Health

Health

It’s taken more than a year but I’m finally feeling healthy again. More accurately, after 51 years, well-being is arising. The first statement refers directly to my body, and to some extent mind. Last year I pushed the edge of the envelope physically in order to reach my goal of qualifying for, competing in, and finishing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. As a newcomer to the sport, the task dictated a very demanding, and purposefully designed training regime. But, over time, it wore down my physical systems, and severely drained the mental energy I drew upon in order

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Enjoy Yourself

Content & Motion

My swim today brought something interesting, and a bit new. I’ve been struggling these last few days with listlessness in the body. So, slipping into the lake, caressed by a wetsuit, I wasn’t sure how long the session would last. On schedule was a 3500 metre steady distance build, but the system would dictate whether it would be a 15 minute splash, or a longer cruise. For me, relaxation while swimming usually only lasts for the first 50-100 metres. It’s not that I get uptight about being in the water; quite the contrary, I’m comfortable in that environment (equally as

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Energy

Nourishment

Today I was graced with two beautiful interactions by two very wonderful people in my life. To say that I’m chuffed by their complements would be an understatement. …Here’s right back at you mates. The reason for sharing this with you is to encourage us all to move in the world with grace, compassion, even tenderheartedness. Personally, I find that it starts with myself. If I care for and treat myself with kindness then the world is already a softer (vs. prickly), more loving place. For the last month I’ve lengthened my morning routine in order to better nourish mind,

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Create space to just Be.

Simplify

Today I’ve continued the task of going through all my belongings. The goal is to get rid of stuff. I’m an OCD kinda guy so organizing calms the quacking ducks. But that’s different than the energising feeling when clearing things away and creating space. It’s very freeing to remove possessions that have just been piling up, that I’ve not known what to do with, that I wasn’t really enjoying but was holding on to because of sentimentality or some other story. In ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘, Marie Kondo suggests holding each item in one’s hands; if it doesn’t give

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Stretching

As I wrote in my first post, one of my intentions for this blog is to share information about health & fitness. For me that includes opening the mind, body, and spirit. I open spirit through meditation, spending quiet time in nature, and connecting with people. I open my mind by reading and inquiring within. I open body through yoga (something that I’m only a beginner at), stretching and using RAD Rollers. There have been times in my life when I occasionally stretched, then, like many things, I moved away from it. But I’ve learned that it is helpful with

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Kolekole Beach Park

Fasting

Perhaps it’s time to shift gears a bit and talk about my eating. I started a fast three days ago. The reasons for the fast are multifaceted and summarized well by True North Health Center: Reset the dietary pleasure trap, Drug addiction, Autoimmune disease, and Exhaustion. For an apparently health guy some of these may not make sense so I’ll explain. The Pleasure TrapFor the most part, I avoid processed foods and processed sugar. However, I’m not immune to the call of the cravings. “Overstimulation by artificially concentrated calories can confuse normal satiety signals resulting in persistent overeating.” Part of

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