Building Health

Building Health
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

The last few months I have been working with a web designer on a new iteration of my website. For anyone who’s built a site, you know it’s a lot more complicated than it first appears, even when it’s just a new iteration.

There is so much to consider. Building a website requires planning and researching. Clarity of purpose in messaging, writing and designing is integral. Testing and revising are ongoing. It demands a significant investment of time and resources.

Creating health is no different. For many, weight loss is often the starting point. Eating less and moving more hasn’t worked for most people in the long run. But it seems to be the only thing our culture knows how to do. Weight loss and the pursuit of health, like creating a website, are a lot more complicated than they first appear.

As I have often said, stress, genetics, hormones, and sleep have a big influence on weight, among other factors. Let’s remember that the body works in conjunction with the mind and spirit, and vice versa.

Focusing only on the body, or physical aspect of health, is a very limited view – just like catchy photos aren’t enough to make a website valid. Balance is in order.

Consider how satisfied you are with the mental, emotional, financial, occupational/intellectual, relational and spiritual aspects of your life. They are all related; they’re overlapping parts of you.

As long as you want to be relevant and/or healthy, constant tweaking and updating is necessary. A website is never done. Neither are you. So let’s just put ourselves out there and keep doing the good work.