This is a collaboration piece. I was thinking about celebrities and how quickly they snap back into shape when they have to. I figured I’ll snap back into shape too if some good money was on the line. So, we asked ourselves one question and we all wrote down our thoughts:

 

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Nani Courten

What are my health goals?

My goal is to look the way I looked before I got pregnant. I took a picture back when I was one month pregnant as a reminder of what I should get back to. I was healthy on the inside and outside. I was toned, flexible, eating clean and eating for detox. My skin was clear, I had a healthy complexion and my hair was growing well.

 

What will my plan be?

My first thought was to quit my job and spend the day working out. Then what will I do for the rest of my day… No. I will dedicate my mornings to cardio, will either spin, run or do insanity. Then dedicate my evenings to toning and stretching, do yoga, barre or Pilates.

I’ll clear out my fridge and take out all the junk. The family will get on a weekly menu that is optimized for weight loss and detoxification. I’ll probably do a smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and protein & vegetables for dinner. In combination, I’ll get on different healthy nutritional programs to get healthy, switch things up and keep my system guessing.

I’ll plan more active activities to do with my kids and engage more socially to keep busy, keep moving, to relax and to have fun at the same time.

 

What came to me?

The question that came to me was, “What is stopping me from doing all this now?” A lack of motivation, I guess. Things may not be perfect now, but I am still ok, I am still somewhat happy, right?

 

Lydia Nylander

What are my health goals?

My health goals are strength and alignment- Mental, physical and spiritual alignment. It has been rare that all three have been present in my life at the same time. Balance is very difficult for me to develop as a practice – I swing gingerly from feeling under fulfilled to overwhelmed almost never settling in the middle.

When I’ve reached balance I’ve seem seismic shifts in how I see myself and my place in the world. I’ve achieved incredible things and felt a boundless potential. However, its elusive and the moment you recognize you are operating at this higher plane, some externality takes your eye off the ball and into a reactionary rollercoaster.

 

What will my plan be?

Having the time and access to professional resources to engage in mindfulness meditation, counseling, coaching and mentorship as well as a holistic health and wellness routine that moves past basic weight loss and exercise but addresses habitual reactive decision-making would be important components to my plan. I would start with a 30-day silent retreat. Many of us detox from food and alcohol but don’t detox from the need to communicate. Forcing myself to be alone with my thoughts and strengthen my own inner voice would be my first investment in a holistic and inclusive mbs (mind body & soul).

 

What came to me?

1) How do I make this happen without the incentive of bags of money. Can I achieve parts of this and build and grow as time commits? What about a weekend silent retreat to start?

2) I have been following the works of Pema Chodron recently who has a talk aptly titled the Freedom to Choose Something Different. It makes cringe-makingly accurate observations of getting stuck in reactive decision-making.

The talk reminds me that recognition is the start – that self-acceptance needs to evolve and that my enlightenment is by very definition a journey- not a destination.

 

Margaret Towolawi

What are my health goals?

If someone paid me $1 million dollars to reach my health goals by the end of the year, I would center my goals around spiritual health, financial health, and physical health. A $1 million dollar payout is a great motivating factor to put any plan into high gear and this is one challenge I had no qualms about accepting J.

When thinking about my goals, I wanted to make sure that I thought outside of the box and did not just focus on physical health alone while brainstorming for this piece. I hope you enjoy reading my goals outline below:

What will my plan be?

Spiritual health: It’s a priority because I believe a healthy state of mind lays the foundation for all other aspects of health. My goal would be to work on mindfulness while ultimately growing in my relationship with God. I would invest in a life coach, ideally with a background in Christian centered counseling, to help work on setting goals with the added benefit of having someone hold me accountable. I also would allocate a personal budget to invest in quarterly retreats centered around either mindfulness or Christian team building in order to learn about various ways that I can be more “present” with myself as I juggle daily responsibilities.

Financial health: I currently have a financial advisor that I meet with quarterly to help me invest for the future. I would increase our meetings to monthly, in order to help eliminate my current debt with a structured plan. I also believe in giving as a way to boost one’s financial health, simply because it feels really, really, REALLY good to give. The majority of my giving to date has been through my church, however I would want to challenge myself to commit to a cause centered around women and children. Ideally I would get plugged back into my prior volunteer work centered around mothers and newborns.

Physical health: The last goal would center around improving my physical wellbeing. This would include physical conditioning, healthy eating, and rehabilitation. I would invest in weekly personal training sessions. I also would challenge my spouse and I to work on meal planning at the beginning of each week. Lastly, I would invest in a spa membership in order to get monthly massages. This is always something I wanted to do, but never could motivate myself to make this a priority.

 

What came to me?

The main take away point from this challenge is that money can be a great motivating factor, but it does not have to be. When putting pen to paper after brainstorming my goals, it was pretty easy to come up with a list having money as an incentive. However, I realized money, even if imaginary, does not have to be the limiting factor to taking action in improving my overall health. In this case the buck truly can stop here.