I am embarrassed that my last post was March 2012!!! Of course that lapse of time represents the crazy (but great) changes that have taken place in my life this past year. I remember this time last year I had high hopes, the last half 2011 had been one of the most challenging periods of my life. Personally there were many changes and in many ways I struggled to find hope in the future. I remember ringing in the year of 2012 with a dear friend, who had dealt with their own sadness in 2011, and we discussed the struggles of the past year. We both stood on the cusp of the New Year with hope and expectation, believing that some how this year would be better. Perhaps this year we would find healing, direction, and a renewed sense of happiness? I am happy to say that 2012 has been personally a much better year for me! I had the privilege of marrying one of the most wonderful women I know! She has encouraged me and stood along side me as we weathered the storms of the past year, yes 2012 still had its share of storms!
So enough reminisce, right? I mean come on Travis, this is a blog about health and wellness so why all the meandering down the path of personal reflection?? :) Glad you asked that question! It is because our health and wellness is all interconnected. You can’t completely separate your physical goals from the entirety of who you are as a person! My personal weight loss and fitness goals suffered over the past year. During my trials and troubles there were many moments that I battled old habits such as my old nemesis of "comfort eating"! There were many times that I didn't exercise, to be honest it felt like to do so was giving way more energy than I had. The strange thing is that when I would force myself to exercise I felt so much better! Yet even the knowledge of that feeling wasn't enough at times to push me forward.
I share this because I always wanted this blog to be confessional. I do not have all the answers and yes I still struggle to maintain my own fitness and wellness goals. Despite losing over 230 pounds, it is continually a battle for me. Believe me, I know how hard it is. This past year I saw moments where I pushed exercise out because I was very busy. I was doing good things, things that I found satisfaction in. One thing I have learned in this experience is that no matter whether life is good or bad or in-between, it takes a concentrated effort to be healthy. In 2013 I am renewing and increasing my own effort. I am always looking for people to join me on this adventure! As always I welcome your emails or questions.
Wishing you a Joyous and Healthy 2013