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Ways to Make Health A Priority

Making Health a Priority

Updated: August 2021

Hey everyone, ready to learn three important ways to make health a priority?  The post isn’t like my other inspiration or writing posts. Today, is all about my personal health crisis and making health a priority.  

Here’s why I chose to get personal today. To be successful in anything – you must make your health a priority.

So… about a week ago (initially posted 2018) I went to the doctor for my yearly physical (not the girl kind). And what I learned… yikers! 

Health Priorities

Making health a priority is important, but not always easy! Here’s a look at my first three days making health a priority. 

As an entrepreneur (business owner, writer, freelancer, parent, partner, speakers, etc.) we have so many balls we’re trying to juggle at any given time we forget to take care of our self. 

We forget to drink enough water

We don’t exercise regularly

We forget to eat healthy snacks and meals

We forget to get away from the obligations and grind and do things that make us less stressed, more happy and do good for our mind and body.

Am I correct?

Journaling to a Healthy Life

Snippets from my journal. 

Day 1: Not too bad. But I know from previous detoxes the first day isn’t the problem. I think I got this, this time. Yes, I can do this!

Day 2: Worst because of the headaches and change in routine – routine of when and what I ate, not not eating and starving. That’s the thing, this isn’t much different than what I’ve done in the past. The change in when and how I eat is like a full-time job, without the pay. 

Ugghh, can I really keep doing this?

So what is the problem today?

Tired! T.I.R.E.D.

Oh my goodness I want to sleep. I want to crawl onto my bed and sleep, but then tonight I won’t. Tomorrow I’ll be dreading a full-day of running around, phone calls, appointments, etc. Uggh, I know this whole making health a priority is important. I must keep moving forward. You got this Susan…

Day 3: The food sucks. The timing of when I get my coffee sucks. The pills suck. The whole day…SUCKS! Enough said.

Finger poke: 115

“Dang it! Too high. Need to continue on the regime regardless of how crappy I feel at the moment. You got this! Keep going.”

My goal is under 95 at the end of the six week making health a priority. I will be way out of the danger zone and no longer pre-diabetic.

Keep reminding yourself this is a journey. You didn’t get this way overnight, and you won’t fix it overnight. Believe in yourself. 

You can do this Susan! Keep making health a priority. 

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Healthy Goals

Making Health a Priority
  1. No longer pre-diabetic.
  2. Thyroid WNL (within normal range)
  3. Cholesterol normal
  4. At a more ideal weight (145-155)
If you want it bad enough…

My youngest son and I have a mini-marathon we are running at the end of September. This will be his first, my 4th. I want to be healthy enough to run the entire 13.2 miles if he choses too. To complete the mini-marathon I have to make ME important.

Here we go training!

DAY 1 of marathon training! Here’s a snippet from my day one journal. 

So despite feeling like dragging butt today, I’m going to pull my big-girl grunder-duds on and suck it up. My health is way important than my damn excuses. 

Today’s excuses: too cold, too tired, too cranky, too sore… . Snap out of it Susan. You have a little mini-you waiting for you to run a damn marathon. No matter how sucky today is, you know that the minute you finish your training, you will be so much happier that you didn’t stop. 

I know today is not the norm. I know the minute I stop writing this post I get to have my coffee!!!!! HELL YES! I can’t wait for the pick me up!

And so to all the people who are struggling in life, business, and relationships, and you know what guys, it’s a lot of people. 

A lot. 

“I can’t do this (whatever it may be).” Or, “Susan, you’re not like me, it’s way more difficult.” 

Mindset Matters to make health a priority

I am telling you that if you start thinking with the mindset of, “My LIFE is more important than the challenge I am currently facing, I KNOW I can do this. I KNOW there will be obstacles. I KNOW I am stronger than anything I face.” 

Because I guarantee you this… If you continue and are consistent, you will succeed!

But you must continue, it’s the best choice you have. And you know, at the end of the day if you’re reading this and you’re like, “It sounds all hunky-dory Susan, I get it. I don’t have the life you have. I don’t have this or I’m not like you.” 

That’s correct. You are not like me. You are YOU! You don’t have to start today or make your health a priority. I never thought I had to make my health a priority either. I thought I was healthy too. 

Bite Sized Health Priorities

Any time you decide to change, you should consider bite-size changes for success and happiness. Why? Because change is hard as hell! Like, seriously hard to change. 

Ways to bite size your way to health

  1. You could start walking (it’s free) 5 mins a day. Don’t try to run a marathon, you most likely will fail. Start small and work your way up. 
  2. You could start blogging. Blogging is so much fun! You have the freedom to write and post whatever you want! 
  3. You could start writing. 5 mins a day is all you need to do to create a positive habit. Write about what you did to prioritize your health. 
  4. You could meditate. Meditation has a ton of healthy benefits. 
  5. You could chose fresh vegetables instead of a boxed meal. Summer is my favorite time for fresh, out of the garden veggies! Yummmmm! 
  6. Heck, you could chose not to have a can of pop today!

 

There are so many ways to change your life for better health. 

Is it going to take you a long time to change your health? Yes, it will. Is that okay? Yes, ABSOLUTELY YES! But you know what, if you think outside the box, and do what works best for you, you will make better health choices. Do what’s best for YOUR LIFE – the best life you desire.

Are you ready to make health a priority? 

Let’s go! Take the leap, and don’t worry about anything else. Don’t just sort of do it, it’s not going to do you any favors. Fully commit to making your life the best healthy life you can possibly live! 

Update to Marathon

My marathon training came to an end soon after starting. Before you get all sad, it was okay. My son ended up getting a stress fracture and had to rest for several weeks. 

On the day of the race, the weather was miserable – freezing rain. I believe the universe was looking out for my son and I that day! 🙂 

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Susan R Kiley is an author, content creation expert, blogger, podcast host and YouTube host. She provides real-world information on how to build wildly happy and successful businesses using content without overwhelm. The Success YOU podcast is all about empowering today’s content creator, aspiring writer and YOU to finally do the dang thing and start doing today that truly makes you happy! Susan also runs a digital agency, Kiley Media.

2 Responses

  1. I totally agree with, “You can go after what you want in bite size increments.” When you go too fast, I think you tend to fail faster also. Writing my book currently I have been going in bite size increments. I hope to have it completed by the end of the year.

    1. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate you! I’m cheering for you to write and complete your book!!

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