CARE About Yourself

by Al Smith

guest blog post by John Sherry

It’s a well known phrase used the world over.

Your body is a temple.

Many would agree but treat it as a leisure centre instead using it for all manner of fun, play and subtle abuse.

I’m often amazed that people come to me for help with their sports performances yet it’s glaringly obvious that they’re game is sluggish because the way they treat their body is the same. If you let an Indy Car go to rust expect it to spill oil and fumes all over the shop.

Humans are also lean mean fighting machines, but need to have the kind of care a Rolls Royce or Lamborghini would get so they stay that way.

Too many people spend most of their time caring for and about others but ignore the No.1 individual who needs all the love, respect, and support in the whole world. Themselves.

So, if you ever want to truly care that’s where you have to start.

Caring about yourself.

Here’s a few self-care pointers that ensures you’re building a bodily temple worth worshiping.

  1. Fuel – Your engine needs the type of octane input that keeps it firing on all cylinders. Bad fuel, poor performance. Feed it the best you can. Fuel (food) that is as packed with freshness, nutrients, and variety as possible. Add to that ask yourself often why you are eating what you are currently devouring. The answer to that will leave a clue as to whether you are powering up your system or harming it.
  2. Movement – Getting up to change the TV channels isn’t it. Your body needs air in the lungs, oxygen in the blood, and activity in the muscles. It needs to work to keep it in peak shape and functioning at optimum level. For that you’ve got to get on the move – some dynamic motion. Forms of exercise that will do nicely will be walking vigorously, some form of sports, gym work, or even up and down the stairs fast, ten times a day.
  3. Breathe – whilst this is a natural facet of living as a human, virtually all people do so only at the most basic level to survive. Rarely do most of us breathe fully and healthily even when we’re not sweating it out with exercise. Ultimate body management and endorphin creation involves long, deep breaths of good air numerous times per day to power up the lungs and spread good oxygen to every cell of your system. You can breathe to survive or breathe more to thrive.
  4. Appreciate – your body can’t be traded in like an iPhone for the latest model or as a downpayment on a slick new auto with your existing one. It has to last for life, ’cause, well hell, it was made for life, not for a few decades! So, love and appreciate it enough so that it will last as long as you last. Pamper it, adore all your bits whether they wobble, flop, or turn heads, rest it, replenish it, and learn to listen to it. It’s heaven made in human form.

Caring makes the world go round. It’s love expressed in another power packed manner.

But love starts with you yourself.

You have to be worth it before others are worth it. You don’t get to be left out. You teach a message that I value and respect my body 100% so, therefore, I also will respect and value you too. It’s potent and clear for all to see..and to respond to for themselves.

You become that shining example!

When you take care of No.1, every other person gets the benefits too.

John SherryAbout Today’s Guest
Today’s guest is John Sherry, a Sports Motivator helping everyday people to make their sports dreams come true. He writes a blog with free tips on sports motivation at 100%Champions.com. Drop by and take your sports to the next level.

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Kaarina Dillabough November 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

Excellent post, John, and one that, as a former Olympic level coach, I resonate with completely! Your words are ones I’ve used with athletes over the years, and they apply equally to all individuals looking to be the best they can be.

I’ve worked with both male and female athletes (hockey, lacrosse and rhythmic gymnastics), and in general terms, we’ve always talked about “garbage in, garbage out- good stuff in, good stuff out” in terms of performance. Whether that’s the quality of food we’re ingesting, the depth of breath we’re taking or the thoughts we’re thinking, it’s all about consuming what’s optimal for optimal performance. Couldn’t agree more with your points:)

And just as an aside for those looking to link to your site…I found the link above broken, and found you at http://100percentchampions.com/ Cheers! Kaarina
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John Sherry November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

Thank you Kaarina, great to meet an Olympian coach!! I think all athletes should have a care plan beyond the fitness training which includes self-appreciation, upbeat encouragement, mental motivation, and learning positive self-talk. It should be an integral part of the package. I know many an Olympic champion wasn’t the best competitor but held the greatest self-belief and visual imagination that their name was on the gold medal. For the rest of us self-care is like wearing a gold medal in our life.

Great to meet you and thanks for the info on the dud link, I’ll let Al know. Hope you continue to unfold gold!
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Kaarina Dillabough November 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

It’s quite true that the “Olympian” is made as much through mindset as through physical preparation. Great to meet you here. I look forward to following you on your blogsite. Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith November 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks so much John. Just got home from TEDx Peachtree in Atlanta. What a great job you did here. So sorry about the link not working. (Thanks Kaarina). I love the way you write and you bring home such good points. I need to take CARE of myself better. thanks again for all your help, a great post and a reminder to all of us, to take care of ourselves. First.

Al
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Lori Gosselin November 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Hi John,
I like this: “When you take care of No.1, every other person gets the benefits too.” I’ve been moving for many many years towards that point where I don’t feel guilty if I’m thinking about and taking care of myself and when I reach that point, I’ll let you know ;-)
Powerful points here. Thanks!
Lori
P.S. Hi Al! Hug?
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John Sherry November 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Yes Lori, it does against the grain of most emotions that to put your self first care wise is actually what benefits everyone as you feel more appreciated and loved which then ripples out from you. It means resentment gives way to recognition and thankfulness of being the true you. Share the love by first offering it to yourself. Great to meet you, hope it’s not too long till we do again!
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Craig McBreen November 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Hey John,

Nice to see you at Al’s place.

This is a great reminder and something I think many ignore. If I go a day without exercising, I just don’t feel good. If nothing else, just get out and walk for a bit. I’m already losing my hair, I don’t want to add a spare tire to the mix ;)

Like Kaarina said, “garbage in, garbage out- good stuff in, good stuff out.” Plenty of people get by on processed food and fast food. I’m not crazy about the amount of money my wife and I pay for great food, but I do feel much better. I changed my diet years ago and feel much better because of it.

I do have a problem with bacon, I’ll admit ;) (hot Klout topic) But everything in moderation, right?

Check out this guy: http://www.maxwellsc.com/
59 years old. I need to get a set of kettlebells :) If I do, hopefully I won’t drop one and break a foot ;) They look kind of dangerous, but man!

It also feels good, really good to just sit and do nothing. As you say, just breathe. I guess you could call it mindfulness or meditation, but I really need that chill out time, or “cave time.”

Nice post. Thanks, John.
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Kaarina Dillabough November 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Craig, are you on facebook? We’ve got a hot topic going with our newly formed #BaconTrendsetterSociety: lots of fun and games. Sorry John, not exactly the topic I should be mentioning here on your post, but it’s all in good sport (pun intended), and Craig opened the door…when a door opens, I walk through, haha! Cheers! Kaarina
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Craig McBreen November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

No, Kaarina, I’m not on Facebook. I know, such a noob :) Yeah, I guess we’re bringing a post like this down with the mention of bacon, but man it’s good :) :)
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John Sherry November 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

For me Craig it’s about knowing we can give ourselves the best be it food, thoughts, love, or positive self-talk. We don’t deserve it because we never went to anywhere we didn’t deserve to come back from. And why not a little bacon on the way? Sure, eat well, but don’t be a martyr as there’s too much you’d be missing out on. Chill out and check in with yourself I say. Been a while Craig, but glad to see your face and enthusiastic energy my friend.
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Craig McBreen November 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hi John,

Yes, it’s been a while. I’ll be over at your place soon. Thanks for the post today.
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John Sherry November 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Bacon Kaarina? More like a hambush! Sizzle on!
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Claudia November 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

So nice to “meet” you John…what an excellent post. Indeed we need to make sure that we take very good care of ourselves because, if we fail to do that, we are of no use to anyone else or to any other cause. Your list of suggestions to follow to enhance the care of ourselves is awesome. I LOVED the reminder that we can’t trade our bodies in like we can an iPhone for a new model (oh…that we could!) So often we take our bodies and our health for granted and it’s so important for us to be aware that as we move forward on this journey of self discovery and C.A.R.E. we first must make sure that we create a sustainable self. I am anxious to check out your site. Thank you for an awesome GP and thank YOU Al for another winner!!
Claudia

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John Sherry November 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Bless you Claudia for your supportive thoughts. Isn’t it amazing how modern man/woman finds it simple to trade in gadgets once they are used up and out but never consider that their body is the one ‘tool’ that can’t be replaced? It needs proper looking after. We take our magnificent bodies too much for granted!

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Ryan November 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for sharing that post. It’s a great refresher for someone who especially has a large family to take care of, grandparents included. I’ve always been told that I look after others too much than myself. But for me, I actually like taking care of other people but do get stuck at times to let myself slip in the cracks. I can now pat myself on the back that I have done a good job and look after this little guy that looks after others as well.

Ryan

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John Sherry November 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

What’s interesting Ryan with you is that you’ve been told to give more towards yourself by others but have resisted. You clearly have people who value and care about you – I’d listen to them if I were you as you deserve the love for you that you always give to people who are special to you. Have another pat on the back from me and allow some self-love.
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Jk Allen November 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Great message John! We get excited and care so much about others, that at times forget about ourselves. But in order for us to truly be of our BEST value to others we have to first be the best “us” that we can.

Fantastic reminder.

Thank you John!
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John Sherry November 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

Spot on JK – we give of our best when we feel the best about ourself. The world tends to get what we give to ourself projected out. So, when we accept and love the guy or girl we are we automatically shine that to everyone we meet. Self-care is world care in embryo.
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