I debated writing this post at all. I think there is such a negative affiliation with words like “healthy, or diet, or getting.” We live in a world that is so externally focused with fads not backed by science, or girls on the internet photoshopping the way they look to “perfection,” that people in real life end up feeling badly about themselves. All of sudden these words that once were meant to be helpful are interpreted as bad and not normal.
My Thoughts On Diets
For me, I like to think of food and exercise as a way of life. I always say that I don’t believe in diets and that is because I don’t believe in the word diet. I think diets sounds restrictive and like there is something wrong with you as you are. So, you’re probably asking yourself what’s the point of this post then? How do I get healthy? The point of this post was to talk about how to get back to feeling your absolute best self and get re-motivated. Getting healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not healthy, it might mean you’re not your ideal version of health that you’d like to be at that moment. So, I’ll tell you what I do because it can be really hard to motivate yourself when you’re not so far from your goal (I can write this because I go through this personally).
What I Do To Get Motivated
My first step to getting motivated is recognizing why I might not be. Typically getting in touch with whatever that is is really helpful. I’d love to stay identifying that first part would motivate me to change, but it doesn’t always, so when that doesn’t work I go to the next step. After identifying the why, I like to switch up my routine while maintaining a routine. For example, I’ve been off with cardio work outs, so substituting a run for daily walks in a great alternative. I like using the Health app on my phone to track my steps to keep me accountable. Lastly, and probably most importantly, I like to take time for me and get centered. Often times, we lose focus and get off track because we are distracted. Making ourselves the priority, even if it’s taking 5 quiet minutes, is extremely important.
Getting healthy is a process and really isn’t even about your appearance. If you feel good internally, you end up looking good externally. Making yourself a priority, and by doing things that make your mind and body feel good, is something that can seem so hard to do if you’re not used to it or are out of routine, but have such easy steps to get back on track.
It’s never to late to start taking care of yourself and to get healthy.