self-a•ware•ness (noun): conscious knowledge of ones own character, feelings, motives, and desires.
I would argue that self-awareness is one of, if not the most important quality in a person.
I like to think I’m self-aware, but am I really?
For example: I think that I live a healthy lifestyle. I workout a few times per week, do Yoga, eat right, walk, etc. Great. Here’s a fucking cookie.
I went to the doctor yesterday to look into something and to get a TDAP booster shot (soon-to-be parents, get one) and while I was there the nurse took my blood pressure. And, obviously, it was high. My BP read 150/95, which is considered hypertension.
Now I don’t think I’ve had high BP for a long time, maybe a few months. So it shouldn’t be a huge problem (also, I’m only 29). That said, it’s certainly something that I need to fix.
No more salt or alcohol, eat fresh foods, reduce stress. Okay. No more salt and alcohol won’t be fun but it isn’t too difficult. I’ve known to had a drink or two on the weekends. Probably about 5 per week total.
I think my issue is food. As an outside salesperson, I need to eat food that can fit in a cooler. So wraps have been my go-to. So, for the last five months, I’ve had a lunch-meat wrap and chips pretty much everyday. That just won’t cut it.
The first step is going to be to start looking at labels.
In the past, labels meant calories, carbs, fat, and protein. I never thought about sodium. I mean, I was young and couldn’t possibly be at risk for any of the issues that an older man has to worry about.
Here’s the thing: it creeps on you.
The good thing is, now I know. So starting today, I will clean it up. I’ll have a salad for lunch and start eating lean protein and white rice for dinner. I’ll eat more veggies and keep eating a lot of fruit. The good news is I love fruits and veggies. I’ll also start eating more salmon.
And I’ll move more. Add some conditioning to the end of my workouts and just try to raise my heartbeat and sweat a little. I also need to put my damn phone down. I check my email wayyy too often. The truth is, nothing is going to happen that can’t wait an hour for me to see it.
So there’s my action plan. Plus, with a baby on the way, it’s important to start working on our diets now. And I’m lucky to have a great, supportive wife, that will help me along the way. Most importantly, it’s just good to catch it early before it becomes a problem.
It’s better to be proactive than reactive.