The 3 Things I Have Learned From Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Hi, everyone, (I graduated yesterday – Foundation Degree: English Communications At Work! I can’t believe it and I am so excited for my BA Hons next year, I had to share the exciting news with you all) Today’s blog post I am going to share the 3 things that I have gained since changing my lifestyle to a healthier way of living. Taking that leap out of your current state to change your lifestyle is extremely daunting and can seem like an impossible achievement. However, change does happen and you can control it. You are capable of anything you set your mind to and if you truly believe in yourself, you are half way there. Changing your lifestyle will be hard, nobody said it would be easy, but it will be worth it. Don’t think about your current state, think about the end goal. I know you can do it, I did.
*Disclaimer – I am not a nutritionist or a health expert. I am just sharing my own personal experience and the things that have worked for me. What works for me, may not work for you. However, all of my tips and ideas can be adapted to suit the individual*.
Throughout the whole of my school and college life, I have struggled with self-confidence, self-image, self-confirmation and a matter of other things. I got myself so depressed over the way I looked that it held me back from a lot of opportunities and a lot of social occasions. People treated me badly, called me horrible names and made me feel very isolated. I didn’t appreciate who I was as a person and I just looked at the outer shell as a representation of who I was. I started to hate myself because I listened to what other people were saying and started to believe their negative comments.
I was scared to eat certain foods in case I gained weight. I was obsessive towards my daily food intake and it got to a point where I would cry if I ate something that ‘wasn’t right’. I didn’t go out for tea with my friends or family because I was scared that there wouldn’t be anything on the menu that was low carb or low calorie. I use to starve myself between meals and then eventually overeat in the evening because I had deprived myself so much throughout the day. This began to eat away at my health, fitness and overall mindset. This was not healthy and it took almost 3 to 4 years for me to realise this. I have struggled, I have cried a lot and I have pushed myself. In the end, I realised that life is for living, our body is our ‘capsule’ for life and it needs to be adored and nurtured and without our health, we have nothing.
I slowly began to make changes and I slowly fell in love with the healthy lifestyle. Everybody has a different perception of being ‘healthy’ and I think that is great, it is whatever works for you and what makes YOU feel good. Don’t look at somebody else’s journey and compare it to yours… Instead, admire their progress and use it as motivation to work even harder.
I gained a lot from overcoming my fears and it has truly allowed me to evolve as an individual. I now have a more flexible approach towards my nutrition and fitness and I enjoy social occasions! In fact, I love going out for pizza and chips and I LOVE afternoon tea. I enjoy every single moment and I don’t get down when I indulge in other foods, I embrace every experience and I am now a happier person. Inside & out. I will constantly develop as a person and I will constantly work towards breaking barriers down. It is something we need to do in order to be completely happy.
Not forgetting, I have had a lot of support from friends and family and they have helped a lot. Some people have knocked me and some people have put me down, I removed those people from my life and I now surround myself with inspiring beings that push me further towards my goals and make me smile.
I have learned that I am strong
Physically – I lift weights, I do cardio, I do boxing and I do whatever form of exercise makes me feel good and makes me feel strong. Since I began lifting weights I have progressed in areas I never thought was possible. I started lifting only the smallest weights in the gym and gradually began to make progress, slow progress, but it was worth it. Every training session I push myself and challenge myself and that’s what makes it all worth it. I can now pull up my own weight, I can do bicep curls, I can do squats, I can do difficult core exercises… Anybody can do these things. However, you have to push yourself. You have to believe in yourself that you are strong and that you are going to get stronger. I feel a lot stronger physically, this is not in my appearance but how I feel when I lift heavy things. I feel empowered and definitely, feel more of a woman. Lifting weights aren’t just for men, it’s for women too. Don’t feel ashamed for lifting weights, grab the weights, feel confident and get that workout done. If you are nervous, train with a friend! Or come and train with me! This takes the pressure off. Trust the process and trust yourself, everything takes time, it is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
Mentally – When I was going through a difficult stage in my school life I struggled a lot with telling people how I felt. I didn’t feel worthy and I felt like I wasn’t allowed an opinion. People isolated me a lot and this shattered my confidence and made me become very weak. Eventually, I began to realise that it was important to speak up and tell people how I felt. I realised that I am a human being and I shouldn’t be treated badly. I realised that I shouldn’t let people take advantage, call me names or single me out. I realised that I am stronger than them, they were cowards and they had insecurities and as a result of that they were taking them out on me and making me feel depressed. Don’t let somebody else bring you down, you are worthy of more than that. Be in control of who you surround yourself with. Only surround yourself with people who make you smile, empower you and make you feel amazing. Life is too short to eat your lunch in the toilets, life is too short to cry every day before school, life is too short to feel alone. Since changing my lifestyle and mindset through being healthier I have now agreed that I deserve to be treated just like everybody else and I shouldn’t allow people to treat me badly.
I have learned to love myself
Learning to love yourself and to appreciate yourself is a hard and gradual process. However, when you have completed it you will feel amazing, you will never rely on somebody else for confirmation and your confidence will instantly be boosted. I did a blog post all about self-love linked here – 12 Tips for Self-Love . This was a gradual process for me and I am still working on it now. Every single day I admire how far I have come and I admire how hard I have worked to be where I am. I admire my beauty as an individual and I admire every imperfection. Some days are harder than others. Some days my confidence is low but these are the days that challenge you and see if you are capable of bringing yourself out of the dark place (this is part of your lifestyle change, don’t give up). All the things I disliked about myself I have accepted and now they are the imperfections I love, they make me individual and they make me unique. Love yourself, you’re amazing, you only have one body and you only have one brain. Treat yourself how you want other people to treat you. I think you’re amazing!
I have learned to appreciate food
EAT CLEAN, STAY FIT AND HAVE A BURGER TO STAY SANE. – Gigi Hadid
Food is fuel.
Food gives us energy and it makes us feel good. I use to deprive myself of the beautiful foods I loved the most, this was when I was at my lowest. I didn’t feel worthy of being able to indulge and if ‘I believed’ my workout was non-successful I would starve myself even more. Crazy, I know! Every workout is successful. Rest days are essential for recovery and for your mindset. Don’t feel guilty about neither of them, remember, life is for living. Fitness is to be enjoyed and food is a beautiful utensil that enriches our souls from the inside. If I ever did have a ‘cheat’ meal I use to work myself into the ground the next day at the gym because I felt guilty. This was toxic for my mindset and affected my confidence a lot.
Now, I have a healthy relationship with food after seeing a nutritionist, I feel confident about trying new foods and I just love food! I indulge a lot because I can. I eat everything because I can. I enjoy my food, I am grateful that I can eat beautiful meals and feel 100% satisfied! I fuel myself with the correct nutrients 80% of the time to get maximum results from the gym, 20% of the time I indulge in other meals. Being healthy and eating healthy isn’t boring, experiment in the kitchen using healthy ingredients and see what you can create. Don’t be scared, we all have to start somewhere.
Carbs & fat are my friends, they keep me full, they kick-start my mornings and they make me feel good. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you love, I can almost guarantee you will binge later on and feel 10x worse. Eat the cake you love, smile because you are grateful and be happy you are alive! Remember, life is too short to be miserable; eat well, train hard, enjoy every moment and TREAT yourself to the foods you love. Everything in moderation.
I really hope you liked this style of post this week. It is a little insight into where I have come from and why I changed my lifestyle. If you want to keep up to date with what I am doing, follow my social media accounts linked below:
I hope you all have a great week, full of positivity, smiles, laughter and fun! Don’t forget, indulge in some delicious food, keep fit and be productive.