For about 10-12 hours a day I typically sit in an office surrounded by people where I would say one out of 25 exercise and most participate in non-stop office grazing (doughnuts, candy jars and the inevitable office birthday cake). Most of the time when I get a salad for lunch, or talk about running I get comments like “That looks too healthy” or head-shaking at the fact that I would get up early to pound the pavement as if I’m part of some crazy cult involved in satanic rituals and chanting of some obscure language.
I have to admit that since re-locating back to the East Coast I see more folks at the salad bar, and I’m fortunate to live in an area where I see lots of bikers and runners. Nonetheless, this is still not the majority. In a country where 3 out 4 people are obese, as my doc sister pointed out last week, the professionals, the poor, the middle class are all dying of the same things which can be attributed to un-healthy living.
So, to be in a room full of people who feel the same way, who don’t think I’m a freak for caring, who want to reach their readers and get excited about fruit and chia seeds is quite an awesome experience. Although we all had different routes and reasons for being at the Healthy Living Summit, we shared passion.
Throughout the day I had many a-ha moments (some stuck and some will take some practice). Lauren will be proud to know I started a savings account on Monday after listening to her “Budgeting for a Healthy Lifestyle” presentation. Ashley, Thoedora and Cynthia gave some great tips on utilizing social networking tools to make friends and surround yourself with people who believe as you do, something I obviously need to do as I get settled in my new area (any Philly folks, please give me a shout if you are up for a run or whatever: firstname.lastname@example.org). Dawn Blatner was awesome in describing action mantras that will motivate your readers. I think two of her more poignant concepts were R.A.W – realistic, achievable wellness and the 25-25-50 rule. I think being R.A.W in our writing and living is critical in reaching those folks out there that are thinking about making some changes in their lives. We have to be realistic and not expect the unachievable from our clients, readers or friends. They can’t go directly from daily trips to the McDonald’s drive thru to drinking Kombucha and planning healthy meals. That kind of abrupt, radical change is not sustainable. In addition Dawn talked about re-portioning your plate from the typical meat and 2 sides meal that most Americans (especially in the Midwest) eat. Instead of meat being the biggest portion, make your veggies the biggest or 50% of your plate portion and meat only 25%. Monica from http://runeatrepeat.com/ gave some great tips on blogger safety and sharing the details of your life in a smart way (NEVER tweet your location real time as one blogger learned a couple of weeks ago). And Katy Widrick rocked the house with her “Monetizing Your Blog” talk by giving tips to making money while not selling out and reaching more readers.
The Healthy Living Summit was a great opportunity to take a vacation from the Sisyphean grind and reflect on some ways for allpointswhole to sharpen our focus and reach readers.
I want to give a shout out to Erin at http://www.biggirlfeats.com/about/ and Bonnie who just finished touring with the film she and her husband worked on about young cancer survivors http://wrongwaytohope.com/ for sharing their inspiring stories with me and reminding me that one person’s story can make a difference when you share it with others and that daily we perform miraculous feats of kindness and survival.
And, finally a big hug to Caitlin (http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/), who by choosing us for the 7 links post really energized our passion for this project, and the other organizers of the Health Living summit http://healthylivingsummit.com/ for bringing us all together (and the fantastic swag bag).
What was your favorite part of the summit? Or, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, shoot me an email, and I’ll tell you all about it.
It’s Tuesday, so time to put the shoulder to the boulder. However, my goal for today is to walk the talk of healthy living at work and see if I can motivate some folks.
Here’s to passion and the power of positivity and inspirational stories
Freeing Sisyphus (aka Melody)
Putting the shoulder to the boulder and taking small steps each day to achieve freedom from the mundane.