Learn How To Fuel Your Body For Your Goals
What does it really mean to be healthy? In our culture, we tend to limit health to physical, nutritional, metabolic and exercise factors. Collectively, we haven’t quite made the connection that health is also given by who we are, how we think, what we feel and believe, how we conduct ourselves in the world, how honest we are, how authentic we are, our sense of connection, the degree of love in our life, of pleasure, rest, play, purpose, and so much more. Health is not just about what you do – it’s also about who we are at the deepest place of our being.
Self-love has been a very long and hard road for me. It was so much easier for me to tear myself down then to think positive thoughts about myself. No wonder I had such a hard time with body image; I was my biggest critic. About 5 years ago I decided that I wanted things to be different. That's when I made the decision to focus on mental health as well as physical health.
My focus is not on becoming the fittest but on becoming healthy and happy. Almost 3 solid years in, and I'm getting there. Instead of burying my emotions in a tub of ice cream (or two), I try to tackle the hard issues and really examine why it is that I'm feeling overwhelmed or sad or unhappy. I follow a predominant weight-lifting routine and try to make healthy eating choices 85% of the time. This balance works for me.
What helps too is surrounding myself with a positive and motivating support system. It really helps to know that there are people in my corner, genuinely wanting to see me succeed. So, I want you to know that I am in your corner. We live in a hard world, especially with social media. We are bombarded with "ideal" body images that may be unrealistic for some people (like me).
I want you to know that I think you are beautiful. I have come to realize that our differences enrich this world. I know that it can get really, really hard sometimes. Just know that you are not going it alone, and you are worth it.