Journey towards improved fitness

So it’s been a while since I have sat down to blog.  About 2 years ago, I started on a journey to become even more healthier.  For me, this meant becoming more physically “fit”.  Fortunately for me, music has been and always will be that constant source of strength and inspiration for my emotional and spiritual well being.  As they say, optimal health is a reflection of a healthy mind, body and spirit.  There were essentially two fundamental influences in my life that encouraged this transformation over the last 2 years.  One was the constant nagging 🙂 from my better and very caring half (Baljeet) and  second, my day job as a Naturopathic Doctor.  It was clear that if I wanted to make an impact on the health of individuals who came to see me, I would have to practice what I preach.  From the onset, I have to thank Baljeet for her never ending inspiration (yeah….let’s call it that instead 🙂 as if it was not for her, perhaps I would still be sitting around with too much extra weight!  Over the last 2 years, I have been successful in shifting my diet to one that is even more healthier (minimal processed foods, no sugar, minimal gluten, hardly any take-out, plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins (beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds) and carb’s (oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa), plenty of water, herbal tea’s etc.  This has been coupled with hitting the gym at least 4x a week where I would spend about an hour each session doing cardio and weights.  It has been a journey that was challenging at the onset.  With consistency, dedication, and commitment – key factors for anything that you are passionate about – I am happy to report that the outcome has been extremely beneficial.  Yet, it does not end here.  It is important we continue challenging and pushing ourselves, continue to seek ways to improve our body, mind and spirit.  Learning never ends.  Fitness never ends.  It is with this spirit that I decided to work towards my next level of health.  This would require even more due diligence with the diet and exercise regime.  However, I knew that in order to successfully reach my next level of health and fitness, I needed a coach.  I was fortunate to find Satnam Chana!  A guy who is nothing but inspiring, motivating, and the ideal role model for commitment towards optimal health.  Satnam has had a passion for fitness since he was 8 years old, the health part came later in his life.  Today, as a 45 year old (who actually looks like he is 30!), his passion for health and fitness has evolved not only to living a life of balance but helping others to achieve their health and fitness.  

Satnam says, “I believe we have been given a gift of mind, body and soul and so often I see it being destroyed, raped, diseased and taken advantage of by over indulgence.  I believe one can attain happiness, peace and medicine by making the right food choices integrated with an intense fitness regime.  It takes practice, consistency and a huge amount of discipline to acheive it.  We all have our calling in life, a calling to help others in many different ways, this is mine”.

These are certainly amazing words to live our day to day lives by.  Before closing this post, you know I would somehow bring music into the discussion!  I do have to honestly say, with the weight loss that has been achieved thus far, the singing has become more enjoyable, more grounded, more in tune, and I am actually able to hit some notes past C sharp! For those who know me, I am basically a baritone singer (strong influence from Jagjit Singh 🙂  so it is refreshing to see that I may have some potential when it comes to singing 🙂   I do intend to have you all travel on this journey of fitness with me with of course some discussion on music as well. I will try my best to blog as often as possible. Let us see what the next 3 months have in store for me and what the outcome will be!