Humble Beginnings

My dad always said, “Be humble.”

Striving for better health is often a humbling experience because, let’s face it, most of the time it involves change.  And, change is difficult.


Change takes hard work, commitment and accepting the potential risk of failure.  But, anything worth gaining requires effort, devotion and perseverance. While some of these elements may stir up negative feelings, none of them are inherently negative. Hard work often pays off. Commitment can offer stability. Failure highlights a need to try a different strategy.

So, perhaps it’s time for a different strategy? 

Change can be scary and lead to complacency.  On the flip side, overcoming fears can be empowering.

Change doesn’t have to happen overnight.  In fact, gradual shifts in patterns and behaviours are often more enduring.  

Betterment is a big project that can be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks.  There’s also often a lot of trial and error. 
Everybody is unique, each person’s circumstances creating a different set of challenges and obstacles to surmount.


This is my story of striving for change towards a life of movement, in both body and spirit. After all, the separation of these is artificial and one always effects the other.

I hope it will inspire your own story to evolve.

Janey Marshall
Prologue: Ending the fight with our bodies

The pursuit of the better body is unending.  The body is continually changing moment to moment, even while we sleep.  In many ways, there is so much about our bodies that is beyond our control and yet we fight so hard to contain, restrict, mold, shape, beat, sweat, cut, sew the body into an idealized perfection.

If you want to change your body, it is a lot easier if you make friends with it first.  Get to know it, start to understand its needs, wants, fears, resistances, weaknesses, vulnerabilities.  Opening this conversation with your body may allow it to begin to yield to the changes you envision, allow for new perspectives to be shared.

And, reach out to others in the communities around you.  It’s much easier to help your body accept positive but potentially difficult changes to health when you surround yourself with like-minded people.

Be nice to your body, don’t hate it. Just say to it instead, “We’re in this together. We can do this. Now, let’s get moving!”

Janey Marshall