A Relatively Unorthodox Way of Approaching the New Year

Today is January ninth which means only about 76% of us have bombed our New Years promises so far. Many of us promise to hit the gym only to not meet that goal and that’s when we find ourselves drowning our sorrows in a salty, fat-laden bag of remorse behind the couch at two in the morning. Maybe it doesn’t always go that far, but I’m here to discuss a more practical way to love on yourself.

I’ve had several people come to me the past few years with questions on nutrition and fitness. Those people from my speech class may remember me getting a little heated about the evil of Doritos. It’s getting me a little peeved right now that the word pops up on my iPod after typing “d-o”. MSGs make your brain cells expose guys.

Anyway.

The first thing we could all use a little more of is self-respect. Now the first thing that comes to mind for some is dressing “decently” for women or being a “man’s man” for dudes. No no no guys, I’m talking self esteem. When you finally stop putting emphasis on the drab opinions that others have through the very tiny keyhole they have to see into your life, well…your free. If your goal is to lose a few pounds, that right there will take off the weight of the world. (On the same note, stop giving so many shits about how other people live!) That’ll take off the weight of the universe.

On the same note, like what you like. Get into it, be you. Respect it. Like makeup? Know your stuff. Video games? Tattoos? Zodiacs and ventriloquism? No shame. Don’t put yourself in a demographic. That’s just a set stereotype someone somewhere uses in developing statics. Individuality is what makes this world a fun place. Like your music, your style, your ideas. Do you.

The second point I come to is brain drugs. Not to be confused with street drugs. Which you really don’t need when your brain has this amazing ability to make its own. Your brain produces four “feel-good” chemicals and releases them depending on your activity. Did you know when your parents kissed your bruises and broken bones as a kid, it really does make it feel better? That’s those brain chemicals for you, guys.

The big four are oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. Endorphins are our exercise motivation. It’s that beautiful feeling you get when you’re participating in your cardio of choice. Not the entire time, just when your starting to feel like your about to die but you keep on going aannnddd boom! your brain releases euphoric endorphins and everything’s rainbows. Dopamine is our “high on life” drug that you get from doing what you love. I get this from crafting and painting. Another reason to do you. Dopamine is what we get from exploring ideas and learning. That’s why we get addicted to a good book or really enjoy a class. Want to explore oxytocin?  Go hang out with some friends.  It’s what we get out of socializing.  Hanging out with your peps is good for your brain! Serotonin is an example of why we should be nice to the little ones of society.  Serotonin comes from the feeling of confidence, or doing something right.  It’s the feeling we got ourselves as kiddies when mom or dad stuck our stick figure portrait on the fridge.  It’s as good a reason as any to take a reading break right now and go hug somebody special. Both arms now.

The third point I’d like to discuss is a favorite for all of us, whether we admit it or not. POOPING. Did you know, not only do diet and exercise reign over our ability or the “healthiness” of our deification but STRESS and emotions play just as much of a part. When your body AND your head is in check, I argue that a good healthy poop at least once a day is in the top three reasons to smile.  So if your feeling stressed, just invert for a minute, analyze why you might be feeling a bit anxious, and address it.  Do it for poops sake.

In retrospect, repect yourself, others will do the same. Respect your body, because you only get one.

Here’s to wishing you years of good health to come.

Thank you for again reading my nonsensical blog again, and may the force be with you.

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