Stemming tangentially from my post on Monday comes the idea of ownership for today's topic. In society today, it seems that we are always looking for the easy way out or trying to find the loophole so that we don't have to put in the work to achieve our end goal.
Take for instance our over-reliance on pharmaceuticals. We have a symptom and instead of discovering the root cause, we simply slap a pill over it and call it good. We want an instant fix; we don't want to take ownership for the actions from our lives that are causing the symptom in the first place.
For instance, if your blood sugar levels are borderline high, instead of starting on a drug to help artificially lower them, why not take a look at your diet and work on regulating your blood sugar by eating in a PFC balanced manner with real, whole foods?
Or, if you want to lose weight, it's time to change up your current routine with regards to nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Obviously what you are doing isn't helping you reach your goals, so staying put and just trying to "work harder" with the same stuff you've been doing for your entire life isn't helpful. Sacrifices will have to be made alongside of the changes. That's how it works.
There have been several points in my health journey where I became sick and tired of being sick and tired all of the time. So what did I do? I tried something new. I took ownership for my health:
September of 2016 - I started going to acupuncture regularly to help mediate my stress levels and balance my hormones.
January-February 2017 - I took 2 months off of exercise to help heal my adrenals.
August of 2018 - I started a class that allowed me to order functional tests for myself, and I developed a protocol for diet and supplements to follow.
October of 2018 - I started a completely different fitness program that has since transformed my body.
The point? I tried something new when what I was doing wasn't working anymore.
That's how I came to learn so much about nutrition, exercise, and living a holistic lifestyle. I did the research, put in the work, and implemented the changes.
Was it always easy? No.
Did I always know what to try next? Hell no.
But was it worth it, regardless of whether the results were positive or negative? Yes, yes, yes.
My point? Take ownership for your actions and your health. If what you are doing isn't working, TRY SOMETHING NEW.
Remember: nothing changes if nothing changes.