Extra! Extra! Read All about It! I’ve Discovered the Panacea to Good Health!

Gotcha.

There is no panacea, magic pill, secret sauce, or one thing that can fix our health. Our bodies are made up of various systems that operate symbiotically at different levels, interrelated in complicated ways. So much that science tells us and yet so much that researchers still do not truly understand. So many ancient remedies that seem like old wives’ tales, and yet… at least anecdotally, a lot of them seem to work. So many people peddling their one secret Way. Just buy their book, take their master course, or sign up to be coached by them. And under the comments section, one can read just as many “thank you, this helped me so much” boxes as “this is a hoax and a waste of your money”.

What does that mean for those of us trying to find our way?

It means each of us has our own individual path, we must do our own research, we have to experiment on ourselves and try out different things, we need to rely on our own common sense and intuition to discover what can work for us. We need to develop persistence in doing routines that are good for us and resilience not to slide into bad habits that are detrimental to us.

We can only share our own experience and successes and not necessarily give advice to encourage others to take our paths. Our personalized, customized-for/us, and through-trial-and-error ways.

If I were to write a book after I reach my ultimate level of health and wellness because people want to know how I did it, it would be called “No, There is NO Magic Pill: Baby Steps to Physical and Mental Wellness”

Chapter 1: There is No Panacea

Chapter 2: Food, Exercise, Sleep, Thought, Feeling, Relationship

Chapter 3: Try What You Can Afford Versus Advice from Chinese Parents

Chapter 4: It’s All Related; Do Your Research

Chapter 5: You Start Where You Start

Chapter 6: Break the Vicious Cycle Somewhere

Chapter 7: Find Your Tribe; Do What You Love

Chapter 8: Reframe Your Perspective: Helpful or Harmful?

Chapter 9: Decide What You Want and Just Do It

Chapter 10: You Don’t Fail Until You Quit

I am incredibly proud of myself. Over the past few months, I have changed my relationship with food, established that an average of 10,000 steps daily is doable, and fit into some of my all time favourite clothing that I have not been able to wear in a long time (many years). One concrete measurement is weight… and I’m happy to say that I’m down 20 lbs from my high of 200+ lbs.

I will write that book once I’ve hit 150 lbs, can run a 10k, and am the picture of health both physically and mentally. Stay tuned!

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Milestones!!!!!!!!!!

Woot woot!  This is a class of firsts.  After 3 months of sweating through Beginner Kung Fu class, I hit a bunch of milestones today and I am sooo unbelievably excited.

I had already noticed that in my normal day to day, I could feel tiny changes to my body that were shifting me towards my goal of health and strength (for example, I’m not huffing and puffing horribly going up a couple flights of stairs). But I had still been finding class hard… Every morning on the day of class, I still habitually wonder if there is a good excuse why I shouldn’t go to class.

The first milestone I hit was during warm up when we ran around the room.  This was the first time EVER that I didn’t slow down or stop or walk.  I ran the whole thing!  I ran the WHOLE thing with the class!

My second milestone was during stretches.  Instead of getting crazy foot cramps every time a stretch pushed my foot a bit further than it was used to being pushed…  no cramps!  no Charlie horse!  not a single foot ouchy!

My third and most exciting milestone is that I didn’t once wonder how far away we were from end of class.  I didn’t think oh, we’re halfway through, just get through the next half.  I didn’t sigh and think, oh man, I have to hold this just a bit longer. I didn’t go aargh, I can’t do this, I can’t do this. I didn’t do any clock watching.  I just lived in the moment, leaned into every task and did my very best.

Sure, I’m still too fat and I’m definitely not yet in shape, but I know that I’m on track.

Wait until you see me next year!