“A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao Tzu). We have all heard this quote before and this is applicable to not just your professional life, but also your health. I see so many different clients who are at different points in their journey towards health. What inspires me most as a practitioner is that each journey is so unique and each client has his or her own story. To date, I have never had two identical cases, even though their “diagnoses” have been the same. Some of my clients begin to feel better in their first week and are able to get on the healthier path immediately and for majority of the others, it can take several months to even a few years. Its all about the journey each individual takes that gives the lasting results.
Last week, a client emailed me after her consultation saying thank you. I only started working with her last month to help her lose weight, to improve her nutrition and lifestyle, and help her get ready for her first London marathon. Although she got off to a great start, she found the month to be challenging and had a tough time staying on track so when we met for her appointment, she was feeling confused and disheartened. This led to our conversations about the journey of health and therefore, in time for the New Year, I wanted to share with all of you about the importance of the journey of health.
The journey of health (and the journey of life) is all about taking one step at a time. Often times people make it sound as if making healthy changes is easy, but its not always as straight forward as others make it out to be. The journey can be challenging, but it’s the challenges that you face that make you stronger.
First and foremost, the journey of health is all about learning about yourself. It is an opportunity for you to learn about the ideal routine for you, the foods to eat that make you feel your best, ways to de-stress, etc. When you choose to make healthy changes, it is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself and take care of yourself. With the right support, you can find what works best for you. Wanting to make a healthy change and taking the action steps to get the help and support is the first huge step. Wanting to make a change isn’t enough…your actions have to follow.
As you learn about yourself, you will learn what methods work for you and what methods don’t. For example, some people find it easier to be healthier if they have structure and some people like more leniency. Even if you have “slips” along the way, its still a part of the learning process. There is nothing wrong with deviating from the path, but what matters most is how you handle it. Like I tell my clients, don’t beat yourself up over it either, because stressing about it doesn’t make it any easier. Becoming healthier doesn’t happen overnight so when you slip, learn from it. The entire process is a learning curve and the path towards health isn’t always straight forward.
By now, as my readers and followers, you are all aware that there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to your health. I tell everyone, including prospective clients that if you want a quick fix, then I am not the person to help you out. But if you are interested in taking the trip towards health and truly making the dietary and lifestyle changes that will help you lead a more balanced life, then I will gladly help you out. Let’s make 2015 a healthier year and I encourage all of you to take your health into your own hands.