Health is a top priority for me. I have overcome mental health issues such as Borderline Personality Disorder, I have lost over 35 kilos (77 pounds) since getting to over 100kg after the birth of my second daughter. In 2015 my body decided to body shut down. I became paralysed for months and had a cancer scare in the middle of treatment for my spine, specifically, they thought I had the cancer my mum died from. As you can imagine, this was terrifying and life changing.
Health resources I use to live my ideal, healthy life
Four Hour Body – Tim Ferriss
I live by the 4 hour body, which is a lifestyle, not a diet. It took me a while to get into it but for weight loss, strength and overall health, it has been the best method I have tried. I don’t do the ‘cheat day’ fully in this lifestyle because it makes me feel sick.
Essentially, the 4 hour body is a slow carb diet, high in protein and no sugar, wheat or dairy. You need to eat 30grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking, drink plenty of water, exercise (there are easy options in the book such as kettlebell swings) and be mindful of what you are eating, what it does to your body and why.
To find out more about it, check out “Weight is irrelevant. Stop weighing yourself and drop dress sizes!” In both these photos I weighed 78kg, yet looked drastically different and was two different dress sizes. I am now less than that and am focusing on building my strength and muscle after my health issues last year.
Get a full health check
To know where your body is at, what you need to work on, anything you are deficient in and to be able to create a plan to optimise your health, you need a complete health check.
- Get a dexascan. This shows you your fat percentage, muscle and bone percentages, gives you an idea if you are at risk of developing osteoperosis and gives you a base line to compare your fat loss if you are aiming to lose weight. Your fat loss is very different to the weight on the scales. You can ‘lose weight’ on the scales when in fact it is water fluctuations or other factors. You could still have the same amount of fat on your body. Or you can put on weight on the scales, but if it is muscle your clothes will feel looser and a dexascan will show your fat percentage has decreased. Get a scan, then compare it in 6 to 12 weeks.
- Get a blood test. I had everything tested last year when I was having paralysis issues, surprisingly my results were fantastic.
- Test for any family history issues. If you have health issues in your family, you might want to get tested for them. At the same time as the blood test, my doctor requested a urine test because my mother passed away at 37 of bladder cancer. I was 30 and since I was having so many tests, why not throw this one in too. That one came back with unexpected results and ended up in me having surgery for suspected cancer. Thankfully, I did not have cancer. I do have to have an annual check-up and surgery though to remove polyps and the surgeon said I will develop cancer later, however because I need annual surgery, it would be caught early and not be an issue.
Once you know where you body is at, you can set some real goals and work towards them. It is your decision if you choose to go with ‘professionals’ such as doctors, naturopaths, natural medicine practices, a personal trainer or if you do it yourself. Personally, I’ve used a mix but currently am simply doing the 4 hour body method and getting my check-ups to compare results every few months.
Having had my own mental health issues, I view mental health as one of my top priorities. Here are some of the articles I have written which help me. I by no means am trying to simplify mental health issues. I strongly urge anyone who needs to, to seek professional help, use medication if needed (I have at various times in my life) and work with professionals to find the best options for you.
How to stop feeling overwhelmed and stop overloading yourself
Borderline Personality Disorder – what helps?
20 ways to build confidence
I also found exercises like practicing an attitude of gratitude, keeping an attitude diary to list 3 things I am grateful for in each day, practicing meditation and trying to list 10 good thingd for every negative I thought of helped.
It took years of psychology for me to overcome Borderline Personality Disorder. Mental health issues take time and for some, they do not completely go away. Do the best you can and try not to let the pressure from others opinions weigh you down.
You might also find podcasts useful. I found Tony Robbins and Tim Ferris to be great.