Healthy is Lifestyle. Period.
I was feeling really bummed the other day – we ladies can be “puffy” without forewarning, and I was just having one of those days!
Maybe it was too much salt, maybe it wasn’t enough water… Maybe it’s just that I was beholden to the tides of being a woman! I’m 37, so things have changed!
I was also “taking it easy,” and took extra days off from my HIIT cardio sprints to baby a shin splint, so I was admittedly playing the mental “I-haven’t-done-enough” game.
Whatever the case may have been, I wasn’t feeling great. I’ve been through eating disorders in the past (not of my own volition, but from PTSD and the causes of it), so I know body dysmorphia intimately.
Fortunately, I will never go back to that place – EVER – and I proactively make sure of it each day by exercising, taking a break if my body needs it, eating (more than!) enough… But it is something you carry with you, and it is a proactive battle you face every day – whether you have been through a trauma or not, health is a daily effort. Taking care of ourselves should always be a number one priority!
Anyway… There I was feeling like the Staypuft Marshmallow Man…
On my way to the treadmill, two ladies stopped me to ask about “being fit.” What is my routine, what do I eat, how to I maintain it…? I was so touched, and frankly honored – it means a great deal to me to touch others, and to know that they might be inspired to do something wonderful for themselves because of the work I put in. (Honestly, that is the biggest gift of all for me! ❤ )
The way I put it…and the way I have always viewed it…is that being fit is a Lifestyle.
It isn’t about a fab diet or exercise-of-the-moment.
Being healthy is a consistent, daily practice of “little things” that keep us on track, and in a “maintenance phase” (as opposed to the well known trying-to-catch-up mode too many people face today.)
Eating clean, exercising, being around those who support you, and taking time to care for YOU is a Lifestyle. It is the combination of a whole ton of positives that add up to a happy and healthy whole.
You may have days where you aren’t as “ON” – you lag through your workout, you eat something you aren’t pleased about later. No big deal! You don’t have to be superwoman or superman EVERY day – the idea is that you are taking steps to stay healthy…not run after it!
Even if you don’t feel like it, hop on the bike for a few minutes. Walk on the treadmill for 15… Choose a healthy, balanced meal even though something is taunting you because it smells good (it usually smells better than it tastes!) If you take the “whole” approach, things fall into place. When you are consistent, blips aren’t going to derail you – you will already be in a really healthy place!
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