Updated: Feb 10, 2019
I've probably written down a million blog post ideas in the past few months, and found it very difficult to decide which one I should start with. I think it's part terror of putting myself out there, but also I want to set the tone for what and why I will share what I do on this site.
To dig into it...
We're constantly inundated with images of perfection, or what looks like perfection in other people's lives through social media. Instagram is probably the biggest culprit, giving us a false sense of what it is to be happy and how to get to that happiness. And a lot of us, me included, get in this mindset of 'oh if I see this every day it will motivate me to eat healthier, get up early to work out'...or whatever it is that you're trying to use as 'inspiration'.
None of this will matter or last until you find your 'why'. Your why is unique to you, and so is your how...as in, how do you go about living your why.
Discovering your why takes time, it took me a lot of time to really find it. It took trial and error of following 'fitspo' Instagram accounts, and trying diet after diet from the age of 14 to figure out what the heck I was really doing and why I wanted to do it. It took listening to how my body felt after I ate certain foods, and not only that but how did I sleep? Was it hard to wake up in the morning? Was a performing my best at work and in the gym? Was I being consistent with my workouts? It took all these things and more for me to come to the conclusion that whatever I was doing was not getting me to where I wanted to be and how I wanted to show up in the world.
As you dig into your why, write down why you want to start living a healthier, fulfilling life. This is not what you think is supposed to be a healthy life, this is your idea of living healthy and happy. It's also not just about food, it's about those you care about and how you want to show up in their lives, it's about how you want to show up every day.
What goals do you have? What dreams do you have? Any and everything positive you see for your life is part of your why. This is a process that will take time, and your why will constantly change based on what you're going through. Be kind to yourself, but keep moving towards your why.