First things first guys… spring time is my JAM. I’m sitting on my couch right now with the windows open- it’s still a bit light outside and the birds are singing! It’s my absolute favorite time of year in Denmark so far.
Anyways! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about WHY we want to be (generally) want to be healthy and why is it that as people we want to be better? If you’re on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or literally just the internet in general you have definitely seen #fitnessinspo and any derivative of that. I’m not going to lie, it can be super motivating to see people’s transformation photos or read their stories and it gets you hyped up to workout or eat healthier or whatever it is.
It’s so easy to want t o be live healthier or more active lifestyles because you know that it’s good for you (some of you may have to dig down LOL but I know deep down that you all want to do what’s best for yourselves). I’ve never met anyone that wanted to be fat or feel like crap because of all the terrible food that they ate… literally never met anyone like that, have you? So you want to be better and know that you aren’t doing as well as you could be doing, what does that mean?
Yay! You are recognizing that you can’t climb the flight of stairs or say no to the cupcake and that means that you are SELF AWARE. This is such an important step in your journey for change.
Being self aware is super important in progressing towards your goals. When you aware of your current health status, practices, habits (or whatever you want to call it!) you can actually create a plan of action on how to improve. If you have no idea of where you stand it is impossible to see if you are improving or getting better, or worse! Now that you know where you stand, you can take matters into your own hands… Let me introduce you to a thing called Autonomy.
Autonomy: Recognizing that YOU are in charge of your choices and that YOU are responsible for your own health.
It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have the power to change your life. You can become stronger, lose weight, eat healthier, drink enough water or sleep more. When you recognize that you can do things all by yourself despite your current situation. For example, if you don’t have enough money for a gym membership you can still get fit, if you are 50 pounds overweight you can still eat healthier or exercise…. you might just have to get creative!
Now that you know where you stand (self awareness) and you recognize that you are in charge of your choices and consequences (autonomy) it is time to get to work. You’ve got to build up what is called Competence (and confidence).
Competence: Making the choice to value healthy behaviors and having the confidence in your ability to make changes.
When you learn for yourself the value of a healthful life, it is way more probable that healthy behaviors it will become a part of your everyday life. Let’s say it is one of your goals to lose weight so you start jogging every day for 15 minutes. The first day you do it you could be feeling pretty good about yourself- you got your gym shorts on (ie lululemon pants), laced up your shoes and got outside. You could also be feeling kinda crappy about yourself (oh the joys of life)- you didn’t do as well as you thought you would or you were really sore/tired/slow and you’re not sure if you will get back out the next day. BUT THEN YOU DO even though the first day sucked… and this is what we call building confidence. It’s a confidence in yourself that you can get outside and go for a jog even though it’s difficult. It’s a confidence that you can do hard things. Guess what? The more you do it the stronger you will get and the easier the activity will become, whether its exercising or avoiding a cookie. You will prove to yourself that you can get shiz done and this will build you up so that when times get hard you know you can get back up and keep going.
Another thing that you can do to be healthier is to find some to relate to. You are not alone in your journey and when you develop positive relationships with others you will definitely be more successful. If you and your spouse/best friend want to run a marathon you can do it together! On the days that are hard and you don’t want to go out for your training run you have someone there that has your back- they will get you out of the house and out for the run (hopefully) and you can do that for them as well. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship and at the end of the day it is SO much more rewarding to share these experiences with someone that you care for. Even if no one in your social circle has the same goals as you, I can almost guarantee you that you can find a support group or friend online that is working towards a similar goal and you can keep each accountable and motivate each other on the way. Seriously, this is a big part of finding joy in your health journey and it can be really helpful in strengthening your current relationships or in finding more friends and people that you can trust. It’s the best, really it is.
Alright people, I want to hear about you. I want to hear about your goals and what you are doing to become healthier and live better! Leave me a comment or send me a message because I love to connect with you guys! Love you all, I hope you have a fantastic hump day 🙂