In my forties, I was overweight, unhealthy, and allowed stress to rule my life. My quality of life was poor, and I felt that I was going to have a heart attack or die. I was determined to become healthier. I have spent the last nine years of my life searching for ways to improve my health and well-being.
What I accomplished in my journey to better health has gone beyond all my wildest expectations. I lost 90 pounds and, in the process, changed my life. My body feels young again. My strength and endurance is strong and, in many ways, I feel better now than ever in my life. Through simple relaxation exercises, I have learned to let worry, frustration, and stress slide away. I am balanced, happy, and centered.
The basics of my healthy living program are different from most diet and wellness programs. My path to wellness didn’t start with the usual strict diet and strenuous exercise; instead I started with simple breathing exercises. This developed focus and allowed me to relax. Once I learned to relax, it became easier to be aware and understand where I could make changes.
I took my time and gradually learned what was healthy and what was not. I slowly added healthy foods and helpful lifestyle changes. I learned to let go of my unhealthy habits. The one requirement was that it had to be done in a way that would be comfortable. If it was uncomfortable or caused stress, I let it go or made modifications.
My Story shares my health problems of nine years ago and, how through simple relaxation techniques, healthier eating, and gentle exercise, I was able to change my life. I am a common, everyday guy who found ways to help myself and you can too.
Stress is part of our daily lives. How we manage it determines how it affects us, both mentally and physically. Learn what the fight or flight mode does to our system when we don’t manage it.
The Healthy Breathing Section explains my journey in learning how to relax. I started my simple breathing exercises to relieve my inability to breathe through my nose. Then one day out of the blue, I realized I was feeling calm and relaxed. I can now easily breathe through my nose and the relaxation benefit I receive is better than anything I found to relieve the stress of everyday living. It is safe and natural and all it takes is a little bit of time.
The Meditation Section explains the practice of meditation in a manner that is simple and easy to follow. By learning to do simple breathing exercises one can learn to focus, relax, and live in the present moment. This peaceful state allows us to see more clearly what is happening in our life, and it gives us the ability to make better food, exercise, and life choices. These are simple focus and awareness exercises that can be worked into almost any schedule and start with only a few minutes each day.
Awareness helps us see more clearly what our mind is up to. If we can learn to live more in the moment, we can develop a sense of awareness about what is truly happening around us and within us. This new understanding gives us the ability to make better choices. Instead of reacting without choice or living on autopilot, we can use this awareness and understanding to choose healthier options that can benefit both us and those around us.
The Two Minute Relaxation Challenge is a combination of several different breathing exercises and can be done in two minutes or less.
The Healthy Eating Plan is made to be comfortable, doable, and flexible. If you starve, you will struggle. Changing gradually and letting results add up slowly is much easier to accomplish. I lost 90 pounds this way, and it was easy for me to do.
Juicing helps me stay healthy. It provides me a way to increase my vitamins, minerals, and healthy compounds found in green leafy vegetables, without having to eat them whole.
The Physical Exercise Section shares what I did to get into better shape. Nine years ago I was in very poor physical condition, so I had to go slow and easy in the beginning. Gradually over time I was able to step it up and increase my activity. You are never too old or too late to start changing how you think about exercise.
Developing Your Program gives ideas of how to put together a system that will work for you. We are all in different physical and mental shape, and we all have different likes and needs. If you can develop a healthy program that you enjoy and gets the results you want, you’re more willing to make it part of your life.
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Basics (Home) My Story Stress Healthy Breathing
Meditation Awareness Two Minute Relaxation Healthy Eating Juicing
Physical Exercise Your Program Recommendations Disclosures
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