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I wanted to talk to you about the whole concept of Fit, Fab and Fulfilled. This phrase truly is a representation of my journey to get fit, feel and find my fabulous, and live a fulfilled life.
Sixteen years ago, while I was still living and working in Toronto, I found myself tired, exhausted, extremely stressed. I was losing lean muscle and experiencing a lack of mental clarity. The reality was I felt horrible and each was a struggle. I was caught in a vicious cycle which consisted of working long hours and serving everyone else; my family, my children, my employer, and the team that I was managing. I had my head down and I was running, running, running. One day I looked up… and I realized I wasn’t feeling well. Unfortunately I kept running while the feeling got progressively worse.
I remember going to my doctor, insisting he run test and do my blood work. Imagine my surprise when every test came back in the normal range. I remember my doctor telling me, “Suzan you’re fine, you’re healthy”. How could I be healthy? I felt horrible! I no longer had energy, it didn’t matter how much I sleep I got, I never woke up rested. Then my doctor said the words that would change my life. He said, “Suzan you are healthy but you are not well!” What? He meant there was nothing physically wrong with me. From a medical standpoint I was fine, however the lifestyle I was leading had a high level stress, and this “silent killer” was reaping havoc on my wellness, my sense of wellbeing. He then sent me home telling me I had to make some changes in my life or I you would not survive. He said that if nothing changed my fear would become a reality and my physical health would begin to decline.
In that moment I made a decision that began my journey to becoming fit, feeling and finding my fabulous and committing to living a fulfilled life.
Having been an elite athlete, and I knew where to start and what I needed to do. It was time to refocus on exercise, nutrition, and the mindset that had me put my health first.
I went back to all the fundamental habits that had me win as an athlete. When I was younger, I ran track, I played basketball, and I was a competitive body builder. All the while working part time and managing the homework and the assignment necessary to eventually earn two degrees. As my priorities and focus shifted I took my health and wellbeing off the back burner, reclaiming it as the foundation of my life. In other words I re-committed to getting getting physically, emotionally and spiritually fit.
Each day the first cup I fill is mine. I start each day with meditate and prayer. I pour into myself through reading, and listening to CD’s. I then workout by doing exercises that build muscle, strengthen my core, as well s increase my flexibility and mobility. I complete my daily routine by ensuring that my body is adequately nourished with all the things I believe it needs: Proper nutrition, great hydration, supplements, rest and recovery. Finally I commit to manage my attitude and focus as I work. My goal is to keep stress at a healthy level as well and to remain focused on solutions rather that expend my energy by allowing my mind to focus on worry, guilt, fear, and shame.
Once I began to reclaim my fitness, I was reminded that health truly is the foundation for all that I do. I chose to fit all other responsibilities around my health. I took the habits that I learned as a young athlete around mastering myself and my emotions, and I began to practice it as woman.
I soon began to feel and find my fabulous. For me, this is to begin each day totally energized, feeling fantastic, and ready to take on the world. I have learned to start each day from a place of abundance, knowing that I can be productive, rather than busy. Today I welcome abundance into my life, knowing I am ready to receive it, and effectively manage all that I receive.
As I began to feel deeply fulfilled, I realized fulfillment was an internal, it was a way of being. It was available when I committed to self care. It is to operate with a full cup, a sense of abundance. I now know that when I am fulfilled, giving and contribution occurs with ease. I am able to give from a place of being calm, grounded and peaceful.
Now people comment on how I seemed to effortlessly move through life with energy, grace and power. I know what they are experiencing is my commitment to getting Fit, feel and find my Fabulous, and living a fulfilled life. I am sharing this with you because your physical, emotional, and spiritual health is the foundation for all you desire. It is from this place that we each create our financial health and true abundance in every area of our life.
Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.