January 16, 2018

A Matter of Priority

On a recent trip, I had lunch with a couple other conference attendees. I was surrounded by people eating french fries and burgers. I ordered a sparking water and sliced avocado.

How can you be so discipline when you travel? one woman asks.

Hmmmmm, I scratched my head. Discipline?

But here’s the thing, when you’re committed to feeling really good – having plenty of energy, being able to focus on what you’re doing, feeling comfortable buttoning your pants – then eating something that would leave you feeling terrible – tired, foggy, bloated – is just not appealing. For me, passing up french fries is as easy as taking a minute to ask myself, how do I want to feel this afternoon? and letting a clear image come to mind. French fries won’t take me where I want to go, so passing on them requires no discipline.

Vitality, like pretty much everything in life, is a matter of priorities. Consider the following:

When a person says, I’m too busy, that’s code for I’d rather spend my time in other ways.
When a person says, I can’t afford that, that’s code for I’d rather spend my money on other things.
And when a person says, But dessert tastes so good, I have to have some, that’s code for I prioritize taste and instant gratification over long term vitality.

Your priorities are your priorities, and I’m not trying to say that vitality should be at the top of your list. Health and vitality should be where you choose for them to be.

In fact, I strongly recommend that you get really clear – for your own benefit – on where among your list of priorities things like health, weight loss, having more energy, improving sleep, getting stronger or more fit, mood stability and other metrics lie. Because once you’re clear, you no longer have to wrestle with yourself. You no longer have to call on willpower when you’re simply making choices that are aligned with what you say is important. And if you decide the things on this list are not important to you, then you get to stop pretending that you should be eating any differently, or moving your body any more, and that’s liberating.

For me, I want to feel good. And I especially want to feel good when I’m traveling, so eating crap while on the road is even less appealing than it typically is. I’m not going to miss out on my vacation because I need to take a nap. What that looks like in a practical sense is bringing my running shoes, have keto-friendly snacks just in case I can’t find some (sometimes I don’t need them, but I always have them), and taking all around good care of myself while one the road. This keeps me at my best, and when I’m at my best, I’m having the most fun.

But let’s be real… it’s not about me and my choices. It’s about you and yours.

What’s your priority?

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