Do you ever feel like you’re on a merry-go-round of on the wagon/ off the wagon with your health and fitness?!
You’re not alone!
I hear this from clients all the time and it is deeply seeded in the diet and fitness industry. The diet industry is built upon our societal drive for perfection (and their intent to “fix” us). The BIG problem with that mentality is that we are human beings live in an ever changing environment where there are a million variables at play. And bringing the mentality of perfection to our pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is not only incredibly challenging it is damaging to our self-esteem and body image. We are seeking advice and support from an industry that is setting unattainable and unrealistic standards. Don’t believe me? Check out most “fitspo” images. They mostly include imagery of bodies 90% of the population aren’t destined to achieve (not without extreme measures and photoshop).
So what can we do?
Choose YOUR definition of healthy. Decide what that looks like for YOU. Not for some stranger on Facebook or that woman in your community. Decide what YOU living a healthy lifestyle looks like. Then get out there and LIVE your healthy lifestyle. YOUR way. Create a community of like-minded people who inspire you and encourage you to be your best and find that elusive “balance.” We CAN change this, but it starts with some of us putting our foot down and saying “it’s NOT ok.” Telling the diet industry that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about the calories consumed or the number on the scale. It’s about being able to live your life with energy & vitality. It’s about having the confidence to know you are completely unstoppable and can do anything you set your mind to. It’s about pursuit of growth and being the absolute best you can be.
I want to be part of the change. I want to change the dialogue we have around health, fitness & nutrition. I want to change the dialogue around what “healthy” looks like. I challenge you to consider that there IS no wagon. That a healthy lifestyle is simply a series of choices that bring you closer to your goals or further away. And that NO choice is a bad choice. It’s simply a choice. Sometimes the choice that takes you away from your goals is exactly what is needed (like that amazing glass of wine or the skipped workout when you’re tired out and need to rest). Honour your body and your innate wisdom (I know that sounds a little fluffy…but we really do KNOW what we need, don’t we?!).
Now get out there and re-purpose that wagon for something awesome and ROCK your healthy lifestyle!