Today I have been thinking a lot about my relationship with fitness. Essentially what this means is, I have been thinking about my relationships with food, exercise, my body, relationships with others, my career, my passions, my clients, my purpose, my message, my spirituality, and pretty much everything that makes my life a FIT life. You see, fitness to me is about so much more than just “how many calories did I eat today” or “are my abs showing.” Fitness to me, is a philosophy, a way of life, and an approach to everything I do and create.
I remember the days when I used to count calories before I fell asleep, just like one would count sheep. Literally, I would lay there adding everything up I’d eaten for the day until I came to a conclusion about whether or not I could feel good about myself. Sometimes I got lucky and fell asleep first, but that was rare. My entire life was dependent upon how much I worked out, what I ate, what size I was wearing, what I looked like, etc. This was no FIT life I assure you. I may have been a size 2 with shredded abs, but since everything else in my life took the backseat, including my health, it wasn’t long before my life became fat, bloated, and depressed.
The truth is, I love to move my body. I love all forms of exercise whether it be yoga, taking a dance class, running, kickboxing, weights and circuit training, whatever. But I DO NOT want to HAVE to exercise. That’s right! It’s not fun to do anything we HAVE to do. Therefore, it is so important to stay in a place of WANTING to exercise. If I force myself to go 6 days a week, I know what will happen. I will feel pressured, forced, and will end up feeling burnt out and resentful. That is no way to create a healthy relationship now is it? Nope. So instead, I go a minimum of 3 days a week, and anything on top of that is a gift to me and for me:-)
I love fitness. It has been one of my greatest teachers thus far in my life. It has taught me so much about who I am, what is important and what’s not, what I really want, and what I really am capable of creating for myself and others. What I now KNOW is, Living a FIT life is maintaining the health of everything in my life. In order to truly be HEALTHY from the inside out, I must always be willing to follow certain guidelines:
1) Stay true to who I am and NEVER dim my light in order for someone else to feel more comfortable.
2) Speak my truth, and trust that who I am and what I have to share, IS good enough.
3) Take inventory of the people in my life and make sure that I am only surrounding myself with loving, supportive friends and family.
4) Do what I love, and do it every day no matter where I am or who I am with, NO MATTER WHAT. Doing what I love IS who I am.
5) Stay really clear about what I WANT. This vision must stay clear, because this is what gets me to the gym, what chooses a salad over pizza, and what gets me working on a project I love whether I want to or not.
If you want to live a FIT life, try living by these guidelines. Apply them in your own life, in your own unique way. You are beautiful and talented and creative, and you don’t do anyone a favor, especially yourself, when you hide who you are. Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!!!
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