“Nothing in life is trivial.”
~ Brandon Lee

Lifestyles are determined by habit.
One of the most insidious aspects of habit is its ability to dull awareness.

The focus of wellness is its integrative approach to the whole person. We must remain mindful of the consequences of our lifestyle choices. Personal growth has no end point.

Risk is inherent to making long-term cognitive and behavioral changes to achieve optimum wellness – it represents the catalyst for growth. It is human nature to fear change.

Optimum wellness is about accountability.


This time of year notoriously sprouts bold proclamations of renewal and transformation respective to health, fitness, and wellness.

Zealous intentions often dissipate when excuses become entrenched in one’s mindset.

The result: same shit different year.

Only you know the value of your health. If you need someone to motivate you to lose weight, exercise, eat mindfully, change careers, spend more time with your family, and the rest of it…you are in trouble.

Making the decision to implement lifestyle changes must come from within each of us. Motivation is external; inspiration is internal.

Lasting lifestyle changes must be purpose-oriented versus a feeble resolution. Linking the meaning of your life with potential lifestyle changes will likely define the next step.

Lifestyles are often rooted in fear. Fear can be a catalyst for change which imparts risk. Risk scares the hell of of most people. Risk is inherent to growth and blasting past fear and excuses.

It is human nature to spend an inordinate amount of time seeking answers outside ourselves. One’s belief system, self-talk, self-worth, and identity frequently sabotage his/her whimsical professions to change.

Give yourself permission to get out of your own way in the spirit of lifestyle changes. Gradual progression and consistency are the keys to your mansion of wellness. Envision your ideal life and take the appropriate action to live it.

Discover who you are and what makes you tick. Realize your meaning and purpose is connected to everything else about life. Awareness and expression of your Noble Truth will ground you to the world. You will, in essence, become centered.
Elimination of clutter, toxic food and relationships, and excuses will ensure harmony in the present moment, delineate effort from struggle, and propel you on the path to self-actualization.

Commitment is difficult. Excuses perpetuate struggle. The beauty of being human is our power of choice. Until one accepts responsibility for his/her health, circumstances, and the choices leading to this point, little movement forward or improvement will transpire.

Taking responsibility for every thought, feeling, action, decision, and result in one’s life is vital to necessitating lasting lifestyle changes. Pretending to be a victim is deceptive strategy leading to stagnation. Commit to lasting lifestyle changes and free yourself from egocentric captivity.

Measurable progress occurs only when one understands s/he has the power to improve his/her health, enhance other dimensions of wellness, and create the life they so desired.

Nutrition is the cornerstone to all dimensions of wellness. Combine mindful nutritive decisions with fitness to create a dynamic duo en route to optimal wellness.

Once clarity flows through your veins it may be necessary to tweak other dimensions of wellness to ensure a smooth ride to self-actualization…and self-realization.

Understand that making appropriate changes will take time because it is a process not an event. Our penchant for immediate gratification is often our demise. Think baby steps.

Tips essential to your commitment to vibrant health and lasting lifestyle changes can be found by clicking the below logo. Enjoy the series of videos and heed the simple messages. Use these tips as a springboard to achieve your desired outcomes.

Julieanna Hever ~ The Plant-Based Dietitian ~ offers subtle methods to profoundly alter your mindset and ease your way into the healthiest year of your life.

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One of the most unique transformative programs on Mother Earth is reserved for those who feel courageous on the fierce path to enlightenment. It is a multidisciplined approach to life.

Coach Steve Ilg’s transpersonal approach imparts “Spiritual Awakening through Discipline.” The line dividing one’s physical training and spiritual growth soon becomes invisible.

Transformation is achieved through fitness. Ilg pioneered both ‘Spiritual Fitness’ and teaching its benefits via online applications. Click either image below to learn more about this unique path.

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Wellness is a consumer-driven realm of society that involves education, awareness, discipline, and the commitment to take control of one’s health. It is about possibilities not pathology. It is about accountability for one’s health, fitness, and well-being.

People do a marvelous job of talking themselves out of what their heart truly desires. Habit, convenience, lack of time, and a host of other excuses become pervasive. If your health is important you will plan to make it a priority versus talking about it. It is that simple.

Optimum wellness is a by-product of mindful living. Optimum wellness is a conscious, self-directed, multidimensional and [w]holistic process of self-actualization. Your circumstances do not matter.

I encourage you to take responsibility and change the dimensions of wellness that are not serving your growth. Remove the blindfold and focus on living the life you truly envisioned.

Make 2014 the year you stop existing…and thrive!

May your Sadhana be strong.


Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.