Healthy Criticism

Healthy Criticism_4webCriticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
– Winston Churchill

Healthy Criticism

I’ve been blogging for years and was proud that my last article, Right to Eat – Exercise it wisely was published in the health section of the Labor Tribune a regional union newspaper. However, when I showed the article to an esteemed coach colleague, she thought the article sounded, for a lack of a better term, “stodgy”. Ouch! No wonder the Pulitzer Prize Committee hasn’t come knocking on my door.

In person, I think I’m fun to be around and for years I’ve been billing myself as the VP of Fun and Inspiration. My goal is to be motivational, inspirational, humorous, a little pithy and insightful. But the dark images that crept through my mind regarding my writing skills; stodgy, frumpy, dull, same ole same ole panged me – in a good way. And after thinking about it some more, I admit that “eat your veggies, read labels” is boring and really isn’t news or helpful. If it was, we’d all be fit as a fiddle. Healthy criticism.

On the subject of healthy criticism, has anyone like your doctor, spouse or friend ever suggested you might benefit by losing a little (or lot) of weight? How about that person in the mirror? Maybe Jack LaLanne’s “Fit as a Fiddle Commendation Committee” hasn’t come knocking at your door. In my experience as a coach, I’ve observed a wide range of responses to this assessment from flat out denial, fear of failing (again), shame, embarrassment, confusion or maybe even a pang nudging them to consider change.

So, how would I begin coaching a person considering change? I’d say to you, “Lets first put this in perspective. Life is not a fifty yard dash, it’s a journey. There are no quick fixes or magic pills. So enjoy the ride. Breathe deep and relax. Congratulations for taking the first step and making the decision to take control of your health.”

Think about these things too.

  • There is no one right way. There are principles of good nutrition and health are universal and how you use them will be unique to your journey.
  • The benefits. Many people who get to a healthy weight are able to reduce or eliminate medications (for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and others), have improved self-image, become more productive, feel better with more energy and simply become more fun.
  • Realize that you bring value to your family, community and work place and that your investment of education and discipline will pay huge returns.

Finally consider the future. Picture yourself enjoying your passions whether they be family, community, fishing, travel, retirement or whatever. All of it will be more enjoyable with your improved health.

So if you are ready to (d)Evolve…

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  1. Patty Runge says:

    Mike ~
    The statement that “You bring value” to your family, etc.” is a point that people don’t seem to believe. It’s important to take care of oneself so that they will be here to enjoy, long healthy journey with family & friends.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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