Why it's so hard to get super healthy

Why it's so hard to get super healthy

A few years ago, a friend told me - for as much as you work out you would think you would look like it a little more. Although that might sound harsh to some, I wasn't offended at all. In that moment I realized they were right. Why didn't I look like I workout? 

At the time, it was because I really wasn't pushing myself in the gym. I was mailing it in. I spent a lot of time in the gym but never really exerted myself. Once I put my mind to it, it was like a switch was flipped and "suddenly", 12 weeks later, I looked the part. 

Shoulders living up to their potential

Shoulders living up to their potential

I'm starting to come around to a similar conclusion right now. We can talk about the workout piece a little later, but this time it's the nutrition side of things that's bugging me. 

I know exactly what I need to do to make myself super healthy and vibrant but I'm consciously choosing otherwise all.the.time. 

It's so frustrating.

When what you believe and what you do are not in alignment, it is one of the worst kinds of self torture. 

I am starting to realize that it's not that I don't care about my goals, or that I am just saying I want to look and feel better. It actually REALLY matters to me - mostly for my skin health and digestion. The aesthetic changes that usually result from getting really healthy are just the icing on the cake.

So, why is it SO hard for me? (and maybe you too)

Two reasons:

  1. I got in the habit of saying "yes" (Sure, I'll have another drink! Yes, I would like a cookie.)
  2. I am too concerned with that other people think. (I don't want to be weird or difficult)

In the last 18 months, I found out what it's like to be really laid back and "relaxed" about my consumption choices. I am not being the difficult person who won't eat this or that. All of this is well and good, but it's just not optimal for my health in most instances.

Adopting the standard American diet makes me average. In America, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight and obese and that's not the kind of average I want to be grouped with. 

I am constantly trying to find the balance of how to "go with the flow" but stick to my guns about what I believe to be best for my health. I think the solution might be openly sharing what I'm doing instead of trying to stealthily eat according to my values.  While having dinner with a friend last night, he unabashedly shared how he was vegetarian. You know what happened? Nothing. Except that I respected him more for sharing. It's a valuable lesson. 

Heading into the holiday season seems like a counterintuitive time to put my foot down. Maybe it is, but it's not to going to get any easier. It never gets easier. There will always be some other special event that I will want to make an exception for. 

Will my family still love me? Will my friends still be friends with me? It sounds kind of silly when you say it out loud. 

I'm a whopping two days in on taking a stand on my health but it already feels good.

Want to know exactly what I'm doing? I'll explain in my next post, but you can find the basics here.

I would love to know your thoughts. What are your reasons for not doing something that's in line with your values?

Thanks for reading, friends!

Julie

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This might be unpopular, but…

This might be unpopular, but…

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