” My body is not me, it is mine. My mind is not me, it is mine. My emotions are not me, they are mine. My spirit on the other hand …”

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What does it mean to be healthy? Some people define health by having a fit and functional body, and that is the end of it. For me health encompasses all aspects of what makes up this entity referred to as “ME”. When I am healthy, all those aspects are both working well in their own right and playing well together. When any aspect of ME is out of balance, then the whole system is off, and I am not fully healthy at that moment. Life is ultimately a constant struggle to maintain this balance, often with an emphasis on “struggle”. This blog is essentially an on and off diary of my personal struggle. Maybe others can find some value in what I share, even if only a bit of entertainment (I am sure my challenges will be downright laughable at times).

Some of my posts will focus on specific aspects of ME, others will be more general. Below you will see all posts to date. Seek out posts on more specific aspects by choosing Body, Mind, or Sprit to the left.

Maybe I should re-re-introduce myself Maybe I should re-re-introduce myself The world has changed a lot in the last 3 years. When the world changes, then we all change with it ... even if we fight tooth and nail not to. I am no different than anyone else, especially in this respect. I have become a different person in the last few years. I would... Read more ... Change and choice … Awareness 101 Change and choice ... Awareness 101 The passage of time is literally defined by change. Everything is affected by time's relentless march. Seeming permanence is really a matter of perspective ... to one whose passage through time last only 90 years, something that takes a 100 years to change will seem unchanging.

EVERYTHING changes.

The hows and what's of the change will be...
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A new logo A new logo This is the era of branding. Branding is basically creating an image of how we want something (or someone) to APPEAR, with the hopes of inspiring some action or other (usually sales). Personally, I find the concept rather abhorrent, for it leads to a society more concerned by image than actuality, but the concept has... Read more ... Beware excuses! Beware excuses! Wellness is something we work on for our whole life. If we have developed good habits, it does not SEEM like work, but it is an ongoing process. Physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness require continuous effort, though if we are doing it right we will not even notice the effort involved. Sometimes it is focused... Read more ... Challenging myself … challenging YOU! Challenging myself ... challenging YOU! My last post was about how changing the little things in the daily routine may be significant in producing a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits are the key to positive growth. This applies to improving ourselves, physically, emotionally AND spiritually. However, as important as creating these small habitual changes may be, we still have to take... Read more ... Focusing on the small things Focusing on the small things In a holistic view of health, self-improvement is not just about what we do for ourselves, but what we do in general. Our activity plays a role in all levels of our health. Physical activities obviously will have a direct effect on our physical fitness, but they will also influence our general emotional and even... Read more ... The importance of attitude The importance of attitude How are you today? ⇐ a friendly neighbor


Not bad. Not bad at all! ⇐ me

The above exchange is a very common one for me. While the words may not be exactly the same, many other people will greet each other similarly, probably several times throughout the day. It's a pleasant enough bit of wordplay, one that we all...
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Patience is a … necessity Patience is a ... necessity Knowing our weaknesses is as important as knowing our strengths. It is as easy to be blind to those things that hold us back as it is to create unnecessary limits on our own progress. We DO have limits. The trick is to recognize the real ones while not imposing false ones on ourselves. Learning... Read more ... A challenge #22KILL A challenge #22KILL Everyone faces challenges as we move forward in life. These challenges will take many forms, sometimes physical, sometimes mental, maybe even spiritual ...  whatever form they take, we need to face them if we wish to continue to grow. We cannot compare our challenges to that of others, for we do not walk the same... Read more ... Returning to self Returning to self A healthy life is ultimately about finding balance. No matter what aspect of life we are discussing, we will find that the too much of something can be as harmful to our well-being as too little. In both cases we will find that something necessary to our holistic health is neglected, often without ourselves even being aware... Read more ... The danger of routine The danger of routine Humans are habit driven. Even the most free spirited soul has their routines, even if they do not seem so routine to others. In some ways, our habits are what truly define us. Ultimately, this means to obtain holistic health, we must create healthy habits for ourselves. This is not always as easy as it sounds.... Read more ... Mythology and the healthy body Mythology and the healthy body In this age of constant communications, we are inundated with the expectations of others. We are bombarded with images of how we should look, descriptions of how we should feel ... in short we are the target of many with ulterior motives. Sometimes the motives are pure, more often it is to manipulate us for... Read more ... Maybe I should re-introduce myself … Maybe I should re-introduce myself … Much has changed in my life since I first introduced myself and this project. I am updating the site so it is more current to who I am today. It seems appropriate to modify my self-introduction as well. So here is the new and improved "Who the hell am I?":

If you are here on this...
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Try the mirror first #1000Speak Try the mirror first #1000Speak It is awe-inspiring how many problems we have with others stem from our own self-image. It does not help that, especially in this day and age of constant information overload ... even in the so-called backwaters of the world, we are bombarded with OTHER people's expectations of how WE should be. This affects not only... Read more ... Changing directions Changing directions When I first started this blog, it was an after effect of getting myself into shape to hike the Appalachian Trail. I needed to get myself fit, and also figure out ways to fund the effort. I found the BeachBody products, which are definitely fitness oriented, and do provide the POTENTIAL for money. Unfortunately, to... Read more ... Healer, heal thyself! Healer, heal thyself! Those who fall into the category of healer or caretaker often share one character "flaw". They all to often forget to apply the same level of care to themselves. This is really true of ANY giving personality. We tend to place others before ourselves, to our own detriment. And this can be a very hard... Read more ... Getting creative Getting creative Living healthy is a choice. It doesn't matter if we are focused on physical health, mental health, or spiritual health (or all of them) ... it is something we CHOOSE to do (or not). Actually for some, the hardest part of such a lifestyle is often the choice to live that way. Based on this... Read more ... Mind over matter Mind over matter I recently encountered this meme while exploring the digital world:



This is true.

Basically, any type of self-improvement is first and foremost a mental challenge. Stripped down to the basics, humans are ultimately a combination of habits and perceptions. How we perceive ourselves will determine the habits we develop, and thus how we live our lives. So...
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Touching base Touching base I first started this project for two primary reasons. One, because I know the value of taking care of ourselves on all levels, and also know how easy it is to let that slide. Especially for those of us who have a tendency to put others first. Add to that inundation of marketing and the... Read more ... The danger of comparison The danger of comparison We live in a society that worships image. This is an ultimate side effect of a profit driven culture. With an over abundance of choices in all aspects of our life, the only way to make MY product stand out over YOURS is to somehow make it APPEAR better. Since humanity in general is also... Read more ... P90X3 P90X3 Tony Horton’s P90X3 is now available! Get ripped in 30 minutes a day, using Tony Horton’s breakthrough Muscle Acceleration system. Now you’ll always have the time to work out—and you can burn fat and build lean muscle faster than ever. Read more ... ’tis the season! 'tis the season! As much as many people might love this time of the year, it also happens to be one of the toughest times of years when it comes to fitness goals. Between social gatherings filled with all sorts of yummy but less than healthy foods, and the weather making routine exercise more difficult, and increased stress... Read more ... Check out the Thanksgiving weekend specials! Check out the Thanksgiving weekend specials! Take a look over at the features page for a quick sale, Nov 27 through Dec 2! Read more ... A shift in focus A shift in focus I have always understood the value of a healthy lifestyle ... maybe more so when I was not living one. Usually when I slip away from one is in the darker times of my life, which is not really so unusual. Self-abuse ... even passive aggressive self-abuse ... is not uncommon when we are unhappy... Read more ... Excuses, excuses … Excuses, excuses ... A friend of mine posted this on FB the other day:
I want to lose 15 pounds by January 1.... I hate strict diets, don't exercise much, and will not give up drinking. Any ideas?
While this was partly said in jest, there was also truth in it, so along with the multiple other suggestions from others...
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What am I doing here? What am I doing here? I realize I have been very quiet here lately ... a sure way to chase away the few people who might be interested in this little project.  The truth is that I have been have a crisis of faith. Faith in myself; faith in my motives. The first step to making ANY project work is... Read more ... Adding a little bit of clarity Adding a little bit of clarity When I started with Team BeachBody, my primary intent was to start getting into shape again. It has been my experience that no matter WHAT the ads say; no matter what any fitness programs claims, the true path to fitness is the sincere desire to change our life. How we do it; the exercise program... Read more ... Motivating each other Motivating each other Creating a fitness lifestyle requires a lot of discipline and routine. Unfortunately, not everyone is disciplined or works well with routine. I am a perfect example. While I can be very disciplined in specific instances, I am far from a disciplined personality. And routine, frankly, drives me insane. I thrive on variety ... even in... Read more ... Time to catch up! Time to catch up! As I think I may have mentioned along the way, I took a bit of a "vacation" that i just recently got back from. I am not sure one can truly call it a vacation when I don't have a typical 9-5 life, but it was a change of scenery and a bit of refreshment... Read more ... Mirrors and scales are NOT your friends Mirrors and scales are NOT your friends Anyone who has gained weight, then gone through the process of trying to lose it again, knows that it is not a situation of "equal and opposite". Somehow what it seems to take mere days to gain, takes weeks or even months to lose. There are reasons for this, some of them scientific explanations, but... Read more ...

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