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 “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt

To continue this month’s joy habit of being in balance in order to live a more joyful life, today’s offering will examine the attention you give to the aspect of fitness in your daily life.

But it’s about more than just your physical body. 

Yes, physically you want your body to be fit so that you have better health, strength, and stamina as you age.  Developing a good overall fitness practice that keeps your body moving and your heart pumping will not only help maintain optimal physical health, but it will also help reduce mental stress and anxiety. No surprise there.  And lots of good evidence to support that fact.

But I see fitness in a more holistic way. I would include nutritional fitness in the category of life balance.  And I am a true example of the benefit of getting this aspect of your life in check.  Here’s my story.

In January 2019 I knew that the entire fitness aspect of my life was way out of balance.  I had let my weight increase over the years and was beginning to really feel the negative impact on my entire body.  I had inflammation in my joints, had poor energy and stamina, and was noticing a decline in my mobility.

Something had to change.

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You see, I had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the mid 1980’s and after several years of wrestling with the ups and downs of a disease that doesn’t like stress of any kind, and several exacerbations, I finally decided in 2001 to begin eliminating things that weakened me.

The first thing I did was to quit smoking. 

Like many other smokers of my day, I had attempted to quit many times, but nothing stuck, that is until I decided to stop drinking alcohol while I was going through the beginning stages of the nicotine withdrawal.  But as weeks and months went by, I realized how much better I felt, not just physically but emotionally.  So I made the decision to quick drinking alcohol forever.  And this year will mark 20 years of being free from two toxic substances for my body. Then in 2003, I stopped drinking coffee and now have become a tea connoisseur.

However, my weight was another matter.  I couldn’t just quit food.   

But finally, when I got really serious about tackling this last weakening influence, I realized that I needed some help in order to make this a permanent lifestyle.  So, I sought out the help of Charlotte Crowley, a local Holistic Nutritionist to guide me.

That was two years ago and I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 85 pounds.  I look different, I feel amazing, and I’m into sizes that I haven’t been able to wear in more than 30 years. I have more stamina and walk several times a week – usually doing a 5k walk at least once a week.

My nutritional fitness married with my physical fitness is finally in balance providing profound benefits in every area of my life, especially in the mind/body relationship where I’ve experienced a dramatic increase in my intuitive abilities.

You see, when you get one aspect of your life in balance there is a ripple effect on the other parts of your being. You feel more empowered to examine every area of your life in order to bring them all up to the same level.  No more lob-sided “wheel”.  Everything in harmony.  Everything in balance.  And that my friend is joyful living!

Until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

Love from your Joy Mama,

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