Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 1 of 13: Preparing myself.

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Here’s our agenda for the first 13 blog posts focused on physical aspects to gain then maintain optimal health on all levels.

  1. Preparing myself.
  2. Preparing – family / friends.
  3. Preparing – professional relationships.
  4. Preparing – home routines.
  5. Gotta get walking.
  6. Water – who knew?
  7. Dairy – scary!
  8. Cleansing – an ancient art applicable now!
  9. Rest – what a difference!
  10. Savoring results.
  11. Re-imaging from the inside out.
  12. Re-imaging from family / friends.
  13. Old image – subtle sabotage.

Part 1 of 13:  Awareness!  Step one to preparing myself to be more physically healthy.

My journey to gain then maintain optimal health officially started in 1993 just past my 33rd birthday. Step one of my physical path to become more healthy was becoming more aware that I had a weight problem to begin with.  You see, up until that time in my life, I bought hook, line and sinker the family myth that ‘we’re all just big boned.’  Being the youngest of nine siblings, with eight of those nine siblings all morbidly obese, I didn’t think twice about my size.  I also didn’t think twice about how young family members died from complication of obesity.  How’s that old saying go?  “Ignorance is bliss?”  I certainly enjoyed a blissful young adulthood as I topped out at 285 pounds on a 5’7” frame!

As my awareness grew concerning all the complications I was headed for if I didn’t DO something – NOW – about my weight, my eyes opened wide, big time.  I was lucky to see I had choices to make before my lack of choice made some pretty hard decisions for me.  As I consumed materials concerning obesity, nutrition, diet, exercise and all the related hoopla around being more healthy, I knew I needed a plan I could actually commit to.  My plan started out by simply doing a better job at what I automatically stuffed in my face with NO awareness of what that stuff was.

My biggest eye-opener regarding nutrition was my wanderings around http://cdc.gov.  As I dove more deeply into that site, learning how awful our food supply really is (additives, vaccines, etc.) it made me realize I needed to be far more mindful of what I threw in my grocery basket. As with most folks I know, I swung myself overboard on being an organic queen.  Not only an organic queen (buying ONLY certified organic foods), but an organic queen apostle.  (I couldn’t stop lecturing people on the need to be more real with their food consumption.)

I’m amazed I still have any family or friends around after being such a drama queen about eating organic! You see, I replaced my arrogance concerning my weight with arrogance about how dumb others are about nutrition!   Needless to say, I soon realized I needed to prepare my inner circle about my intentions to become more healthy in order to achieve my goal to BE more healthy.

Stay tuned!  My next post explores how I helped those I love, love me back by being a solid support team before, during and after retiring over 100 pounds.


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Soul’s journey to gain and maintain optimal health

First, how about a little personal intro?

Over the past four decades, my blessings include outstanding health as I travel to over 20 countries studying a wide variety of cultures and creeds.  My health today (as I end my 40’s) is quantum leaps above and beyond my health for most my life.  You see, as a former morbidly obese gay man, I survived poor physical health from childhood to my mid 30’s largely due to the gifts of youth and ignorance.    Ignorance of how most western ways of living are actually a prescription for and early grave.  Over-eating, drinking excessive quantities of sugar-laced beverages, little actual water consumption and related practices balloon my body to just under 300 pounds.

One day, after a powerful meditation just before my 33 birthday, I realized I’d be dead in a in a decade if I didn’t radically, dramatically change just about every part of my life.  My family healthy history documented death well before 65 largely due to stroke, heart attacks and related obesity related health issues.  The awakening I received from that meditation inspired me to buckle-down and get real with myself.

Getting real with myself forms the content you’ll discover in the first 13-part series focused on my physical journey. This series offers insights on what I’ve done from a physical standpoint to retire well over 100 pounds.

Next, we’ll dive into the emotional pool to swim the waters of our minds for a few months.  As we take a swim together (me posting, you reading and commenting) you’ll experience how I enjoy a sense of mental stability that supports my ability to live as a monk with two suitcases of material possessions to my name.

As we conclude our dive into the emotional depths of my journey, I’ll knock on your spiritual door.  Based on what I’ve come to know from my travels and studies, we’ll explore a wide variety of spiritual practices featuring ways to permanently release what no longer serves you as well as invite energy into our lives to enjoy abundance in all healthy ways.

Throughout these posts, I invite you into this journey together – with you –  to advance your awakening process with ease and grace. Click to email me when you’re ready to retire unhealthy habits, weight and stress – once and for all! If you’re curious about what else I do, feel free to connect any time! Call me at 312-268-0000.

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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 2 of 13: Preparing – family / friends.

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Back in September, 2009, I laughed until I almost cried when I read a New Your Time’s article “Are your friends making you fat?”  (Click this link to read this article if you dare, for it’s a long one! )

I think this article should be mandatory reading for anyone about to consider making a life-long commitment to gain and maintain a healthy weight!  It covers all the important aspects of pro-actively creating a healthy, happy space to enjoy better health, one day, one person, one step at a time.

For me, I needed to address my families ancient excuse that “we’re all big boned!”  85% of my biological family is obese! Morbidly obese at that.  The stats show how most of my clan die at too early an age from stroke, diabetes, and related lethal outcomes of a life long love affair with denial combined with ignorance!

Strong statements there.  I know!  I make them based on real-life facts. I’ve held over 500 hands (virtually – through phone support) through my health and wellness program.  Folks have retired over 5000 pounds (that’s over 2.5 tons) when they STOPPED denying they had “an issue” and started learning how complex this issue of obesity really is!

To help my family and friends begin to understand how I intended to start living more healthy, I DID what I said I would do!  (We’ll cover much of what I do in upcoming posts).  The results spoke louder than my words.  As family and friends watched me retire over 100 pounds, they went through stages.

choiceStage one:  ‘that’s nice Soul!  You look great!  [wink wink . . . under their breath . . . ‘he’ll get fat again – everyone does!]

Stage two:  “Soul, are you sick?  You look too skinny?”  [People who know you most your life as a fat person often have a hard time believing you can really be a thin person!]

Stage three:  “Wow Soul!  You’ve kept it off!  How cool is that. I wish I could.  [Ah, yes, the river of denial is a long and deep one.]

Stage four:  “What is that you’re doing to keep healthy?”  [After years of skepticism, cracks in denial begin to break open.]

Stage five:  For those who love denial, resentment flavors our interactions.  The fact I retired my weight years a go is a painful reminder they still have work to do.  For those who deal with their weight, we bond like never before!

As you might guess, preparing your family and friends to support your healthy new life make take time and persistence!  It’s well worth it!  If you need help with this – get help!  Hire Peter.  Hire me.  Hire some one who’s got the professional background to help change HAPPEN.

Now, when I visit family and friends who insist on me eating MORE than I can possible eat, or eat something that’s FAR more deadly than enjoyable, I’ve learned a new response,

“Thanks!  Would LOVE to have more! I can’t though.  I have an allergic reaction to being fat!”

Good luck with your family and friends!  Send them the article above when you’re about to make your move to gain then maintain good health!


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