It’s difficult to know what to believe when there is so much misleading information and contradictory advice being publicised.
Health, by definition, is a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing where illness and disease are absent.
There are unlimited contributing factors that have an impact on health therefore ‘Healthy’ can mean different things to different people.
Being healthy hasn’t always been a priority of mine, in fact the whole concept was completely misunderstood in my life.
I am not unhealthy but I have some unhealthy habits – like for instance knowing I have a dairy intolerance and still being addicted to cheese! I am completely unable to refuse a good hearty cheeseboard- you know the ones that look like they’ll give you a heart attack-they’re my favourite! I’m not the healthiest but I have had to learn how to make healthy choices and choose healthy alternatives,
However, those decisions did not come easily in the beginning,
My journey into health and fitness began when I moved to Australia in 2009
I was fully unaware of what healthy meant , of course I had learned the basic Food Pyramid in school but chose to ignore it as I still continued to make poor choices and eat crap! It took years of trials and tribulations to understand the basics.
That changed when I moved to Australia. Obviously living on the east coast of Sydney, surrounded by incredibly fit, semi naked humans every day, gave me the kick up the arse I needed!
I remember back to my backpacker party days when realising the only way I could stay in Australia was to study, I came home to my Share house one afternoon after a long gruelling shift in my hospitality job, I had a filthy cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other and broke the news to all of my housemates – I wanted to become a Personal Trainer – Needless to say I was laughed out of the room and understandably so I suppose, it was clear to them and myself that I was not yet ready to take my health seriously.
So I continued to drink excessively and be the binge food junkie I was for another few years. Not fully realising that what I was doing was completely detrimental to my health, there were many an occasion I woke up next to an empty Dominoes pizza box or half eaten kebab. One morning I had a sudden realisation, I was out of shape, exhausted from working ridiculous hours and being a social chameleon – burning the candle at both ends is a serious understatement!
There I was surrounded by some of the most beautiful people in the world and I looked like I was made out of a potato!
That became my first goal, I wanted to look good, I thought if I looked good, I’d feel good, but I wasn’t prepared or aware of how obsessed with food I was and how much of a mental battle that would soon become.
This inspired me to take my fitness journey to another level!
Not long after I had started my new found enjoyment with running, my best friend had me signed up for Sydney Marathon!
I had serious doubts initially for obvious reasons but especially as we didn’t have much time for preparation training! I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete it unless I began to believe in myself. No one believed I would complete it more than him, we crossed the line (almost side by side!) in 4hours 48 mins. This inspired me to take my fitness journey to another level, I joined a small quaint but not very well equipped gym to learn about form and technique where I was drawn towards group training.
It wasn’t long before I decided to up my game and join a real gym! I joined Titan Fitness , a prestigious gym on the beach in Coogee Bay, it has state of the art gym equipment, every machine you can think of and topped off with the most incredibly helpful, experienced trainers and instructors in the industry. At first I was so nervous, I would only stay hidden away downstairs in the underground HIIT classes(circuit training), I began doing 2 to 3 30 minute classes per week then after a few months of consistency I progressed to the 45 minute classes, some weeks doing 6-7 classes or more , once I began to feel fit and strong it was a massive confidence boost.
All the while up and down, obsessing about food and the continuous train wreck of ‘falling off the wagon’ then punishing myself in the gym for days and starting a new diet every Monday!
I proceeded to participate in a series of six and eight week challenges(Fun Runs & Charity Events) over the years which were absolutely incredible, they thought me about the benefits of weight training, good nutrition, discipline, they kept me eating healthy-ish and occupied by the food prep element, I had broadened my palate and raised the bar on my cooking skills, sometimes losing between 4 and 6 kg per challenge but quickly found myself piling the weight back on shortly after the challenges were complete. Once the highs of the success of doing so well had worn off, I would slowly drift back into old habits, knowing I would be able to train it off again, but would soon spiral back into unhealthy habits.
After a few more years of the nonsense, I finally made the leap and took action. I took my health into my own hands and decided it was time to really learn about the lifestyle I wanted to live. By this point I knew it was time to tame my ways and cut out most of my bad lifestyle habits – I was a social butterfly but nearly everything I did or social event attended involved an alcoholic beverage, I knew it was time to make a positive change. I was eager to learn and understand health and nutrition. It was time to start saying NO to what wasn’t serving my goals.
I cannot promote this enough
It is unbelievably healing
Of course it is a mental battle at first but once you overcome that fear (and get your shoulders under) its really not that bad!
We’re not strong swimmers, We’re not saying to go and do lengths of the beach or swim across the Atlantic ocean, just a quick dip , get acquainted with the water and see where that takes you!
The buzz down at The Cove, Greystones in the mornings is something special, get involved, sunrise swims are without a doubt something that must be experienced!
Sunrise Over Greystones – Image by Kate Donnelly via Instagram
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The Moment – Image by Niall Meehan via Sea Studio
The Plunge – “Image by Jacub Gomez via Pexels“
The Benefits – Image by Ashley Whitlatch via Unsplash
2020 A New Journey
Into Plant Medicine
Also the birth of BE KIND INDUSTRIES, Having known Mark for over 20 years now and having shared somewhat similar experiences in our past, sharing the same outlook on life and our passion to help people create positive change, inspired us to start our new journey together to help share our message, everyone deserves to Be Well and get the most out of life!
We have many exciting projects and products in store, the CBD vape range are our first products to market but if the vaping is not your thing, hold tight we have a range of exciting flavoured tinctures coming soon and plenty of surprises up our sleeve!
CBD has been my saviour
I have always had quite a strong head on my shoulders, remaining optimistic and looking for the positives in everything I do. But this year my world spiralled out of my control, Among other things, lockdown really toyed with my mental health and took my mind to places I’ve never been before where I was extremely uncomfortable. CBD removed the anxiety around the problems I faced and helped me remain calm and clear headed.
Luckily I am surrounded by incredibly inspiring people and I’ve managed once again to pick myself up and start another new chapter.
It’s never too late to turn your life around and take life back into your own hands.
I’m not the healthiest person in the world , sure my body is not perfect but I’ve learned how to love my body as it is and appreciate what it can do! I have learned what works for me – still would do anything to be a regular back at my favourite all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ joint – it’s all about balance but following the basic guidelines helps!
As I mentioned previously, Healthy means different things to different people, do what works for you but make subtle changes that will have a positive impact on your life, Improve your mind, body and spirit- you deserve it.
Being healthy is about identifying your needs, what works for you and finding balance.
Learn, keep learning, keep an open mind and Believe in Yourself.
Remember real medicine is found in the earth not in a lab
Good things are coming, follow our journey.
The truth is in the experience
Thank you for reading 🙂