Is there something wrong with me?!
“Embrace complexity, but act with simplicity.”
--Dr. Lou Pangaro, an endocrinologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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But some common themes come up again and again.
Lack of time
Confusion about which direction to take
A feeling that something is 'wrong'
Our bodies are complex. But sometimes we mistake the fact that our bodies are complex with the idea that the solution to our health problems must also be complex.
Don't misunderstand me--if ever you ever feel like you need medical attention, please see a doctor. Start with your primary care physician and get referrals to reputable, board-certified specialists as necessary.
But often, the latest buzz word, complicated 'diet,' or medical trend is passed around like a tray of bacon wrapped dates at a fancy party. Everyone thinks X, Y, or Z is THE THING that will help them. And those trends get embraced by well intentioned fitness professionals, coaches, friends, trainers, bloggers, and so on. It can be so confusing, so overwhelming, and so...complex.
It doesn't have to be that way!
Let's take a look at some current buzzwords: Adrenal Fatigue; Hormone Imbalance; Food Intolerance
With symptoms like being tired or fatigued to the point of having trouble getting out of bed; experiencing poor sleep; feeling anxious, nervous, or rundown; craving salty and sweet snacks; and having “gut problems,” it's hard not to think that something might be seriously wrong! (Again--please! please! see a doctor for any conditions--mental or physical--that are causing you distress or impacting your quality of life).
The trouble is that most of the time, we are being led to believe something is wrong with us and therefore we must be "fixed." Our society wants things to be fix-able. We like to label, figure out, diagnose, and treat. And then, once treated, we are done.
But often, it's the simplest lifestyle improvements that, sometimes in conjunction with medical treatment, can alleviate those symptoms I listed above. There's almost nothing that daily exercise and healthful food choices can't help. (And again--I know that sometimes exercise isn't possible and there are a lot of obstacles individuals face trying to make better choices. In fact, that's why I'm here!)
Going back to the quote I started with: Embrace complexity, but act with simplicity. What simple steps can we take right now to improve how we feel day to day?
--drink enough water (1/2 of your body weight in ounces everyday)
--get adequate sleep (most people need 7+ hours a night)
--Eat more veggies and lean protein at every eating opportunity
--reduce sugar intake (less than 9 teaspoons per day)
--make purposeful exercise happen daily
Lest you assume this is just another naggy list that sounds nice but is impossible to implement...
I know what you're thinking--"Hey crazy lady! I have a full-time, stressful J.O.B. and kids, and those kids have 12 sports they play and I have dogs to feed, and a house to clean and a lawn that needs mowed, and aging parents that I care for, and...and...and....I can't possibly do that stuff too."
I want you to know that you aren't alone. I've been there. Just scroll back through my blog to where I talk about how overwhelmed I was-- escaping my reality with a bottle of wine each week. In fact, I think those simple suggestions are so hard for people to implement that I decided to shift my career to help people do just that!
So, if you've ever been wondering...is there something 'wrong' with me--the answer is HELL NO. Or maybe it's the opposite. Nothing is wrong with you that isn't wrong with everyone else too.
But I have to ask you--have you tried simplicity first?
Do the changes I've outlined above seem impossible with all the demands placed on you daily?
Do you still not know how to implement and stay consistent with changes like this? Do you need help building positive habits? Help figuring out ways to incorporate these things into your lifestyle?
Simple isn't always easy...is it? If it were, everyone would be doing these things already and I'd be out of a job. So what is the answer?
Some mindset shifts
Using tools like a coach to help you pinpoint where you can make changes and exactly how to do it
Employing the power of positive habit building
Accountability measures you can put into place to stay on track
I offer those tools in both group and one-on-one programs.
Check out a little more here: The Fitness Agenda
Or book a free 30-minute call with me here: 30 Minute Solution Session
I can't wait to help you embrace simple.