Lessons from my Aunt

Our days are so busy we forget life is all about choices. Many small decisions each day can lead you on to a fulfilled and health focused life.

I am a big believer that life is full of choices. Each day you are presented with hundreds if not thousands of choices, ranging from small stuff like what to wear all the way to major decisions like making a career change or deciding to start a family.

You also choose your reaction to events, your judgements, the way you drive, how you feel about your career, and who interact with. You choose what you eat, and whether you exercise.

You get to decide. No-one else can make you do anything. That being said, it may take a while to realize that you get to shape your outcomes by the choices you make. You are the CEO of your life and you impact it every time you make a choice.

When I graduated from high school, my aunt gave me a card and inside she wrote, “Remember, life is all about choices. You will always have a choice.”

I coach clients about their own choices. Not every choice has two options: black and white. That is why it is important to take a moment to reflect and ask yourself questions about the situation presented to you. You are then empowered to make your choice.

How to apply this to your health and fitness? You can choose to build healthy and prioritize your well-being. On the flip side, you can also choose to prioritize other aspects of your life. This is where the “pause and reflect” strategy comes into play. Every choice has a reaction and a consequence.

A great example is the choices made by busy professionals with demanding careers filled with shift work or schedules that are very full. I have had many clients in this scenario. They They have a family, full time jobs and work long shifts that challenge every part of their being. It is a hectic life that wreaks havoc on their body, stress levels and appetite. This lifestyle may not appear conducive to mindful eating or maintaining an exercise routine. But with each obstacle there is a choice: to continue on as before, or to make changes to overcome these barriers.

You can make a host of choices: To map out your week by planning your grocery list to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein. To prepare lunches to take to work with you. To break up your exercise efforts into 10–15-minute increments. To draw on your support systems to help you with child care and emotional support.

Know that you always have choices.

My aunt gave me great advice, which helps to remind me to make my own choices in every situation. I am in control of my choices, and therefore my destiny is in my hands.

Choose to make my mental health a priority, become stronger and live a long good quality of life.

What choices will you make today to achieve tomorrow’s goals?

Finish this sentence, “I choose__________________________________________.”

Now go for it! Choose, believe, achieve!

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