Monday, July 7, 2014

20 days of nourishment

This month I'm taking part in a different type of challenge.  It's overall focus is on how you nourish your body, mind and spirit.  It's not about counting calories or losing weight.  Part of my focus on a healthier lifestyle also needs to include those areas.

Hutch, the blogger who is hosting this, sums it up best:

Just like you have to train your body to run a marathon, you also need to train your mind to stay tough when the race gets rough. Training your mind and spirit is just as important as training your body.

Every day for the next 20 days I will rate the activities in my life as part of three categories – body, mind and spirit.
1) Keep a daily log of what you feed your body (eat and drink), mind (entertainment & education choices), and spirit (truths or lies you dwell on). It’s like a food journal for life. You must write down the good and the bad. It doesn’t have to be super detailed.

2) Give each of your items or group of items a score on a scale between 0 and 7. Use 0 for anything completely unhelpful, or negative, or unhealthy. Use 7 for anything completely helpful, positive, or healthy

I’ve focused almost exclusively on the physical aspect of my life of late – what I eat, how many calories, getting enough exercise. Focusing on the other aspects of my life should be justt as important. Being an atheist, it sounds odd to be focusing on the spirit side, but I see this more as concentrating on the positive influences in my life and having a better attitude. It also reminds me a lot of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do, which I would like to think that I strive to achieve in my day to day life.

  • Courtesy Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang 
  • Integrity Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role then defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right. 
  • Perseverance One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve. 
  • Self-control This means to not only have control over one's physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions. 
  • Indomitable spirit To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.

I truly believe that all aspects of your life need to be in balance if you want to reach your full potential and happiness. Hopefully by focusing on what I’m doing each day, I can find ways to increase my daily score by adding more positives and removing some of the negatives.

Interested in following along? Check out the link at the top of the post!

1 comment:

  1. Andy....I really like the idea of this, interesting and definitely gives you a lot more to think about. It truly is about finding a complete balance in all things. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you. Best of luck. :)