Monday, March 23, 2015

The Art of Procrastinating

It's another typical Monday. The kids don't want to get up for school, I don't want to get out of bed. This cycle begins another exciting week. It was a good weekend, and it came to an end all to soon and now Monday is upon us. I kind of like Mondays these days. It has become a day to catch up on all the stuff that I put off and procrastinated on over the weekend. The laundry that I just didn't get to, gets done. The phone calls that I meant to make, get made and so on. Truth is, at some point we all procrastinate and put things off and to an extent we make it work out in the end but one area that we obsess over and love to procrastinate the most on is our health. We would rather spring clean the entire house, rotate the car tires and give the dog a bath before focusing on our health. The question is, Why? Why would we want to do everything else but focus on our health? Because, focusing on health can be a scary proposition. We feel safer and some how more secure by avoiding the subject altogether.

With all the talk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other health ailments we some how feel like we dodged a bullet by avoiding having conversations about our own health. After all, what we don't know can't hurt us, right? WRONG! Truth is, if we proactively seek to maintain good health and wellness we are more in tune with our bodies and can more easily identify symptoms when things go wrong. If you have been humming along, maintaining good health throughout your life, chances are when you do get sick or hurt you will be more likely to recover much faster than a person that has not paid any attention to their health at all. This knowledge alone should help us want to fast track our way to good health but alas it has little to no effect.

As humans, we are rather set in our ways. We like patterns and schedules and to-do lists. We don't like things that interrupt the flow of our everyday lives and some how taking care of ourselves has become last on the priority list. For years I was guilty of this. I would procrastinate on anything and everything if it involved exercise, eating right or anything health related. I paid a high price for that avoidance. At the age of 30, I was a mother of two young children, overweight, depressed, felt tired all the time and was diagnosed with cancer. To say it was a huge up call would be an understatement. Overnight it became clear to me just how much I had procrastinated my health into the state it was in. I didn't recognise the person staring at me in the mirror. I had lost touch with who I was and it became one of the saddest times in my life. It became very clear that by not taking care of myself I was going to be heading to a very early grave if I didn't take control of my health and put myself at the top of the priority list. It took a lot of hard work and discipline at first. I mean, I had to do a complete overhaul of my life. I knew the whole process was going to be difficult but I also now knew just what the stakes were.

Before having this pivotal moment in my life I would have faked illness to get out of going to the gym but now my body craves it and I love the workouts that I do. I feel better now than I did in my 20's and I am happy to report that I have been cancer free for over 8 years. The whole experience opened my eyes and showed me an area of my life that I didn't even realise I was passionate about. As I was making my journey to better health and wellness myself I learned that it was an area that really resonated with me and I went back to college and became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we focus and prioritise. Procrastinating about some things is ok but when it comes to our health we should never settle or put things off.

Do you find yourself procrastinating about your health and wellness? If this is an area that you are struggling with I would love to come alongside you to coach you and be a mentor to you to achieve your health and wellness goals. Don't let procrastination put you into a situation like I was in. It is never to late to start, but don't put it off any longer. Make 2015 your year to be fit for life!

If you would like to discuss your health and wellness goals and how my approach works, please contact me to set up a FREE 30 minute Health Consultation. It is free and those 30 minutes could really change your life!



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