I think my biggest fear in life is settling.
A lot of people say regret, and I think settling is just a specific thing I would regret.
I'm scared of accepting things that are "pretty good" or "just okay" because I "should be thankful", or "it could be worse".
I think the depths of happiness are so much greater than we could have ever imagined.
How do you reconcile contentment with true happiness? How do you move toward your goals while enjoying the journey?
I think this topic is extremely applicable to health and fitness and in how you set your goals. It is perfectly okay not to even have a goal except to maintain your current health. It's not "settling" in a negative way. So how do you know when to push and when to relax?
1. Body Acceptance
There are certain things and/or situations that you can't change. You can try until you are blue in the face, but at the end of the day, it's not within your power to effect. This applies to things like where you are predisposed to carry weight (abdomen, hips, butt, etc.) or if it's difficult for you to put on muscle mass. You can lose weight in those stubborn areas or work very hard to put on mass, but you may not feel your best when you arrive at that result. In this case, you need to accept or "settle" for the fact that you will always have curvier hips. It's not giving up, it's making peace with the hand you are dealt.
2. "Minor" health annoyances
This is the category of things that hinder your life or bother you on a daily basis but aren't life threatening. For me, it's acne, for some it's digestive issues, and for others it's being winded walking up the stairs. When do the little things start to bother you enough to make a change? When do you realize you're settling for a less than perfect bill of health? For me, these are the things worth pursuing. If you haven't tried everything within your power to make it better, then what are you waiting for? TRY going gluten free. TRY cutting out sugar. TRY walking every night after dinner. What do you have to lose? You don't want to look back in x number of years and realize you lived with something you had the power to change. You don't want to settle.
I don't have the big answers for this question, but I do know one thing: action helps. Making choices and taking chances can lead to fulfillment if you let them.
If you need help and want some ideas of where to start, don't hesitate to contact me! I always offer a free 15 minute consultation... no risk more actions are muuuuch easier :)