Get Healthy Today, and Everyday: A day for renewal

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Well…. it’s my birthday today!! Yahooo!! Break out the candles and the champagne!! I’m 25 years old *cough* *cough*  Well, I’m 25’ish……

I love birthdays, and I make no beans about telling people that it’s my special day. Years ago I would pussy foot around the whole affair, tip toe through the day, not really saying anything to anyone yet desperately hoping that someone would take notice and wish me a Happy Birthday.  When, invariably, they didn’t (how were they supposed to know anyway), I’d go home feeling dejected and rejected, and really quite depressed.

I do things differently nowadays.  Maybe some of that comes with getting a bit older…and wiser…. Every year I buy myself a present–something that I really like that I wouldn’t normally splurge on, and I make a point of telling people that it’s my special day.  So, this year I treated myself with two lovely sweaters from American Eagle and a book by one of my favorite authors, Jack Whyte.

I also made a big bold point of announcing it on Facebook.  I don’t have my birthday entered in my profile settings, so unless I did announce the big occasion, people would never know, and that, my friends is a crime, plain and simple.  We all want people to celebrate us, and how can they do that if they don’t know about our day?  So, I told people! And check this out! I got a TON of birthday wishes–I felt like a superstar all day! How cool is that!

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Yep, I went to town!! I announced it with a big yahoo!!  And why would I do something so bold and attention grabbing?  Because frankly, my dear, our birthdays are days TO celebrate.  If we stopped having them….we’d be DEAD!  And that is not something I’m quite ready for.

This year I’ve been thinking a lot about renewal. It’s a time to stop and take a look at your life and get healthy. As you may know, I have written a book called THE PLAN and in there I talk about the importance of taking time on a regular basis to simply renew your commitment to yourself and regroup if need be.  For me, my birthday seems like a good time to practice some self-renewal to feel better and get healthy.  I’ve been sick now for a couple of weeks and it’s taken a real toll on me, physically and emotionally.  I started to really feel a sense of apathy about clean eating and working out, which for me is very dangerous.  As a self-confessed ‘food-o-holic’, once I start losing control over my eating behaviors, things can go south in a real big hurry.

Also, my birthday for me is a good time to look back at the past year and think about what I’ve accomplished and where I want to go. It’s a great way to get healthy in not only a physical way, but in a spiritual and emotional way too.  I think we all need to have a bucket list, and some things on mine are personal health-related ones.  I’ve realized that I’ve been allowing myself to cheat in the diet department far more than what is necessary lately, so I’ve decided to issue myself a little challenge, if you will.  I didn’t start today, because hey, there was birthday cake involved, but starting tomorrow, December 17th, I am going to make some changes in my diet.  Not huge ones, not earth shattering ones, just simple ones. Ones to help me get back on track and get healthy. And here’s the deal.  I’m going to make it a 365 day challenge (with a few exceptions.)  For 365 days I am going to stay away completely from crap food.  I’m going to eat clean 100%.  No more coffee with the fun flavored cream.  No more chocolate bars on Friday movie night.  There will be at least one exception.  I will allow myself a piece of pie on Christmas day, but only 1 piece during the holiday season, not 7 pieces. And why am I telling you this?  Because I know that writing it down and making it public will make me hold myself more accountable.

And why am I doing this? Well, I’ve just been thinking.  (scary, I know). I’ve been thinking lately how sometimes I think we self-sabotage ourselves from achieving great things.  I mean really great things.  Sure, I’m in pretty good shape and I don’t think I look terrible naked.  But I know I could look way way better if I really tightened things up in the diet and workout department.  I think it is easy to justify putting an average amount of effort into something by saying “Well, one treat won’t hurt”, or “I’m just too busy these days”.  I realized that if I truly do want to achieve the great GREAT things that I’ve been dreaming of, well, I’ve got to get real with myself.  Downright REAL.  These past few months I’ve allowed myself to slip a bit, simply because life is busy.

And here is one thing that kind of woke me up today.  In a totally good good way.

One of the members of my Beachbody team is a guy named Paxx.  He is one of the coolest people I have ever met.  He has had an incredible health transformation story (seriously good), he’s built his wife her dream home, he’s built a plane by himself.  He’s the leader of a boys group, and is an all around awesome guy. He’s a total role model in our group and I have the utmost respect for this guy.   He gets up at….get this… 3:30 am every morning to drive to his “workout cave” to ensure that he gets his workout in before his busy day starts.  Now that’s what I call a ROCK STAR.  Today he made a video to sing Happy Birthday to me.  Check it out:


I cannot tell you how much I loved this video.  The fact that Paxx would take time out of his day to sing me Happy Birthday—well, it just thrilled me.  And doesn’t he look fantastic?  This guy is the bomb!

So while I was watching him sing, I realized that I was thinking, “wow, he looks good”….and more importantly…..”wow, he looks like he feels good.”  And then hit me.  What I have been craving and seeking lately is not necessarily the LOOK (although it’s great), but rather the FEELING of been fit and healthy.  I’ve let my busy life sabotage my healthy life to the point where when I see the good feeling of being fit and healthy in other people I feel a compelling sense of longing.  I need to get that back.  And I KNOW that the best way to do that is to renew that commitment to myself and make it happen. It is time to get healthy again.  I can’t do moderation.  I know that. So, starting tomorrow, for the next 365 days, I will be off crap food.  I have some before pictures from the summer, and I have a broken scale that needs to get fixed.  I’ll get it fixed on the weekend and do some measurements for fun, but I know that success will show in many different ways.  Most importantly, in my improved sense of self.

Some people start to dread birthdays as they get older, for it means exactly that–they’re getting older.  Today I feel good though.  I feel a sense of optimism for the year ahead.  I feel empowered, because I know that I have experienced an ‘aha moment’ and moments like those are the ones that can propel you closer to where you want to be.

This year I’m going to do a few things.  I’m going to get fitter and healthier than I am now.  I’m going to make time to take ukulele lessons. I’m going to start writing a book.  I’m going to swim more and golf more.  And I think I’ll allow myself the odd beer. But no chips. 😉

What are your plans for the coming year?

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Cheers to creating your own destiny!

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Jody Zarn

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