Health is not about the weight you lose. It’s about the life you gain.
Think about this statement for a minute. It is catchy, witty… it rhymes!
Some quotes are overused and they lose value because they become something “nice” and “cool” to post on social media. But the important thing is if the quote resonates to you. Does it make you reflect on your current lifestyle, habits and activities? Does it inspire to make real changes in your life?
I just came across this “nugget of wisdom” as I call them and I felt compelled to share it. It is exactly the message we want to convey through 24.7 Healthy: health as a whole, health as a mindset, health as an integral part of happiness and contentment.
Last time I was on a diet I almost fainted. It was not a nice experience. I was 17 years old and I was starving myself while over-exercising, all in the name of losing a couple of pounds. It didn’t help I was creating my weekly menu without consulting with a professional.
Since then, I decided I would never go on a diet ever again. I decided I would exercise often, I would make healthy choices based on research and I would tackle and overcome any issue -mental, spiritual, physical- in order to know myself better, and to dig deep into my emotional triggers.
Fast forward here we are, almost 30 years later and I am proud to say I AM STILL LEARNING. As author Mark Manson says, “changing your beliefs about something rarely happens quickly—when they change, it’s over an extended period of time”.
“Changing your mind usually requires a number of life circumstances that contradict your prior beliefs. It requires discovering new information and/or perspectives. And it also usually requires meeting and getting to know people with different views from your own”, he adds.
So, the beauty is that the more experiences we gather, the more curious we get. Or at least that has been my case. There are certain events that accelerate the change, though. These are your milestones. Mine were getting into yoga, discovering acupuncture and having a child. These three events opened the door to new ways of self-growth and self-discovery.
At the end of the day, it is not about getting rid of the muffin-top or look like J.Lo. At least not for me. My priority is to keep fostering a healthy lifestyle that will allow me to enjoy everything to the fullest, and encourage you all to follow the same path. It is possible, it is worth it, and it is infinitely rewarding.