“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
– William Londen
I love this quote. I started my journey thinking that I just needed to focus on my physical well-being. Losing weight, eating healthier, regular visits to the doctor and such. And I could not have been more wrong. Good health is really more than physical well-being. That may be step one, but your body feeling better while your mind, relationships and career being in bad places does not give you good health.
Here is the good news. Once you start improving one area, the other areas first reveal themselves as problems (if you are unaware). Next, you are better equipped to deal with the other areas. For example, until I lost my first 20 lbs., I wasn’t equipped to handle bettering my mental health. However, once I took a chunk out of my weight loss and felt like I had a good handle on it, my confidence was boosted so that I could take on my mental health.
When I looked at both issues together, and being at the start of both journeys, it was overwhelming. I could not handle both at the same time and most likely would have failed in at least one or both had I tackled them together. I needed the confidence boost in the weight loss, which for me was easier to tackle. For me, it was simple science, and science I could understand. Less calories, more movement equals weight loss. The mental health way was a bit more questionable for me, so it is not where I started. But in the long run, mental health improvement made the biggest difference.