I’ve never fit into a ‘box’

I’ve never fit into a ‘box’

I’ve always walked my own path. I’ve always taken the path less traveled.

Much of my life I started on a path paved in tradition, but then after walking that path for a short time I would realize… that it’s not for me… and I wanted more.


I graduated high school and my first major in college was Mechanical Engineering. I chose that career path because I was good at math. That choice lasted 2 years before I changed careers. I wanted something else.

I could feel the edges of the box I was in…

I then did a complete 180 degree turn. As a second-semester sophomore I completely changed careers and started over. It would take me an additional 4 years to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Athletic Training.

I would go on to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for more than a decade before realizing I wanted a new path. I wanted something more.

The edges of that new box were closing in on me…

Fate would introduce me to the profession of Nursing after a severe injury put me in a hospital bed. I would work at the bedside 8 years before the edges of the box closed in on me.

I moved on and advanced my career. I’m on year 4 of being an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I’ve mentored countless Nurses both in person and online by sharing my knowledge and experience in the best way I know how. But I know I can do more.

… I’m feeling the edges of that box again….

I still have a burning desire to help others. I’m a motivator. I’m a health care professional. But I’m also an advocate for healthy living. I know all too well what it’s like to be in poor health.

I delivered that message through my world of fitness, but I know I can do more and reach more people.

It’s why I’ve started my online Health Coaching business. I KNOW I can help others adopt healthier lifestyles. In the short amount of time I’ve started my business I’m already helping numerous people!

Fitness is only part of optimal health. I’m ready to share my knowledge with others. I can’t seem to contain my excitement!

I know I can help you, or you know someone that could use my help. I hope you’ll reach out.

I want to help as many as possible find optimal health. We all deserve it. Some of us just have a difficult time finding it and need a little guidance, a little encouragement and a lot of love. I can be that compass.

How can I help you?


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What is Health to you?

What is Health to you?

If you had to measure your current Health on scale between 1-10, what would it be?

…. don’t answer that just yet.

Let’s (try to) define health first. It seems no one can come to an agreement on how to define Health. Not even the internet. According to various resources, Health takes on several definitions (in random order):

 

  • the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain
  • the general condition of the body <in poor health> <enjoys good health>
  • the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor
  • soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment
  • vigor; vitality

Then we have the World Health Organization definition:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Reference: Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.

The Definition has not been amended since 1948.

Seriously?

Ironically, it seems Wikipedia has a pretty solid definition (in my humble opinion):

Wikipedia:

In humans it is the ability of individuals [or communities] to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social changes.

Perfect.

Health is all things related to your state of being well. All things. Not just your physical condition, not just your mental sanity and not just your social satisfaction.

It’s all of those things. As a Health Coach, those three areas are what I consider the pillars of health. Everything that affects your health  (well-being) will fall into one of those areas of focus.

Being in “good health” or optimal health requires a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy social (socioeconomic) state.

And it’s a balancing act. You have to find a “healthy” balance between all three areas (yes… pun intended).

Wouldn’t you agree, when one of those areas is off-center, off-kilter, off-balance or not well your over-all health is affected?

It’s not enough to be in perfect physical condition if you’re constantly unhappy. And it’s true what they say, “Money cannot buy you happiness”. Especially if you have high blood pressure secondary to the unrelenting stresses of your high-paying job.

Would you consider yourself “healthy” (or well) if you had any of the following:

  • injury
  • degenerative joint damage secondary to morbid obesity
  • always angry
  • always afraid
  • unable to pay your bills
  • unable to participate in your hobbies

Do you think any of the above would make you feel content? Would you feel balanced?

Probably not.

Health is not only striving to prevent actions that cause you to be unwell, but Health is the ability to roll with the punches of life. To be able to take a hit. To fall and have the ability (and coping mechanisms) to pick yourself back up.

Most of us have a tough time finding that balance. Most of us need a little help.. I know I did. It took me a long time to admit that. I sought help from others constantly. It took me years to find my balance. But I finally learned what optimal Health was.

So I ask you again. What is Health to you?

Referring back to the mind, body and socioeconomic pillars. On a scale of 1-10 where do you see your health right now?

10 = “I’m exactly where I want to be”

1 = “I have a lot to work on”

What’s your number?

What’s keeping you from being a 10?


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I remember my back always hurting..

I remember my back always hurting..

I’ve battled with weight gain. I remember waking up every morning in some sort of pain. I still remember my back aching, feeling this rope-like tension in my lower back.

The pain took a while to subside once I got out of bed. My shuffle was slow. I remember it taking me twice as long to get my morning going.

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That was almost 10 years ago.

I had gained about 65 pounds during Nursing school. A culmination of inadequate sleep, overwhelming stress, poor food choices and dangerous health habits had made me unhappy and dangerously unhealthy. I couldn’t do the things I used to do. It was the first time I heard “Pre-Hypertension”.

As a former “athletic” guy, my brain knew what I needed to do…. but actually making the decision to do them was so very hard.

Once I made the decision, I armed myself with as much information as I could muster. It wasn’t easy, but all the small changes I made have remained a permanent part of my life.

I adopted healthy habits that have sustained me over the past decade. I figured out the hard way that knowing was not enough.

It’s one of the many reasons I’m training to become a Certified Health Coach. The Health Coaching team I’m a part of is out to make America Healthy.

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Here’s the great news!  We’re hosting a live event on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 6 pm PDT | 8 pm CDT | 9 pm EDT and I’d love to have you attend to hear more about our program. Interested in participating or learning more? You can sign up while there are still spots available:

The TRUE Science of Weight Loss and Weight Gain

A live webinar with a jam-packed panel of experts including 3 physicians, 2 highly successful fitness trainers and a Registered Dietician. [Seriously, how can you go wrong??]

Don’t miss out, seats are limited: http://seanpdent.com/2eUUrBL

If you can’t make it, you can always schedule a phone call with me: http://www.meetme.so/SeanPDent


OH… and the Holiday’s are upon us. Anyone else nervous about maintaining your health? Do you like to play any games?

There’s this really cool Challenge coming up called The Holiday Health Challenge (starting on 11/21/16) .

It gamifies the accountability of maintaining your health. You participate in daily activities which you log in via the website or (free) mobile app like drinking water, sleep, exercise, etc. The points are tallied at the end of the challenge to determine the winner. The more points… the more chance you have of winning your money back!

While winning money is awesome, just imagine how many good health habits you could develop through this challenge, not to mention a supportive environment?

The game includes interaction and support from a community of people sharing your same struggle. The more you engage, the more chance you have at accomplishing your goal (whatever that may be).

You choose between two goals.
Lose weight: Lose 4% in 4 weeks
Maintain weight: Maintain within 1% to -3.99%

Oh, you can also earn extra points by inviting others!

I’m already signed up. I hope you’ll join in on the fun.

 
http://mdcinvite.co/HolidayHealthGames-Sean-98508


 

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