Zen and the Art of Healthy Living

All my life, I’ve struggled with excess weight. Knowing that I have a family history of weight-related health issues, I have tried so, so many times to get to a healthy weight and maintain it. After so many “failed” attempts, that struggle has often been a source of anxiety and stress in my life.

The thing I find interesting is that those “failed” attempts have also helped me reach an increasingly greater level of peace with what I’m going through.

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You see, there are many positives associated with trying something repeatedly without success. With each attempt I make, I always:

  • Learn what doesn’t work.
  • Learn more about what being truly healthy means.
  • Identify what healthy habits do work for me.
  • Learn from my mistakes so I can be more successful in my next attempt.
  • Appreciate being healthy more.

Patience is one of the most important characteristics I’ve learned and I believe it’s also the reason I’ve attained a level of zen regarding my weight loss.

This resonated with me a lot last night as I was thinking through my next steps for attacking my Healthy Bucket List. I recently wrote about wanting to become a “badass.” I’ve decided the way I’m going to start on that path is to work through a bodybuilding training program.

I’m pretty excited about this idea and, in the past, that would have meant I’d attack the goal right away without much thought. That is not going to be the case this time, for a number of reasons:

  • I need more time to build my core healthy habits.
  • I need to become more comfortable using the weight machines at the gym since they will be pivotal to that plan.

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  • I need to build up the healthy recipes and snacks I go to on a regular basis.
  • I need to learn more about the specific type of food tracking I’d need to do for this next step.

My biggest concern with starting a bodybuilding training plan is the knowledge that my food will be tightly restricted. I’ve learned the hard way that tight restrictions are difficult to maintain. The nice thing is the training programs I’m reviewing are realistic and they don’t encourage unattainable expectations.

Therefore, I don’t need to worry about the restrictions. I need to figure out how to work within those restrictions so that I still have plenty of options available when I start training.

I have to say, it’s nice to have this feeling of control over what I’m doing. Because that’s what this is, right? I may not have complete control over my weight or how fast I get to my goals. But I do have control over my actions, which will impact those goals.


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