You think you’re taking pretty good care of yourself. You eat some vegetables every now and then, you chase your kids around, you workout once in a while, and you figure that’s good enough. You assume you’re fairly healthy.
I spent years in that mindset. Sure, I worked long hours in my urology practice, but I didn’t think the stress, lack of sleep and poor diet was really affecting me. And I had more important things to worry about – like my family, my kids, paying the bills and well, just life.
Then I got my wake up call. During my first routine physical exam, I found out I was actually 25 pounds overweight and my cholesterol was 245. My doctor reviewed life expectancy charts for me based on my medical history and cholesterol level. It scared the crap out of me! I suddenly came face-to-face with my own mortality.
I had to acknowledge that my personal health had not been a focus for me at all. I had devoted all of my attention to my work and family while disregarding my own health. I had forgotten that my family depends on my health as much as I do.
I didn’t have the time and I didn’t make it a priority to exercise regularly or eat healthy. I was exhausted, and I wasn’t sleeping well. Basically, I felt sluggish, fat, and old!
I left my doctor’s office that day knowing it was time for a drastic change. I directed my focus and energy on getting healthy.
I applied everything I had learned during my years of medical training. I researched quality, published medical studies. I went to medical conferences. I read tons of books about optimizing health, nutrition, and epigenetics.
Through hard work and determination, I discovered the secret approach I needed to regain my health and vitality.
Six months later, I went back to my primary care doctor for my follow-up visit. I had lost over 20 pounds. My cholesterol had come down to 195! Most importantly, I felt young, energetic and healthy again.
How did I make the change? It wasn’t magic. It was a focus on proper nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, and mindset. It was a shift in mentality. It was living with intention.