Establish A Way To Sustain A Healthy Lifestyle…

I am relatively new to the blogging world so I would like to briefly introduce myself and how I got started in this new found passion of mine.

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,

Les

6 thoughts on “Establish A Way To Sustain A Healthy Lifestyle…

  1. Hey Les,

    I applaud you for wanting to have a better lifestyle and I have a feeling that if more people spent time in hospitals and saw some of these patients they may have a better understanding that they too can take their own lives in their own hands.

    So, you haven’t missed a day of walking outside. Man, you’re brave. I walk everyday but just like the last two days it’s been cold. I don’t do cold weather and I don’t do rain. For the most part though I do walk every single day so I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a few days.

    It’s takes true dedication to do what you’ve accomplished so congratulations and anyone who wants to get in better shape is certainly better off listening to someone who has done it themselves.

    I’ll look forward to your next post and enjoy the rest of your week.

    ~Adrienne
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  2. Adrienne,
    Thanks for the comment and I understand that most folks would not do what I do but I must say that by keeping up with this “Strange Ritual” – day after day only helps to keep the motivation going and strengthens the old “Self-Discipline” and makes you want to do more.
    In my next post, I will include my Sherpa image as well as my Rain image!!

    Les

  3. Hey Tim…
    It’s nice to hear from you and I can appreciate your comment on wanting to get back into it again! It’s usually the first thing my grand-children ask me when they visit…”Hey Grandpa…can we go for a hike in the woods and look for coyotes?”There is something about walking that gives a body a great up-lift. How old are you children Tim?
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  4. Hi Les,

    Thank you for sharing your story and I’m glad I met you recently. You are to be commended to have decided to lose weight and change your life style and having done it. So many people just can’t do that.

    I am glad that you’ve met a group of good bloggers that you can learn blogging from since you are still a new blogger. I’ve learn tons and tons from other bloggers as well. You seem to be to be on the personal development side as well and I also blog about that ya know? 🙂

    Thanks for this great post!
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  5. Hi Sylviane,

    Thanks for your comment. It is always great to hear from you! There is a secret to the success and it is simply the more you do…the more you want to do. The self-determination comes when one starts to see and feel the changes that take place!

    To your health,
    Les

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