Going through boot camp has been both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. I’ve been making great progress on the mental and spiritual side but I’m still struggling with getting back into the kind of shape that I want.
I know the problem, I was attempting to write a book, manage a blog, doing media and trying to get healthy at the same time. It was simply asking for too much too soon. Something had to give and it was my workouts. In hindsight the best way to transition into VLR would have been to take a break from work and just focus on my mind, body, and spirit. So now it is time to re-group and re-focus.
I realize now that I need balance I have had great discipline writing my book, preparing for interviews, and making presentations to support VLR, but I also need discipline in my approach to exercise and a healthy lifestyle. I need to build up slowly, like most things in life if you bite off more than you can chew, chances are that you will get discouraged and not be successful. So here is my advice set reasonable goals that challenge your comfort zone, and build from there. Learn from my mistakes.
I’ve been getting frustrated with the time it has been taking me to achieve any significant weight reduction. This frustration has created stress and since my goal is to reduce stress, especially self-induced, I’ve decided not to take my weight anymore. I still want to share updates with you so I will do is report my weight results at year-end when I do my annual wrap up. In place of the regular weigh-in I will share updates on some “milestones” I have created, once I have achieved these activities, it should result in weight loss. Below are my three “health” milestones for 2017.
• Swim across the lake (1.5k) at the cottage by the end of August
• Do a 21k run/walk with the Contessa by the end of October
• Do a 120k bike ride by October
I’m excited by these milestones and feel that all are within my grasp. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
“I Finally Get It”
It only took me sixty-two years to finally figure things out for myself. My realization didn’t come to me in the middle of the night like it did to Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now”. I didn’t wake up one morning all enlightened and transformed, for me it was a much slower process. My realization came after a significant amount of reflection and introspection during “boot camp”. I now have clarity about how I want to live the rest of my life. I have a better understanding about what makes me happy and what make me feel the most alive. I now experience things which I took for granted or never notice before. I’m amazed at all the awesome things that surround us but we don’t recognize because we are so busy with our lives. I now live my life in the moment.
Getting My Happy Back
I wasn’t very happy near the end of my corporate career. My former purpose, was to take care of my family and work hard at climbing out of the “big dip”, was not enough anymore. I had worked hard to get financial independence and had no other goals to pursue. I was just surviving, I had lost my passion, which is not a very exciting way to go through life. I knew I needed to change things but was struggling to come up with a good answer. It’s hard to walk away from a good paying job late in your career but then again it’s just as hard working in a job that you no longer enjoy just so you can save more money for a retirement where you have no plan or vision.
Living without purpose will result in you losing enjoyment and excitement for what the day will bring. I wanted/needed that feeling back in my life. Life can be hard, I get that but it is also full of wonder and possibility. Wake up from the stupor many of us have lived in, don’t let time slip from your grasps. Start now and begin designing a life that will deliver what you need to be happy.
I’ve been struggling with habit change but I can see myself evolving into the “New me” or the person I want to be. My attitude is better, I am focused, and thinking clearly.
I am Mike Drak and I’m finally happy with that.
A quick question for you – Do you feel special living on this planet with a purpose that is unknown? The Contessa and I both feel we are special. Are we alone, how do you feel? We would love to hear from you!