That damned bio age - part 2

I had a very pleasant surprise on the weekend, and then I remembered this interview on Future Squared between Steve Glaveski and Paul Roos:


It's easy to conflate an outcome with the quality of a decision.

But you can get lucky.

What matters most is focusing on the right behaviours,

principles and processes that underpin positive outcomes.

They might not always work in the short-term,

but in the long-term, you'll come out ahead.


I'm not sure if you'll remember, but back when I started this blog, I shared my thoughts about staying healthy. I am so conscious of time passing and our business babies still being so young. I want to see them grow and mature before it's my time to say good-bye.


When Rudolf's mother fell ill I wondered if my goal of good health should be broader. It made me conscious of the whole balancing act between body, mind and will. I watch older siblings juggling - one has body and mind, but not will, another has will and mind, but not body. My dad then threw in another curly when he spoke about making finances last a lifetime, when you really don't know how long you're going to live.


What's the serenity prayer?

accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Or, to quote an episode in Sienfeld when Costanza's father screams 'serenity now'.


All of this was going on as I was getting no results from all the changes I'd made to our family diet and my exercise routines. When I say no results, I mean just that ... none ... nada ... zip. It didn't matter which metric I used, the needle wasn't moving. I have to admit I was particularly frustrated when I posted That damned bio age back in May. At that point the needle actually went backwards! It was such a proverbial slap in the face when my bio age went up ... to find out I'd lost a year ... well, that's just rude!


This was a pivotal point for me. Do I continue or give up? It seemed a reasonable question. A lot of effort goes into keeping a healthy mindset, serving healthy meals and scheduling exercise. It is a lot of effort, but when I thought about it, I realised it wasn't that much effort. Everything I was doing had formed into habits and become routine. I would actually have a complete sense of failure if I gave up. So I didn't.


Instead I consciously decided to let go - I had a goal and I was happy with all the routines and habits I'd built up through the year. I just had to believe that at some point they would yield positive results.

What matters most is focusing on the right behaviours,

principles and processes that underpin positive outcomes.


And then it happened!


On the weekend I was out shopping and called into ASN to buy some supplements. While I was there, in the spur of the moment, I decided to do a body scan. When the results hit my screen, all metrics had moved in the right direction - yes, that's right - all. My fat is down, my lean body mass is up and so is my fitness. The final metric, the one that made me really excited was my bio age. In three months I've won back the year I lost. I'm now back down to 57. Given I'm actually 54, it's still not a good result in itself, but the direction I'm heading in is what counts.


I really think this has been a lesson in life. Sometimes you just have to be resilient and persist with what you know is right, even if everything is telling you otherwise.

They might not always work in the short-term,

but in the long-term, you'll come out ahead.



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