A Wellness State of Mind

30 Apr
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 3, 2009) Fred Fusilier, lead ...

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 3, 2009) Fred Fusilier, lead personal trainer at Naval Medical Center San Diego, leads a fitness aerobics class during the Health and Wellness Department Fitness Expo. The event featured health and wellness educational booths and various exercise classes offered at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Evans/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think of someone you know who seems to have embraced a lifestyle of wellness. Now think about their attitude, their state of mind. Chances are they are a generally positive person. Whether they are consciously aware of it or not, they have decided to view themselves as a well person. Once a person has decided they are well, they begin to make decisions that contribute to this wellness. A person who views themselves as healthy will generally choose healthy foods and activities because that is congruent with who they think they are.

I happen to know a lot of really great people who truly embrace their wellness side. They are fit and healthy, they are in their 40’s and they train for marathons, play hockey, swim, cycle, ski, etc. (By the way, these people come in all shapes and sizes.) I could choose to believe that they were just lucky to have been born that way. The truth is that some of them were raised by parents who really promoted this way of life – so in a way they were born that way. This is not the case for all of them though. Some of them were previously anything but the picture of wellness.

Becoming fed up with feeling the lack of energy and enthusiasm that generally accompanies wellness, they chose to reinvent themselves. True it was no doubt challenging at first, but little by little and day by day the small decisions they made began to shape them into a new version of themselves. Choosing to eat an apple instead of a bag of chips, choosing a walk instead of a TV show. These are not huge steps, but each time they made a choice like this, it reinforced their belief that they were a well person.

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the healthy self image just got bigger and bigger. To me, these are amazing people. Inspiring.

Live intentionally.

Decide you are the type of person who embraces wellness, and then just start being that person.

Here’s a quote I love:

“Great people are just average people who repeatedly attempt great things”. Paul Steinbrueck, LiveIntentionally.org

 So…Who do you think you are??


One Response to “A Wellness State of Mind”

  1. kimolgren May 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! 🙂 http://kimolgren.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/the-one-lovely-blog-award-2/

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