3 Pleasurable Ways to Take Charge of Your Well-Being

I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for several years.

But before that, I was a constant dieter. Exercising was something I did for weight loss – and I didn’t much care for it.

The reason I felt this way was because I didn’t know there was such a thing as “enthusiasm toward well-being.”

I either forced myself to engage in workouts because I had fat to lose – or went on restrictive diets to undo the damage I’d created for myself through overindulging.

There was no happy medium.

There was only “all or nothing” behavior (and thinking).

Eventually, after having experienced one extreme vs. another, I realized that even though I was a personal trainer and I had lost my weight the right way, I knew myself well.

I reflected back on relevant personal history and recognized a pattern I had no interest in repeating.

By taking a good, hard look at these patterns (and observing the thought processes that lead to the subsequent behaviors – creating unpleasant results), I realized that the key to a successful weight loss, but more importantly, weight management system had to do with balance.

So how does one find balance when it comes to making a significant life change?

For me, it took gaining an understanding of the steps I’m about to share with you now.

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If you take the time to practice the tools I’m about to dispense; I have no doubt you’ll be successful in your quest for a healthy life.

And the good news?

This won’t be a drag. In fact, you’ll discover joy in the process of well-being.

I have.

3 Pleasurable Ways to Take Charge of Your Well-Being

The three necessary components when it comes to taking charge of your well-being are:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Discovering Your Joy
  3. Working with a Coach

I’ll elaborate.

Personal Development

In order to create long lasting change, one needs to be aware of the factors that have led to the current situation they’re facing.

In other words, know thyself.

Personal development is a key ingredient when it comes to healthy living.

The reason is because it helps to know why we’ve been unhealthy to begin with.

  • What caused the weight gain?
  • How do you feel about food (what role does it play in your life)?
  • What are your habits (and what led to them)?
  • How do you feel about yourself? Your Life? Your body?
  • Do you think you’re a capable human being? Or do you suffer from self-doubt and limiting beliefs?

These are important questions to ask because in order to change something, it helps to know why the circumstances have been created to begin with.

Humans are walking emotional reactions to their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. To make an effective life change, you have to acknowledgeΒ these aspects in yourself and challenge them.

Doing this may not be pleasant, but it will undoubtedly free your mind. Once the cobwebs of chaotic thinking are cleared out, you’ll have room to recreate the version of yourself that will reflect who you’d rather be.

Discover Your Joy

If you’re willing to be honest with yourself (and if you’ve read the previous step, you see the value in this), then you’ll admit that you, nor anyone else, likes to do things they detest.

When something appears negative, we avoid it.

There are no limits to the amount of excuses we can come up with to avoid doing what we feel we “should” do, so given how the mind works, we believe the limitations we set for ourselves because we simply don’t want to suffer.

Well, since well-being and suffering aren’t one in the same, it’ll help you to know that to experience the former, the latter has to go.

This doesn’t mean you won’t work, but it does mean you won’t hate it.

In fact, the idea is to love it (and you totally can!)

This is where the creative process comes in.

When it comes to dieting, the idea is to add healthy and nutritious foods into your life in a delicious way.

The other important concept to consider is that when we add the good stuff, it helps to crowd out the desire for the bad (useless) stuff.

Now when it comes to the foods you love, there are some imaginative ways to enjoy them, but to redirect how they’re used.

You can create healthier versions of your favorite dishes (which I often do), and you can “assign” some of your other treats for specific occasions.

This isn’t to restrict yourself, but to take charge of the role food plays in your life.

For instance, if you’re craving something sweet, before you judge yourself over it and either indulge or set a restriction, pause for a minute and ask yourself a few questions.

Such as:

  • Would I be satisfied with a small piece of frozen chocolate to suck on?
  • Is there an event coming up soon that will serve cake, pies, etc that I know I can enjoy?
  • If I don’t act on this right now, will I still crave it in 20-30 minutes?

I’ve followed this strategy to a tee – and considering that I used to be addicted to sweets (but I now enjoy them in perfect balance), this works beautifully.

I never deny myself something I want. I question it and see how I feel like directing it.

It puts ME in charge instead of the craving. I’ve practiced it enough times and now it’s natural for me to maintain a perfectly balanced way to enjoy my treats without restriction.

I also reinvent my favorite dishes using healthier ingredients and I can assure you, I don’t suffer at all.

You don’t have to either.

And when it comes to fitness, while I had worked hard to lose my weight (when I was in the “all” mode), I’ve been able to maintain balance there as well.

When it comes to exercise, working out can be a pleasant experience. You just have to find what you enjoy and make sure it’s suited for your level of fitness.

If you don’t want toΒ drag your ass out of bed at the crack of dawn and hoof it on over to boot camp, you don’t have to (unless you want to).

But you will need to move.

You can find something you’d prefer to do and set some time aside to do it.

~ Do you enjoy walking?

~ Swimming?

~ Bike riding in the park?

~ Have you ever wanted to learn to dance? Practice Yoga? Learn Martial Arts?

See what you feel excited about – and then go and take a class.

If nothing else, there are fantastic home workout programs available for people of all fitness levels.

If you need some direction with this, I can help.

Just make it fun. This way, you’ll stick with it.

Work With a Coach

I was over 200 pounds. I had every eating disorder there is.

I tried everything…and I couldn’t stick with a plan.

Eventually (as written in the post linked above), I found a personal trainer who was able to help me. If it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know what life would look like for me right now.

I was a train wreck. I honestly didn’t think I would ever lose the weight.

But I did, thanks to him.

You may consider working with one. A well-qualified trainer can be an asset in your life. I can attest to that.

A bad one can do some damage, though. Not all personal trainers are created equal.

But a good one (an educated, conscious and caring one) isn’t cheap. Sessions can range anywhere from $50 and up depending on the trainer, your location, and their qualifications – among other things. Someone well qualified could easily charge $85+ per session – and you may need to work with them 2-3 times per week.

If this isn’t in your budget, you may want to work with a coach.

What does a wellness coach do?

  • A wellness coach works with you to discover what your current circumstances are, what’s held you back and where you want to go.
  • They get to know you and they design a personalized program tailored to your specific needs.
  • They’re your confidant, your cheerleader, and your guide.
  • They put you on a program to help steer you in the right direction regarding fitness and nutrition.
  • They hold you accountable…
  • …and they make sure you know you aren’t alone in the journey.

If you’ve been struggling with your weight or simply want to take better care of yourself, I can help.

My coaching services are now available to those who need some help in this department.

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If this is you, know this:

I’ve BEEN you. And I know what it takes to free yourself from this unpleasant situation.

You can find out more about this by visiting my coaching page here.

Taking the First Step

Do you think your worth being well?

Do you think you can change your life?

I have, even though I had no idea that I had it in me to do this.

You can too. You just need to make the decision and consider working with someone who can help you.

You don’t have to do this alone…

…and it doesn’t have to be a drag either πŸ™‚

Have you ever worked with a coach or a trainer?

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

34 thoughts on “3 Pleasurable Ways to Take Charge of Your Well-Being

  • at 11:14 am
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    Hi there Dana,

    I was notified for this amazing post by email newsletter (not random), it was a fantastic newsletter, that’s why I’m even here. Btw I just can’t stop reading paragraph by paragraph of this post, it really opened a gap of information on my mind.

    Cheers,

    Clay Smith.

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    • at 9:36 pm
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      Hey Clay,

      That’s awesome. I appreciate whatever brought you here.

      Glad you liked the post. People think weight loss/ healthy living means living in restriction and misery. Just wanted to make sure they knew it wasn’t true.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

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  • at 12:16 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    Such sound advice and some I should be taking myself.

    Since we’ve had conversations before you kind of know where I am. I do hate to exercise and even after you helped me with what I should be doing I haven’t kept it up. I KNOW I should but I do NOT enjoy it. Not at all. Not in the least… I know, what’s wrong with me.

    I’m also not overweight and I do watch what I eat but I still have my moments. I just LOVE food, the kinds of foods that aren’t good for you. I think it’s some type of subconscious programming because a friend and I were talking about it just last week.

    My Mom grew up in the depression so she would not let anything go to waste. She’s still like that today. So she would fix our food and make us eat it. I hated most of what she cooked too, it was SO bland but I also didn’t like a lot of what she made for us. So I think when I get something that I know I shouldn’t be eating I overindulge. I’ll gain a few pounds from it but once I go back to eating normally I lose it quickly. I think because it’s just SO good that I overdo it even though I know I shouldn’t. I just never know when I’ll get a chance to eat it again.

    I should exercise but at least I still walk everyday. I’m moving which we both know is important but I could always be doing more. Overall though I do watch what I eat and I rarely overindulge but when I do I do it good! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for your wonderful advice Dana, you always make SO much sense and want me to do better.

    ~Adrienne

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    • at 9:15 pm
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      Hey There Adrienne,

      Well, I appreciate that. Thank-you πŸ™‚

      I know EXACTLY what you mean when you talk about something tasting so good that you overindulge because you aren’t sure when you’ll get to enjoy it again.
      I did this and caught it. It’s just about working with the inner dialogue.

      Eventually, I reminded myself that everything I loved so much was available whenever I wanted it. For example, if I had a craving for something sweet, I’d think “there are pasties available 24/7. I can have them whenever I want. Do I REALLY want to overeat them now and feel like crap?”

      There was more to it, but that the gist of it. I can’t tell you how powerful this was. Since this epiphany, I haven’t had the desire to overindulge and I’ve learned the art of moderation and balance.

      You’re not the first one to have a parent who developed a mindset like your Mom’s. I’ve heard similar things from others and that too is something that can be challenged.

      I know how you feel about exercise. I think your best bet is to stick with what you love. If there is something different you feel you “should” work on, then we’ll have to find a way to make it fun for you. When we speak again sometime, we’ll put our heads together and see if we can come up with something creative for you.

      In the meantime, it’s great that you walk. It’s fantastic exercise.

      I appreciate your visit and your comment Adrienne. Have a fantastic week ahead and I’ll be by soon πŸ™‚

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  • at 11:06 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Great article and very inspiring. I really do believe that its so important to get mentally healthy so that we can find the strength to get physically healthy. That’s why I am so committed to personal development. I totally agree that a wellness coach is a great option for those who can afford it as a way to find the tools and skills to be a better person through self growth.

    Have a great week ahead Dana.

    Irish

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    • at 8:58 pm
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      Hi Irish,

      Sounds like we have a lot in common πŸ™‚

      Yes, personal development is the foundation of any quality wellness program.
      After spending many years in the health and fitness industry, I noticed that while there were plenty of “diet and exercise” programs out there, we still have a big problem on our hands.
      I feel this has to do with perspective.

      When we change the way we view wellness, it becomes a pleasant experience. No one likes to feel forced to do anything, so it needs to be enjoyable.

      There also has to be an inner shift that takes place. Otherwise, we shove who we really are underneath the surface where it comes back as soon as life becomes more stressful/painful than usual.

      Having a coach is so helpful. I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t worked with a few along the way.

      I appreciate your visit irish. Have a beautiful week.

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  • at 11:12 pm
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    Beautiful post Dana! I even love the title. I am simply addicted with personal development. I really hope that they integrate that into the educational system some time soon. It sure helped me think and see things straight when I was lost in high school.

    Finding our joy and actually pursuing it, is what I like to call courage and the key to happiness. I believe that it’s absolutely critical that we make this happen if we want to live a fulfilling life.

    As for having a coach, there’s no better way to learn and master new skills that are proven to make a difference in life.

    I really enjoyed your post Dana. Thank you for taking time to work hard on it and for giving value. Keep it up!

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    • at 5:45 pm
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      Hi PJ,

      Welcome to my blog!

      I’m SO with you on adding personal development into the education system. I hated school, and desperately needed to gain a sense of self-awareness or critical thinking, etc back then. Everything I know now is from the school of hard knocks – and while I wouldn’t trade any of my own painful experiences (because I am who I am today because of them), I don’t think it’s mandatory to suffer from low self-esteem and other emotional issues to gain wisdom.

      I appreciate that you liked the post and even the title.

      I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for several years, but before that, I was fat and had every eating disorder there is. I’ve realized that healthy living is a concept before anything else – and this needs to be pleasant if someone is going to embark on a program and stick with it.

      I’ve found that working with coaches is beneficial. Sometimes, we just need someone to guide us and be in our corner. Having someone help you to organize your thoughts helps as well. It’s easy for those to get caught up in the tornados of our minds, and seeing things clearly becomes challenging.

      Thanks so much for stopping by PJ and commenting. Have a great week ahead.

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  • at 12:59 pm
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    I’m learning so much about eating right and feel I wish I knew all of this much earlier. I think having a coach is such a great idea. I know that I would love one. You inspire me and I’m so glad you have decided to make so many different changes in your life. I know that when I eat right and workout I love it and feel great. My weakness is dessert and I could honestly only eat dessert if I aloud myself. What I have been doing lately is not buying it and when its not around I don’t want it. Thanks for sharing.:)

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    • at 1:51 pm
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      I know what you mean about desserts. I love them too – and like you, I don’t keep them around often. But I do enjoy them and I never feel guilty when I do. That wasn’t always the case for me though…

      I think we all feel better when we work out and eat right – simply because it promotes balance and well-being. Where I used to abide by an “all or nothing” perspective, I no longer see this as valid.

      Working with a coach is an amazing experience. I’ve worked with them. It’s good to have someone to guide you along. We don’t always have the answers (especially when we’re emotionally involved in whatever we desire for ourselves), so working with someone who is neutral and well versed in their field is immensely helpful.

      I’ve developed a couple of coaching programs. I’ll leave the info here. Shameless plug, I know. But I have an email program that’ll work with any budget, so of course I have to mention it πŸ˜‰
      http://iammyimagination.com/wellness-coaching/

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • at 12:09 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    You are so inspiring! I love reading your posts and this one made me take a good look at myself because I have a million excuses not to exercise. I know I need to get back to the gym I spend money on every month and never go to.

    I never had a weight problem, I stopped all those sweet cravings just like you suggested by waiting 20 minutes so I had control over the cookie and the cookie didn’t have control over me.

    I only eat organic food…real food but do give myself a treat here and there. So eating isn’t my issue, but exercise is.

    At my age it is important for my well being: Mind and Body! I’m feeling more tired from the Winter, but now that Spring is just around the corner, I need to shed those 5 pounds of winter weight I always get. But more than that, for my health.

    Time to put on that bathing suit and start swimming again. Thanks for the support here. You have given me a good wake up call.

    -Donna

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    • at 1:59 pm
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      Hi Donna,

      Thanks so much. I really appreciate that.

      I can relate to waiting out the craving. I’ve used the 20 minute rule many times and it does work. Then, if it turns out I still want something, I have it.

      Food and guilt don’t mix, so they aren’t meant to be one in the same. Once I realized this, my entire perspective shifted regarding my eating habits.

      Even exercise involves balance. I know how easy it is for a gym membership to go unused. I used to enjoy going to the gym, but these days, I prefer to work out at home.

      Small amounts do pile up and they count, so even if it’s a good ten-minute workout that requires some focus and intensity, it’ll work.

      Winter tires a lot of people out, so when you get back into something, just start slow and build yourself back up. It won’t take long, but it’ll be the safest way to approach it.

      Thanks for stopping by Donna. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:54 pm
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    Great post Dana.

    I’ve never worked with a personal development coach but after reading your post I can see who valuable one can be.

    I need someone to keep me disciplined. I workout but not as much as I need to or rather, should. If I do choose one, I want it to be someone like you know knows where we are and how hard it is to lose weight.

    In the chats we’ve had, you are awesome. Anyone would be lucky to have you. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a great day D! πŸ™‚

    Cori

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    • at 2:07 pm
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      Hey Cori,

      I really appreciate that. Thanks so much.

      My wellness coaching program does involve personal development. It’s part of the process. Shifting the perspective is the most effective way to make changes, especially long lasting ones.

      It was because of my struggle with my weight that my I woke up to a new way of looking at things. There’s a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer that I LOVE that goes like this:

      “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

      It’s 100% true.

      I’ve loved our chats Cori.
      Have a fantastic weekend πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:11 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    What a great post! I could relate so many stuff as I too have a sweet tooth and can’t resist chocolates and cakes. But I try to overcome my guilt by working 15 minutes more on trend mill whenever I delight my taste buds with my love for confectionery items.

    I have a concern regarding my hubby’s fitness. He is an IT consultant and sits more than 10 hours in front of his laptop. By the time he comes home, he gets too tired and then I have to literally drag him for gym. In gym also, he will do only cardio with a speed of 3.5 miles and never does abs or lower body and make excuses that his body is aching or he is too tired. How should I motivate him for a proper full body work-out in gym?

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    • at 2:27 pm
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      Hi Ana,

      I’m glad you gained something valuable out of the post πŸ™‚
      And I can relate with what you’re saying about the sweet tooth. Most people can.

      As far as you hubby – I have a few thoughts about that.

      I know that if someone doesn’t want to exercise, they won’t – even if they feel they “should or have to”. They might participate, but they’ll do so begrudgingly. This is when it becomes a chore – and they’ll only do what’s absolutely necessary and nothing more.

      Sitting in front of a PC (or anything else) for ten hours a day may cause back pain. He’s probably telling the truth about that, and if his back is weak (which is probably is), then he would need to build up that strength safely and with structure. Otherwise, he may incur injury.

      I have a few ideas and simple strategies in mind that could help. People need to feel inspired and enthusiastic. This is what gets people started – and enables consistency. They also need a guided program designed for their specific needs and abilities. It’s very confusing to know what to do, who to believe and what program to follow. I can understand why people shy away from it.

      I’ve been there. I know what it takes. This can be enjoyable for him – the approach has to shift though.

      I’m going to share my wellness coaching link here (how could I not?). I’m in a position to offer some guidance. I have an email program that’ll work with anyone’s budget.
      http://iammyimagination.com/wellness-coaching/

      Thanks for stopping by Ana. I wish you lots of luck πŸ™‚

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  • at 10:46 am
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    Thank you for such a wonderful honest post. I can relate to so many of your comments so thank you for sharing XO

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    • at 11:59 am
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      My pleasure πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you’ve received value from my message.
      I know how challenging this can be for others…so I wanted to make sure they knew that wellness doesn’t have to be a struggle.

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  • at 11:50 pm
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    This is such a great, motivating post. I never liked to workout before, but I have now found the joy in it. I also love all your food suggestions.

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    • at 9:48 am
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      Hi Shann,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      I love that you’ve realized that healthy living can be a fun and enjoyable experience. It really doesn;t have to be a struggle. If more people understood this, we’d all be in much better shape πŸ™‚

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  • at 10:17 pm
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    What a great post! We NEED to take care of ourselves first. I love your comments about discovering joy. That is so incredibly important

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    • at 9:51 am
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      Hi Cynthia,

      Yes, we sure do need to take care of ourselves. It’s the foundation for everything else. Not just the physical either, but our overall well-being in general. Emotional, Spiritual, mental and physical. It all works together.

      And yes, this can be a joyful endeavor. I know from my own experiences.
      This is why I’ve been able to keep it up after years of struggling with my weight.

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  • at 5:59 pm
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    Hey there Dana πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed reading your post! I agree 100% with you about these 3 ways to take charge of your well being and yes they are satisfying and pleasurable as well πŸ™‚ I have never had a weight problem, but I agree that you need to take charge of your health as early as you can, so that as you get older, you will stay healthy and that includes some type of exercise. I find that since I have been in my 50’s (3 years now) I have to work just a little harder to stay in shape and I have to really think about what I am eating, because the weight WILL get on you lol πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!! Great post!

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    • at 9:55 am
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      Hi Joan,

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the post.

      Yes, this can be a rewarding experience. It really doesn’t have to suck πŸ™‚

      I know what you mean about having to work at it a little harder when we get older. The body isn’t as forgiving as it is when we’re young. I just feel we need to be more cognizant of how we take care of ourselves. It sounds like you’re doing this – and so am I.

      I’m happy for your sake that you’ve never had a weight problem. It’s painful for those who have.
      The good news is that it’s never too late – but it does need to be practiced from a place of joy. This is how we remain consistent.

      Just a shift in perspective.
      Thanks for stopping by Joan πŸ™‚

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  • at 6:51 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    I think that personal development is an essential part of any change that we go through. You have to address and change deep issues and ways of doing things in order to bring about the specific change you want. It seems to be linked with everything.

    When I wanted to start eating healthy it didn’t take long to realize that if it tastes good I’ll have no problem eating it. If it taste bad I would avoid it or end up eating sweets right after just so I could taste something good, which ended up being counterproductive. So I didn’t just as you said, found ways to add it to my life in a delicious way.

    Its always great to hear about your journey, it’s really inspiring πŸ™‚

    ~Lea

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    • at 10:00 am
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      Hi Lea,

      Yes, personal development plays a crucial role here. Without it, we continue to think the same thoughts and have the same impressions about everything we do – even if we change the behavior.

      All behavior is an extension of our inner-world, so it’s most important to make this the primary focus. When this happens, everything else follows along naturally.

      I know what it’s like to try to deny myself of something that tastes good – just like you. And yes, we eventually swing the pendulum back to the other direction as a way to satisfy our desires.

      We can still achieve this by “adding good nutrition to our lives in delicious ways”.

      But given what I know about you, I know you’re already aware of this πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 3:58 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    You right! You have to do what works best for you. I believe two reasons why a lot of people give up is that they don’t know what options are out there and they’re not educated on what tasks to focus on to lose weight and be healthy.

    I know what you mean about those sweets. I have a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and brownies. I make an effort to eat them a day before I work out but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way LOL.

    as far as exercise I love the feeling I get after a good workout. I feel complete and stronger. But all exercises routine isn’t created equal . I use to really be in weightlifting but now I’m more into Yoga and calisthenics which I believe I’m getting a better work out.

    But I know for most if all else fails and you don’t know where to turn then having a coach will help. I’ve seen quite a few positive transformations with people after a coach helped them and I think you would be a great one!

    Thanks for sharing Dana and thanks for having her as a guest Barbara ! You two have a great day!

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    • at 10:07 am
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      Hi Sherman,

      Yes, it’s SO important for people to understand what options are out there (as there are many) and to choose what they feel most aligned with. I know how confusing it can be to get a wellness program started, and this is why I’m confident I can coach others to make the changes they’ll stick with.

      I can relate to the desire for sweets. It ruled my life for many, many years.
      Once I found a way to face it, own it and redirect it consciously, I haven’t felt an attachment to them and I can direct them in a way that works quite well.
      Food, nor anything else should own us, and we can change this if it happens to be a problem for us.

      I appreciate that you think I’d make a great coach. I’m thrilled to have gotten this up and running. I know what it takes (because I’ve been there) – and I’m confident I can help others to make this an enjoyable and realistic way of life.

      I know Barbara was kind enough to share my post on one of the social networks, and I appreciate that. Maybe that’s where you saw this and where your last sentence stemmed from.

      Either way, I’ll visit your blog soon enough and see what you’ve been up to.

      Thanks for visiting Sherman πŸ™‚

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  • at 6:29 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    You are truly an amazing woman! I love reading your articles because you put your whole self into them. I feel the emotion coming through your words and know you are one to work with. I love that you are opening up your business to coaching and will do everything within my means to help promote your new journey. I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again, when you talk to people you reach them on a deeper level than most. You pull at their heartstrings and get them to reveal their inner-most secrets.

    You are going to be very successful, my friend. I look forward to watching you blossom!

    Love ya!

    Bren

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    • at 3:50 pm
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      Hey Bren,

      Your comment meant so much to me. Thank-you for that.

      I know what it’s like to feel alone in your life’s journey. I did for most of my life…but eventually, I discovered that many of us endure the same thoughts and feelings over time. It’s just about being able to relate to one another and remove some of that “I’m separate from you” modes of thinking.

      As a coach, I feel it’s important for people to open up. I know it isn’t easy, though. Most of us aren’t skilled at being truly open with ourselves about the things within us we’d prefer to reject. But when it comes to making a life change, it’s necessary (and it’ll free you from self-imposed limitations too).

      I genuinely appreciate the support. I’m excited to be in a position to help others. I’ve heard people say the purpose to our life is to give it away…so this is the intention. This is why it’s so easy for me to share my experiences with others.

      Thanks SO much for stopping by. I’m so glad we’re friends <3

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    Hi Dana,

    Great post! I completely agree with you, we have to take care of our health and well-being. But it’s also true that doing so isn’t always easy. That’s why we have to find what works best for us, so we stick to it, and so it becomes an integral part of our lives. But the most important thing is to convince ourselves that we deserve it. Otherwise, we are sure to fail.

    I don’t really like to workout and every time I tried to do it, I abandoned after a little while. But I started yoga classes 4 weeks ago, and I can see myself doing this for a long time. I absolutely love it!

    My husband and I are eating healthier food than before, and we really like to find new recipes with lots of vegetables. Naturally, we had to look at ourselves and change our way of thinking about food. Because of my husband’s high blood pressure, cutting out fat was a must!

    You are truly an inspiration, and you are living proof that it’s feasible. I really admire you! I’m sure it will help many people!

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Happy Monday! πŸ™‚

    P.S. Btw, I just bought your book “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety”, can’t wait to read it!

    ~Nataly

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      Hi Nataly,

      I think it’s fantastic that you and your husband have been having fun in the kitchen.
      I’ve found that adding vegetables to dishes not only bulks them up (which is a great way to enjoy a bigger portion without the guilt), but it’s much easier to add some high-quality nutrients in.

      I started doing this years ago. If I had a craving for pasta, I’d steam and saute a bunch of veggies and add them. I’ve been doing it ever since.

      I also love that you’ve found something you enjoy doing (Yoga). It’s the best way to stick with a fitness program because you don’t dread it. Exercise can be enjoyable.

      I’m so happy you bought my book!
      I think you’ll learn a lot from it. You’ll walk away with knowledge of how to stay safe in your exercise program and avoid unnecessary injury. There are topics in those chapters most people aren’t aware of.

      Let me know what you think after you’ve read it.

      Thanks for stopping by Nataly. Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

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    Hi Dana,

    Informative post indeed πŸ™‚

    You’re right about all that you mentioned! We need to take utmost care of our health and well-being to lead and live a healthier and happier life.

    What works best for one may or may not work for another, so, each one of us has to see what fits in well with our routine and take it up from there. Yes, those hunger pangs and resisting yourself the huge chunk of chocolate or cake.. I can relate to that as I have a sweet tooth too! But I guess if you are determined and strong willed, you can control yourself easily, and you’re a perfect example of all that you’ve achieved over time.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚

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      Hi Harleena,

      Thanks for saying that.
      I’d like to think my journey will inspire others.

      I was a mess for quite a while. Thankfully I’d found someone to help me out with all of this.
      Eventually, I got the hang of things on my own, but I had to shift my perspective first.
      Personal development works hand in hand with wellness. The two work together.

      Our well-being is most important. It’s the foundation of everything else.

      I know all about those cravings. Luckily, I’ve discovered balance. The “all or nothing” extremes aren’t necessary – and can even backfire. But that too requires some inner work.

      Thanks so much for visiting Harleena. Have a fantastic week πŸ™‚

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