Greetings to all from muggy South Korea! I mentioned in my previous article that I wanted to commit sometime here at Rambling with Rooster to share my experiences, as well as opinions and helpful tips that I learned pertaining to health, fitness, and nutrition. I intend on making this a multi-part thread. Over time, I hope to share micro-threads, such as healthy recipes, workouts, and good to know tips (of various sorts) that I stumbled across in my quest for a healthier me.
I acknowledge your apprehension. Another lame website or article telling you how to live healthier or get ripped in 7 days. I DO NOT intend on making this site a Health centered website, nor do I intend on asking people to endorse or buy a particular product. In fact, the path traveled over the last 19 months has every bit of doing things my way …which I believe is natural, safe, and quite effective. I must admit though, I enjoy my chocolate protein post-workout. Simplistic, $11-13 for a month long supply and it assists in meeting my macro-nutrients. Sales pitch complete.
The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.
P. T. Barnum
So what sparked the interest in health, nutrition, and fitness you probably wonder. When I quit smoking, I literally ate everything I could get my hands on. XL Papa John’s pizza, animal crackers (in bulk), and oh by the way, I quit during crockpot season. Yes there is such a thing. It runs parallel to football season and usually involves cold weather. I embraced it; however, when January rolled around and it was time to get in the ole Army Service Uniform, it hit me! Although I took a significant step forward quitting, I actually took a few steps back by allowing my nutrition, fitness, and health deteriorate. It was then I asked myself, “What is the move and what do you aim to do about?” In my mind, I said, “You did not quit smoking to develop other bad habits, so take action and do something about it!” It was from that period forward in January of 2018 that I decided to make some moves …for the better.
So …for those still interested and reading. Step #1 – Make a conscious decision to change. I did in fact quit smoking but my motivation rested deeper than that. When I assessed this beast known as “my health,” to me it actually meant the potential of a longer, healthier life. Notice I use the term potential. Murphy’s law is always in effect! Change is not only about doing it when you feel like it. It is very much about consistency, routine, and discipline. These are the underlying factors that help support your important decision and were tremendous in my journey.
Step #1 complete and you are on your way, right? Probably not that quick, but it can be, if in fact you commit to it. Up to this point, I have failed to show you what the conscious decision to change really consists of. Of course it is saying, “I want to change …or in my case, what’s the move?” In my opinion it is more than one singular thing. Instead, it is a multitude, but not solely limited to, nutrition, fitness, activity level, sleep, and most importantly, You! These are the components or building blocks of sorts that will help you achieve your goals.
Ok, so maybe I rambled a bit and the piece was not as short as I may have mentioned in my previous work. We all have a passion for something and in the last 19 months I have developed this passion for health, that I absolutely love sharing with others. This is not the last I promise and I hope you enjoyed the introductory piece. Feel free to share your thoughts below and do not forget to encourage others who want to improve on this front. I have learned firsthand about all the resources available. I aim to share every single one of them! Thank you for reading and I hope I sparked some interest!
P.S. Please feel free to enjoy a few of the hyperlinks I included. For some, it may be a start to arming yourself with information in your quest for a healthier you!