This passion (for fitness and a healthier lifestyle) started back in 2009 when I decided to get myself in much better shape than I was in at that time. I never planned on starting a blog about it…that just came along by itself! I was about 85 pounds overweight and was on and off of hundreds of diets, different forms of exercising… mostly gimmick & fad types of stuff.
And about 90 to120 days after I stumbled upon my secret and mind-boggling changes were starting to appear physically and mentally, I then started a newsletter on how to get fitter… based on my personal discoveries. That then led to my first web/blog – Get Yourself Fit.
Recently, I have been attracted to a group of some very special people – other bloggers – that have proved to be invaluable to me in my present efforts in blogging. I now believe that my new acquaintances are the results of the process of “manifestation” (another article – forthcoming). I do not want to get too much off the track in this post.
Establishing a means of “sustaining a healthy lifestyle” – in my situation, just kind of happened. In fact my entire success in improving my health has come about in mysterious ways…
I was a professional portrait photographer for over 40 years and something prompted me to sell my photography business in 2005 – so I did. I believe in intuition to a great extent so I sold my number one passion when my “feelings” told me to.
Between the times that I put it up for sale and the sales transaction was completed – having been securely self-employed for over 4 decades, it was suggested by my better-half to come on board – on a part-time basis at the hospital she was employed at. Although reluctant, I agreed to try it and then as one year led to another then, another I was realizing what fate had in store for me.
My job was a Security Officer and my purpose was to maintain a presence throughout the hospital and I had to perform “rounds” or “tours” up and down the several hospital wings or “teams” on five floors during my 12 hour night shift. This happened 2 nights per week on a continuous basis. Aside from my walking the halls, there were other aspects of my function that I cannot describe in detail but I will say that in a hospital environment you will see the best and the worst in other people – “the patients.”
To get to the point, I early on, discovered that my very exposure to what I experienced each and every night that I worked there; seeing the pain, the suffering and the sadness of so many patients who had they lived differently; didn’t smoke, didn’t drink or took notice of what they consumed as food – could maybe have prevented their conditions, their diseases and ultimately…their shortness of life.
I was visually experiencing these situations 104 nights a year (2 on and 5 off) and every time I walked down a hospital hallway I was reminded why I was bound and determined to change MY ways.
It did take some time for this all to sink in and when New Year’s Eve, 2009 came along and I was staring at my computer monitor wondering what would be my next year’s “resolutions”… That’s when it hit me. I had to take a serious look at my own life and then and there made the decision that whatever I could do to prevent the conditions I witnessed 104 nights out of each year I would commit myself to do them right now!
Resolutions “would not cut the mustard”…I had to establish both long and short term goals. I had to change the way I lived.
Starting on January 1, 2010 my first priority was to walk outside every day; wind, rain, sleet or snow. I have kept that promise to myself and to my loved ones. As of today, December 12, 2012, I have not missed one day of outside walking.
I can easily hit 10 miles a day now but I don’t do it every day and since 1/1/10 I have racked up almost 14,000,000 steps and almost 6,000 miles. But that’s just the tip of the old proverbial iceberg. You also must have a strong unwavering belief in yourself, a commitment, a purpose and a means that will help you sustain your dedication to maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
In my next post, I’ll discuss those “thousands” of pounds that I lost as well as repairing or reversing negative conditions!
To your great health,