They say that education is your biggest investment but what if I told you that your health just maybe bigger?
Time is probably the number one reason, why people don’t cook well or exercise. I know that I have used this excuse myself. Between work, kids, a partner you are still supposed to find time for yourself, make great homemade meals and squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise.
After my son’s medical journey and years not caring for myself, I made the decision that to be around and continue to care for my children I needed to take care of me. I needed to find a balance that included making better food choices and exercise.
This decision helped me not only lose some unwanted some pounds, but I quit smoking and I am feeling much more energized and good about myself. My body feels good and when your body feels good everything else does automatically balance.
I never really struggled with my weight until my son was hospitalized for an extended period and crappy hospital cafeteria food appeared to be the only option. I was what one would consider skinny and was distorted in my body image of what healthy looked like. I’ve tried a few diets but felt unhappy about most it. I decided to focus less on the number on the scale and more about the kind of food I put in my body and the amount of exercise I would do.
What I found after a few months is that I fit into pants I haven’t worn in two years, I felt good, less tired and not craving all the foods that did not nourish my body well.
I have found a way to balance being active and food to find my own personal health instead of being a number approved by society.
Once you learn to take care of your body, you will also take care of your mind because when you physically feel good, the emotional wellness will follow.
Measuring success should be about feeling great because you are not a number on the scale and you should never live up to someone else’s expectations.
Your journey to wellbeing is permanent and not a temporary fix.
Making the decision to put yourself first is hard, especially when you have so many other commitments such as work and family. But what good will you do when you are not around?
Maybe you feel guilty or embarrassed for letting yourself go, because I know I have had those feelings and verbally beat myself up over it. But each day I decided to stay on a road that did not consider self-care the more I was continuing to engage in unhealthy habits.
What if you could feel good about yourself and the food choices you make, even when you are living on a budget? And most of all, you do not have to sacrifice food.
You can achieve a weight that is healthy for you – but this isn’t going to happen overnight. I noticed my change after a year more specifically.
Change your mind – Change your Body
You might experience strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Other side effects include deeper sleep, improved stress management and a greater sense of control of your life.
Make the decision to find your healthy and not be a number on the scale and you will foster your own well-being.