When I first started on this road to get find a better me I was motivated primarily by a self-conscious desire to shed a few pounds.
I wasn’t happy with how I looked or how my clothes were fitting or overall how I felt in my own skin. I knew I had gained weight and I was ready to lose it again. I wasn’t all that concerned, however, with my actual health per se, more about what my overeating and under-exercising was doing to my waist line. While I also wanted to combat the constant fatigue and annoying illnesses I was always seeming to pick up, the primary focus of my journey back then was to be able to proudly look in the mirror again.
Now that I am about a year into it, however, my perspective has totally shifted. While I would be lying to you all if I said there wasn’t still a part of me that is motivated to look my best outwardly, my primary concern these days is for what is happening internally. Another wonderful and somewhat unexpected side effect of being on this path is that I have become extremely cognizant of how my body is feeling and operating and what it needs from me to perform at it’s best. I feel like I am in tune with it for the first time in a long long time and I want to do my best to make sure I a doing everything I can to take are of it.
I was sitting at my desk today thinking about how badly I had treated my body in the past and caught myself outwardly cringing. I sometimes am a little surprised that I have made it to ALMOST 40 years old! Nowadays, I am so in awe of what my body can do and how well it has responded to the changes I have made that I can’t even imagine going back to mistreating it. My focus has completely shifted from being weight-obsessed to being health-conscious. I think this shift has come around mostly because of how much better I FEEL since deciding it was time to take better care of myself. I went from being sick and on antibiotics for almost the entire year of 2017 to not being prescribed antibiotics one time in 2018! I went from at least three panic attacks a week in 2017 to maybe having 3 the entire year of 2018! And these are just a couple examples of how much better I am doing all the way around health-wise! It really is staggering how drastically and quickly your health can improve by just making a few positive lifestyle changes.
Having all these incredible changes happen from the inside out has only made me more invested in staying on track and even upping my health game. I am now constantly drawn to reading about and researching the healthiest foods to eat, the proper ways to exercise, how to help my body recover from strenuous workouts, the best vitamins and supplements to take to achieve my health goals, etc. I no longer measure success by what size my jeans are but by how much better I feel when I open my eyes each day.
I listen to my body now. When I am hungry, I eat. When I am tired, I rest. When I feel like I need to take a day off from working out, I take a day off. When I feel like something is off with my body, I investigate it instead of ignoring it. Some other ways I make sure I am healthy from the inside out are:
- Getting enough sleep
- Taking a multi-vitamin daily – I’ve added Turmeric into the mix as well
- Drinking enough water
- Regular exercise – an average of 5 days a week
- Getting the right nutrition – less packaged, more whole foods. My superfood shake has done wonders in this department as well.
- Properly dealing with stress (usually a good workout session goes a long way in this department now)
- Continuing to educate myself – keeping my mind active, reading, taking classes
- Being grateful! Just choosing to look at the positives instead of focusing on the negatives makes a huge difference!
My body, my health, my future are all very precious to me these days. Doing right by my body is my top priority and if in the end I look better on the outside then that’s just an amazing bonus! I am 100% committed to making daily choices that are in the best interest of my physical and mental well-being. What you put into your body is what you get out of it…whether it be the food you eat, the amount of exercise you fit into your busy schedule, the knowledge you take in through what you are reading, listening to and who you are surrounding yourself with. These things all make a huge difference in how healthy you are mentally and physically and let’s face it without our health, what do we really have? My advice, love yourself from the inside out you guys. Your body and mind will thank in ways you may not even be able to imagine right now!