52 Intentional Affirmations:

#9. I am a fit and healthy person!  This week I will intentionally exercise just a little more.

Each week I’m reporting here on my personal experience in implementing my 52 Intentional Affirmations. These are designed to help us be more intentionally mindful of the impact our intentions have on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life. (Click Here to start work on your own 52 Intentional Affirmations).

This week’s affirmation arrives at around the same time as the relaunch of a TV show here in Australia called ‘Biggest Loser Next Generation’.

I don’t watch the show, but my understanding is that this year the ‘contestants’ are pair combinations of a Parent and Sibling.

For any of us who have chosen to ‘look after ourselves’ through healthy diet and regular exercise, it could be tempting to point the finger of blame at a parent for the poor example they’ve set for their children when it comes to diet and exercise. But none of us knows the whole story of anyone but ourselves, and therefore, rather than judge others, a more compassionate approach is to just send positive thoughts their way and hope they find the strength, strategies and support to help them turn their lives around.

The estimated cost that obesity in general has to Australians according to an Access Economics report is around $58billion and I reckon one of the ways that each of us can help bring that figure down, is through making sure that we look after ourselves and become role models for those around us.

This week’s affirmation is one of the most important in the 52 Intentional Affirmations because so many of the activities that will help us live more happy, flourishing and prosperous lives depend on our health and fitness… not all, but many.

But if you’re confused about how much exercise, and what really is a ‘good and healthy’ diet, then you’re not alone.

Even the word “Diet” has unfortunately now got a negative and ‘fad’ element to it, whereas in reality, our ‘diet’ is what we consume – it’s not what we should or shouldn’t leave out… it’s what it is.

I was chatting about this today with Geraldine Georgiou from Designer Diets.  Geraldine is our personal professional adviser who has helped both Liz and I sort through all the myths about what we should and shouldn’t eat or drink.

Geraldine shared with me her intention for her clients (and I’m paraphrasing here), which was to “Help each client sort through all the myths and discover what’s the right diet for them, so that they can live more healthy lives.”

Designer Diets – get it? Very clever I think… and if you ever get to meet Geraldine either on-line or in person (and I hope you do), you’ll quickly get her truth. She genuinely cares for each of her clients, and what a difference she helps people make to their health and happiness.

So this week, if you’re not feeling too fit and healthy, perhaps you might like to seek some professional advice and get some tailoring done especially for you and your own lifestyle, rather than stuff that’s based on someone else’s lifestyle.

And just to conclude this post, I remember reading a speech that Baz Luhrmann gave to to a graduating class in 1999, where he said “Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.” And I reckon that’s great advice.