56 days from now I will be turning 40. Reaching the mid-point of my life, it seems obligatory to do a great deal of self-examination. As I think about what I want the next phase of my life to look like, I know I want to live life with No Regrets, No Missed Opportunities, and No Negative Energy. I only want to move forwards, not sideways or backwards.
There is no doubt I have let my physical health slide the last few years and I am disappointed in myself for this. Going forward, I am going to make my health a priority. When I fell good physically, I feel good mentally and physically as well.
In the weeks approaching my birthday I intend to make a full effort through diet and exercise to be in the best shape of my life by the time I exit my thirties. Because I love food so much, the eating part will be very challenging. Fortunately I like most healthy foods and enjoy eating them.
You will notice that the recipes I share on my blog will get a little healthier over the next few months as I attempt to transform myself for my birthday. Long term I don’t intend to exclude any foods from my diet, just enjoy them in moderation. I’m hoping this is something I can do although I may be kidding myself. Food has such a powerful pull over me- both as a passion and as an emotional crutch. It is a complex relationship that is both positive and negative.
If there’s 1 word I want to personify the next phase of my life, it’s BALANCE. I have tried many times to find balance, but it is often a quest that seems elusive.
I have no doubt that I will be successful on the fitness side thanks to Zeke Samples of Surreal Body Solutions. For the last week I have worked out with him and I can already see an improvements, mainly in my posture. Maybe in another few weeks I won’t look like a 60-year-old with osteoporosis. What I like about Zeke is, well, everything. (Except that he makes me do burpees.) Don’t let his gorgeous looks intimidate you. He is kind, gentle, and thoughtful and really takes an interest in his clients. Plus he has a really cute chihuahua named Ginger.
Not only can Zeke help you meet your fitness goals, but he is extremely knowledgable about nutrition as well and posts helpful tips in his blog. Zeke has a full gym where you can work out in total privacy (Ginger might take a peak or two). I know this is a big deal to a lot of people and one of the reasons home exercise DVDs are so popular. I don’t so much mind other people being able to see me workout- but I find that I’m much more able to concentrate on my workout when it is free from distractions and I’m not constantly trying to see who just walked in the gym or who’s on the machine next to me. It’s really an ideal set-up.
If you’ve been thinking about trying some personal training to help you meet your fitness goals – give Zeke a call. He has very reasonable rates and the knowledge to tailor your workouts to meet your goals.
Surreal Body Solutions
1788 Bentgrass Ln
Tega Cay, SC 29708
Once a week I’m going to do a progress report. I had intended to post some before pictures here but this post is a little longer than intended so I will wait until next week.
If you are going through a similar journey- whether it be weight loss or a search for balance and you have any thoughts or advice, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you have to say.