you're anything like me, then you've tried multiple methods to lose weight, some halfheartedly and some with the effort of an Olympic athlete if only for a short time. Whatever action you've taken, or lack thereof, here you are and here I am, starting another year off by being hard on myself for never following through to the point that it changed my way of thinking. The older I get, the more I realize that for me to change, my beliefs and perceptions need to change. I need to believe in what I am capable of and look at food as fuel and not a source of immediate gratification.
At some point during the holiday break of 2017, a family member who shall remain nameless offered me what was left on his plate and my immediate response was "no thanks, that's how I got to where I am today." Kind of a hurtful thing to say to myself, I know, but sometimes you just need to get real! That evening, I was talking with my wife and mentioned that this has been happening my entire life, all the way back to my grandma forking over all the leftovers from everyone else's plates. Here's reason number 6,501 that I love my wife: she is kind and thoughtful and, though she never met my grandma, seems to know her pretty well. My wife pointed out that it was out of love that my grandma wanted to make sure I never went hungry. How can you not appreciate this when it's put into perspective like that? Now, I don't believe that my current emotional attachment is about pleasing my grandma, but I do believe that it created a sense of comfort when with friends and family to the point that one of my first thoughts when getting together is "what are we going to eat?"
Flash forward to today, January 4th, 2018. I am a member of the 2018 Ultimate Black Belt Test, the owner and master instructor at Dynamic Martial Arts, a husband, and a father. My health and well-being literally affect all of those areas of my life! I can no longer accept the ridiculous amount of time I've wasted by not focusing all my energy on what I want out of life! For me to be the best martial arts teacher I can be, I need to be in better shape. To be the best husband I can be, I need to be in better shape. To be the best father I can be, I NEED TO BE IN BETTER SHAPE!! That's it, that simple ... in-shape me is a much better me! I have better focus, more energy, and find my attitude, patience, and general outlook are much, much better. I know that the quality of the foods I eat and the effort I put into my own physical activity are at the heart of that better me.
If you've made it this far, I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me. 2018 and the Ultimate Black Belt Test process is one that challenges its participants to look deep within themselves and be open and honest in their approach to teaching through example. Much like change on the outside comes from change and growth on the inside, being an example for others begins with the individual.
Practicing DIETARY SELF-DEFENSE is one of my top priorities this year for myself and, by default, those around me ... mostly because I'm going to talk about my journey constantly ... constantly! It may take a good chunk of the year, but I am determined to change my habits and perspectives on the food I choose to eat and learn as much as I can about the benefits of different methods of healthy eating.
What are you going to do this year that you can look back on and be proud of?
Happy New Year!
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