Why do you want to get fit? Is it just to lose weight? Is it to fit society standards? Do you want to be strong and capable in your everyday life? Or do you just want to look good in a bikini? This question is VERY important because it is the whole foundation on which you begin your fitness journey.
I think this country has an obsession with unrealistic expectations and doctrines on what a person should look like even when they have absolutely NO RIGHT in brainwashing you into being anything other than the perfection that you are right now. So working out for the right reasons will help you achieve your fitness goals and maintain them. This will also morph and change over time. That’s perfectly okay. I’d like to share a little story about my personal journey with this question.
Back in high school in the early 2000s, I wanted to get thin. I wanted to starve myself and be beautiful because that’s what everything around me, even other girls my age, were telling me. I never ended up starving myself, though, because somewhere deep down it just felt wrong. I did, however, not eat for long periods of time and then binge. HARD. Crap food, too. As I’ve mentioned in another post, I’m an active person. I had no problem working out. But my mind wasn’t well. I didn’t care about the food I ate, mainly out of ignorance. Back then, nutrition wasn’t really a big thing and clean eating just sounded weird.
It wasn’t until my late 20s when I finally understood the old adage “your body is your temple” and “you are what you eat”. Your body is the home for your soul while you’re living life as a human being. It needs to be treated with love and respect, just as you would your best friend. With that in mind, I had to reevaluate why I was doing what I was doing. What was the purpose of putting my body through work outs every day and no longer eating all the lemon poppy seed muffins in the world? I came up with the following:
- I want to be physically strong
- I want to be mentally strong
- I want to learn how to move my body in so many different ways
- I want to learn practical movements that help me through every day life
- I want to feel like I’m Lara Croft and able to kick somebody’s ass
Our bodies are the vessel in which we’ve been given in this lifetime to express ourselves. And what you put into your body (food, body products, what you breathe in, etc) effects every part of you, which can alter and constrict, or reform and expand your inner beauty. Because a healthy soul makes a healthy human.
Getting fit isn’t just about the physical aspect. And eating clean isn’t just a diet. You also need to become aware of your mental state- heal your mind. Welcome your emotions and try to figure out where they come from. Guided meditations are a fantastic way to be your own therapist and figure out what’s going on there. And by figuring out why you react the way you do and think the way you think, you heal your soul. Along with food.
I cannot stress this enough. What you eat is not just a diet. IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Diets are temporary. You begin them knowing that you’re not going to keep it up. You need to make the commitment to eat better for the rest of your life. Would you feed your pet crap food, stuff that’s highly processed and synthetic? I really hope your answer is no, and you shouldn’t be eating that food either!
And you don’t need to calorie count. I never did nor do I now. Because if you have body and mind awareness, you listen to your body and only want to feed it with nurturing nutritious foods. Does that mean you can never have a Snickers bar again? Hell no. Every month to a couple of months, you can bet your bottom dollar that I buy myself a big bag of flaming hot Cheetos and eat the entire thing in one sitting. AND I AM DAMNED PROUD. At the end of the day- and I’m sure you’ve heard it before- it really is about BALANCE.
So, please treat yourself- and others- kindly. We’re all going through different things and different human experiences. If others are mean to you or think poorly of you, it’s a reflection of them- not you. You’re in control of your own mind and actions. Make a commitment to be the best version of yourself you can be. Happiness is contagious. Your body and your life are not prisons. If that’s what it feels like, then ask yourself “why?” and dedicate your energy to healing that.
No matter what you believe, life is a gift that we have been given. Make the most of it. In a quote I recently heard (not sure by who) it said: “you were not meant to take this life personally”. Only you know your own truth. Anyone’s opinions and ideas of how the world works effects them, and them alone. Be your own warrior and your own healer. Love, honor, and cherish everything you are- the light and the shadow, the good and the bad.
You’re perfect, and you’ve always been enough. You don’t need anyone telling you otherwise 🙂
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