My name is Joe Arnold.
The purpose of this post is to relay the effect you might have on someone close to you without even knowing it, simply by letting yourself be a living example. I have been lucky enough so far in my life to be married to someone you may know as Fit Andy.
To give you a bit of background here, I have been madly in love with this woman since I was a sophomore in high school. We did not start dating until later in our college years, however, by that time, we were such good friends, and so unbelievably crazy about each other, that we couldn’t help but get married.
Now that we’ re caught up, let me bring you up to speed as to the positive effects her healthy lifestyle has had on me.
In the last couple of years specifically, she has taken an unprecedented interest in living a fit and healthy lifestyle. I, being your average 25 year old that loves eating Mexican food, late night snacks, and cheat meals galore have been an innocent bystander throughout this process.
I have always remained active and have been blessed with a fast metabolism growing up. Arrogantly, I have also believed myself to be invincible to unhealthy eating. As most of us realize at one point in our lives, this is a very inconvenient myth.
Today, what I struggle most with is BALANCE. I currently work 40-50 hours/week. I do my best to go to the gym 4-5 times/week as well, however it doesn’t always work out that way. The simplicity of college life has passed me by, and the surplus of free time that I once took for granted has disappeared. What I have been fortunate enough to have in my life, which keeps me healthy and happy, is an unbelievably positive influence right in front of me, every day.
My wife Andrea doesn’t diet. She doesn’t have an insane 30-day workout plan. She doesn’t count calories. What she does do is live her life with the flexibility and positive attitude I believe we all need to achieve balance and happiness. By her focusing on things like nourishing her body with the right nutrients, staying active, and more importantly, being happy, she indirectly makes me think of the same thing on a daily basis. Every weekend she is encouraging me to get up and live. Whether it’s going for a hike, hitting up the gym, or just lying on the beach, it’s important to feel alive. She helps me feel that every day with her enthusiasm for life. Enthusiasm is contagious.
Whether or not it’s always noticed, I sincerely believe everyone is in some way a product of the people they are closest to. That said, your loved ones are influenced by who you are.
Don’t be afraid to focus on yourself and let your light shine.
The right people will notice.
I know I have.
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson