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2019 Retrospective

This is the type of post people usually do around the end of the year right away at the beginning of a new year. I’ve spent the last couple weeks in reflection just to really see what did or did not happen last year, and wow, it was quite a transformative year for me. I expect 2020 to be even more eventful and not because of new year’s resolutions, which I don’t do, but that’s a topic for a different time.

Last year started out like so many previous years with some level of discontent but no action plan, some level of health and fitness but not really where I felt I should be. Basically, a state of stagnation thinking and underlying discontent in many, but not all, aspects of my life.

To set the stage, at the start of 2019 we were following Keto ( kind of a crappy dirty keto with a lot of processed meats), working out in our garage, knocking out a bottle + of wine most nights, and before bed, I would take about 3 or 4 ibuprofen, a Zantac, and a Benadryl each night.

In late spring while searching for some new workout inspiration I came across a suggested post for something called Ben Greenfield fitness, so I started listening to his podcast - which was also a new activity for me. I had never bothered with podcasts.

All I can say is whoa! This is just what I needed when I needed it. The fitness and nutrition advice was invaluable, but this Biohacking thing was the game-changer. I started listening to podcasts of Ben’s guests and was consuming information faster than I could keep up with it.

My life became a circle of learning and applying - with passion. It had been a long time since I’d been this inspired about something. There was a focus, a purpose and it was to become self-aware, fully healthy, and living a holistically balanced and healthy life.

2019 saw me stopping my nightly cocktail of pain, relievers, acid reducers and antihistamines. By having muy gut Biome tested I was able to restore health to my body by eating beneficial foods and avoiding certain foods my body didn’t need. My cognition improved dramatically and brain fog was gone from my life! My chronic pain has diminished and is now basically non-existent.

I discovered meditation. I’d always been curious but unsure where to start when in July the Kion company had a 5-day meditation challenge. One email a day with information around meditation and a link to a specific guided meditation as an introduction. I was hooked! One of the videos was by Emily Fletcher, who had also just released a book on meditation, ‘Stress Less Accomplish More’, which outlined her Ziva Technique, that I have been practicing daily. This has been another life-changing event. The peace, the ability to focus, I won’t start my day without my time for meditation.

I started practicing Yoga, following along with Yoga with Tim and have improved my fitness level dramatically.

The most profound book I read was ‘Falling Upward’ by Richard Rhor. There was a serendipitous timing in coming across this book when I did as I found some answers to many of the deeper theological questions I have been trying to work through in my faith.

These are the highlights of 2019 without getting too deep into the minutia, which I love to talk about at length. This has already turned out to be a bigger post than intended, but let’s just say I am in the best mental, physical and spiritual health of my life.

I’m excitedly looking forward to seeing where this momentum from 2019 carries me and what 2020 has in store.

Until next time - Peace and Love to you!