So, a few weeks ago my amazing cousin asked me, “What is your purpose of having a blog?” The two options were: Is it to genuinely help people and inspire or is it to gain traction, recognition and appreciation? As bad as it sounds, I really had to think about it.
I used to want a blog to get free fitness wear, maybe free classes from local gyms, and recognition from peers. But then family members started getting sick, I started seeing dear friends of mine lacking in self-love because of their appearance, and I even started having self-doubts about my appearance, my mindset was just completely flawed.
I will always be honest on my blog, I am not embarrassed to say that I have struggled with my weight ever since I was in high school. I would count and limit calories, I would count how many calories I burned while working out, and I would restrict as well as binge eat often. I was legitimately scared to eat.
Now, I can talk about this: I still workout extremely hard but I have found ways to cook all of my favorite foods, guilt free (and dairy free), and I just want to share that with all of you. I want to help you guys learn your way through the kitchen and helping you cook your favorite meals in a healthy and nutritional manor. I want to show you that you are beautiful while sweating and kicking butt in the gym.
So I do not want to say that I am doing this as a New Years Resolution, just because I really do not like New Years Resolutions. I feel like they are extremely hard to stick to, they tie you down to one specific change, and if you don’t stick to them- it’s almost disappointing.
With that being said here are my 5 ways to a healthy life in a new well-nourished year:
- Faith and spirituality. Now this does not necessarily mean religion. You do not need to be specifically affiliated with a religious denomination to have faith and spirituality. When you are feeling guilty after a long weekend of eating with friends and family (trust me we have all been there), we can turn to our faith and ask for a restart on Monday. When you don’t hit those PR’s in the gym or a race, you need faith to push you to try harder and support yourself. The next time you are in a place of darkness be mindful of what you are thinking about, what type of faith do you turn to? (whatever it may be- thinking about waves in the ocean, a forest, the wind, a religion, or my personal favorite taking a walk) you will realize that you have the support you need to recover.
- Self-love. This is so important. What bothers me is the stigma about self-love is that you are obsessed with yourself. UH no… that is not true. We were made in the name of love and for love, so we need to get back to self-love. Get away from the negative comments that are making you feel bad about yourself. Focus on the positives that are going on in your life rather than the negatives. The more self-love you have the more you will respect yourself, and the events going on in your life.
- Obviously to live a healthy life you will need to be well nourished. One thing that helps me focus on this is cooking my own meals. It is so hard when you are really busy to take the time to cook. Every Sunday I take time out of my night to prep my breakfast, lunch, and snacks. If I have leftovers it will maybe turn into dinner, but to be honest I like cooking something different for dinner every night- and I still have a life and go out with friends, family or my guy. Another thing I am aware of is when I am grocery shopping I try to have more colors than cardboard. I learned this about a year ago, and have been really passionate about sticking to it. I try to fill my cart with as many fruits, vegetables, meats (chicken cutlets, ground chicken, and turkey pepperoni), and nuts to create a colorful cart without cardboard. There are some things that I cannot get away from like my protein bars (thinkthin) or my gluten free pretzels (snyders sicks). But honestly I think of it all as a balance.
- Exercise. I hate to break it to you but you still need to exercise. I want you to find a way to exercise without dreading it. I find that exercising helps me emotionally tremendously. It calms me down, it helps me focus, and it helps with confidence (self-love). You do not need to kill yourself at the gym. All you need is 30 minutes a day to see a difference.
- Relationship. You need to have positive relationships in your life in order to have a healthy lifestyle. Negative relationships will legitimately drain you. If someone is not supporting you, or add benefit to your life than you should consider the pros and cons of the relationship with that person. It is important to get out of relationships what you give. I have a specific group of friends that I would do just about anything to see them happy, and I know in my heart they would the same. Those are the positive relationships I hold onto.
So, I know I just threw a lot at you, but I wanted to give a clearer picture as to why I started this blog, and where I will be going with it this year.
I encourage all of you to think about these 5 things I listed above, and if these will help you live a well nourished year.