Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
A habit I have found helpful? Something I’ve been doing for years now that I believe is constructive is that I try to either say or think something nice about someone when I interact with them. In many instances I will verbalize this to them. It doesn’t have to be anything major and it’s never fake, but I feel it creates positive energy. If it’s someone I don’t know (or can’t talk to at that time), I will simply think something nice about them. This could be someone I see in a store from afar being nice to someone, being polite, showing motivation, whatever. Again, the process of coming up with something nice to think about them creates positivity within myself which I believe is its own form of fuel.
A good lesson? This past Sunday it was extremely cold and snowy. Normally on a Sunday I’ll go for a run early, but I was doing a bunch of cooking and other stuff and figured I’d skip it. I told myself I wasn’t really training for anything now, I’d trained hard for my last race, I deserved the rest, blah blah blah. My inner wimp was coddling me and giving me the excuses I needed to call it a day.
The problem is my inner wimp has never gotten me anywhere in life. There’s nothing wrong with rest but falling back on excuses or past successes and getting complacent is not helpful. I want to constantly keep myself uncomfortable and challenged so that I don’t lose my sense of purpose or work ethic. That run ended up making me feel great and I was glad I went (as I always am).
What are your thoughts on the positive body image movement? For whatever reason I had this question multiple times this week, so I wanted to address it. I am 100% in favor of people finding the best in themselves. I think it’s great to feel attractive, confident, etc. so that part I love. However, I do not like using confidence (or fake confidence) to try and make up for a lack of health. As an example, if someone is overweight, smokes, drinks too much, etc. I would never want them to feel ashamed of themselves. At the same time, I would not want them to pretend they are in great health and ignore their underlying health issues because that can cause both short- and long-term health consequences. I am a believer in being honest with yourself, taking stock of where you’re at and then using that positive energy to make changes that will benefit you. This will create not only a better body image but better a lasting level of better health.
Something I’ve been enjoying? My daughter is about 2 ½ months old and my youngest son is 2 years old. Almost like clockwork these days, they’re both up sometime around 4:30-5:15 am. I am a morning person by nature and so I love getting out of bed and having time with them in the mornings. I get to feed my daughter, cook breakfast for my son and relax and enjoy them both. Usually my daughter will fall asleep at some point and I’ll work out in my garage while my son rides his bike in circles near me. By the time I head to work or start the day I feel like I’ve had so much productive and fun time that it really jumpstarts my day. It may be early, but I adore these times with my young ones!
Some quotes I love?
“When your armor is on, it’s too late to retreat.” – Team Never Quit
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” – Sun Tzu.
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