The Self-ish Life Program

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Some people believe that to improve one's health, it’s about joining a gym, eating salads, focusing on calories, moderation, preventive checks and wallah you're healthy. Okay it's a little of those things however, have you considered the following:


  • What do you eat

  • When and how often

  • Portion size including carbs, proteins and fats

  • Calorie intake

  • Macros and micros

Mental and emotional factors:

  • Sleep

  • Mood

  • Stress

  • Mindset

  • Confidence in your ability

  • Education and knowledge

Physical Activity:

  • Structured or unstructured activity (walking, lawn work, riding your bike)

  • Duration or time of each session

  • How many times a week do you participate the physical activity

  • Cardio vs. strength vs. flexibility

  • Individual vs group activity

  • Gym vs at home workout design

Genetics and other health factors:

  • Injury

  • Current diagnosis or diseases

  • Physical limitations

Economic and safety factors

Community and social factors:

  • Access to parks, gyms, sidewalks

  • Work

  • Relationships and family schedules

  • Holidays and vacations

Lastly, let's understand that improving your health or living a healthy lifestyle, happens in stages, where you will experience improvements and failures, relapses, and life situations that will stop you in your tracks. Such as deaths, new relationships, family planning, divorce, starting a new job or loss of one, and how about this pandemic?

Feel free to add to the list because we know that we are missing a few. And please understand that our health journey is in fact personal, forever changing and evolving with unique factors that can be a hindrance or aid you in your journey. There will be achievements and failures, being ahead or behind your goals and highs and lows emotionally, physically and mentally.

In Jacki’s early years, she was a track athlete and still loves watching the sport. Especially the 100 meter dash and uses this race as an example of a health journey.

First, some people are born with the natural ability to run this race. It’s like the God’s, yes sending it all the way back to the ancient Greeks, constructed this amazing body with the physique, speed and endurance to make this race look easy. While others, literally have to change their physiology before even stepping on the track. By the way, this can take years to create.

Regardless if you were born with it or worked for it, both groups then would need structured training and guidance, if competing in an organized event. Let’s say the Olympics, to achieve their goal. As far as training.

They would need to build the following:

  • Strength/resistance training to build the muscles need to create power and speed

  • Cardio endurance

  • Plyometrics

  • Technique (like length of stride, using your arms and legs, breathing, etc.)

  • Planned nutrition and eating schedules

  • Mental focus (visualization)

Then the athlete would need guidance or someone more experienced on the sport, developing the strategy to win the race:

  • Experience on the rules and regulations of the sport

  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, physiology

  • The business side of the sport (booking events).

  • Athletic attire and proper footwear

  • Technique & Mechanics:

-Setting up starting blocks

-Acceleration mechanics

-Stride and turnover


-Dipping at the end of your race

All of this for a race that will last only 15 seconds for a non-elite athlete and 10-11 seconds for an elite athlete on average. I believe the fastest is 9.69 seconds. It’s incredible what the human body can do!

But here’s the real kicker, even if the athlete who won the race, gets the gold medal and takes that victory lap; well yes he/she will be marked in history for winning that race however that was just a single race. The journey doesn’t stop. And if that athlete wishes to compete again, they would need to either maintain or make improvements to win future races. Even if the athlete decides to end their career, he or she would still need to work to maintain their overall health. Still eating healthy, exercising, going in for preventive care, getting enough sleep, managing stress levels and living the lifestyle everyday.

Even though we are not in competition, there is a structure to living a healthy lifestyle. Similar to the story above, regardless of where you are starting from, those seeking to improve need guidance and a structured plan to be successful.

The Self-ish Life has developed a structured program to tackle the challenges and to address the components that are important to intentionally living a healthy lifestyle. The Self-ish Life is a new concept that we (Jacki and Toby) derived to help others focus on SELF in terms of self-betterment in any aspect of your life that you feel could use some help. No one is perfect but together, Jacki and I feel with our very different backgrounds and experience, but like-minded life goals, we will be an integral part of a team that includes you in a quest involving life coaching, fitness, nutrition, health and happiness.

Here are the highlights of our program:

  • Finding your desire and setting personal goals

  • Plan, Prioritize and Prepare to achieve success

  • Creating healthy eating habits

  • Physical Activity

  • Mindset, rest and recovery

  • Creating a supportive environment

  • Planning and overcoming relapse

These will be the topics covered over the next blog posts. We hope you will join us in this quest to attain the very best life possible for you! Thank you for joining us on The Self-ish Life, now go out and live life intentionally.

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