What being healthy means many things to me:
● “Taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually”
● “Not letting your stress, your fears and your circumstances distance you from a healthy lifestyle.”
● “Don’t be enslaved by physical and mental addictions and bad habits”
● “Always come up with solutions, not excuses”
● “Your body is the house in which you will live all of your life…Therefore, you have to build a strong foundation, clean it, invest in it and more”
At the beginning of my fitness journey, I had a very one-dimensional idea of what fitness really was. I only focused on the physical part of it. It was a way for me to bond with my little brother and get competitive with it.
Right after I finished pharmacy school in 2017, adulthood and real-life caught me off guard. I quickly realized that there was way more to life than just studying, working out, and parties.
All the new professional and personal responsibilities overwhelmed me.
As a new pharmacist, I started working 60-70 hours a week, sleeping late, skipping breakfast and workouts, and soon stopping at a McDonald’s drive-thru after a long day of work became a habit. It became a way for me to cope with my stress and emotions.
After two years of living like this, I finally got fed up with this lifestyle. I felt like I wasn’t growing professionally and personally. I was unhappy with myself. I felt out of shape and I was always tired. I decided to seriously get back to the gym.
However, after two weeks of being back at the gym, I started slacking again. One day, I sat down and reflected on why it was hard for me to be consistent with my gym routine and my health. I realized that my purpose and motive of going back to the gym were vain and lacked meaning; I simply wanted to look good and have a nice body.
I needed to introspect and find a deeper “why” to getting healthier.
That’s when I fell on a challenge while scrolling Instagram called the 90 day fitness challenge. This program consisted of a strict and structured diet and workout plan. I quickly decided to embark because I had never done a fitness challenge before, and I felt like 90 days was long enough for me to work on my determination and consistency.
Before starting, I prepared my mind and found a significant reason as to why I wanted to do it. I even decided to not simply treat this challenge as a way to improve my nutrition and fitness, but also as a way to get all aspects of my life together. I wanted to change and get better as a person, pharmacist, friend, family member, etc. I wanted an all-around change. My plan was to open my mind and potential to new horizons and to get out of my comfort zone. Here are the other resolutions that I made and that I’m still applying today.
#1 Volunteering for the Quebec Cancer Foundation (giving some of my free time to the community)
#2 Reading eye-opening books every month
#3 Morning workouts
#4 Be the best pharmacist that I can be – Working on patient care projects
#5 Attending conferences and seminars in order to connect with fellow pharmacists all over the world and to better my pharmacist practice
#6 Attending conferences and seminars to increase my knowledge outside of pharmacy (real estate, creativity, communication, investing, etc.)
#7 Spending quality time with my family
#8 Exploring the world and remembering history
(Picture taken at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana, USA)
#9 Daily meditation – Praying – Applying the word of God
Here’s an important Bible verse that very much resonated with me and that I consider a life motto:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” –Galatians 5:22
launch a YOUTUBE channel and a BLOG in order to provide the general public with some practical and helpful information about medications and health, but in a fun and amusing way. My Youtube Channel is called Moses The Pharmacoach.
All that is to say that I’ve never been happier and more at peace with myself than I am now. My outlook on life has completely changed. It would be selfish of me not to share that positive energy with the world! Let’s connect and refill our lives not only as individuals but also as a community.
You can connect with me via:
-Youtube channel: bit.ly/MosesThePharmacoach
-Website + Blog / Contact Me: https://mosespharmacoach.com