I think it’s fair to say we all, generally-speaking, desire to live a balanced lifestyle. Though, sometimes it seems like maneuvering such a lifestyle walks a fine line between managing a routine and increasing madness. That’s right, I said it. A healthy lifestyle can be hard. As simple as it may sound to “just eat more fruit and vegetables”, that isn’t always the simple answer.
I hold the belief that the food, exercises, behaviors, and even the thoughts we have are what determine our overall wellness. If you’re just doing the exercise part, or, you aren’t mindfully connecting the food that you eat as being valuable to your health, then you may be missing out on some key parts of wellness. These four areas are interconnected and, together, provide optimum health possibilities for you. Here’s the catch: they require constant maintenance!
Recently, I began reading Alisa Vitti’s WomanCode. The guidance outlined in the book addresses hormonal imbalance in women that perfectly aligns with the areas that I previously stated are (in my opinion) essential for overall wellness. In addition to information about what the causes and signs of hormonal imbalance are (spoiler alert: they’re actually a lot more common than you think), Vitti provides an outline for food, exercise, and lifestyle choices that will best support women throughout their monthly cycle. So, the adjustments that I’m currently making to sync with my cycle are my attempts to improve my health.
I do believe that our bodies are ever-changing. The sugary treats I used to eat on the regular as a kid don’t feel as good now. Heck, even on a day-to-day basis, my mood can change and the kind of workout I am up for varies. As far as my status of health and wellness goes, I feel pretty clear about what I want in my life and what I don’t (though, other areas of life, such as career paths, are something else). I prefer to exclude food or activities that are toxic to my body and mind. Instead, I’d rather place my focus on what does serve me and listen to the messages my body and mind give me.
I started this post by saying how hard it is to keep up a healthy lifestyle. There are several areas to juggle and sometimes it is overwhelming to keep trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Along the way, it might require taking a break from exercise or over-indulging in a restaurant-serving of pasta. #LIFE Trial and error sucks but the learning experiences help me reinforce why I started my health and fitness journey in the first place: to feel like my best self.
We weren’t designed to live in one constant state or rigid daily ritual. Rather, each day is different and each day we can learn how to better ourselves.
I actually got inspiration for this thought piece from Alexis over at Hummusapien. She recently wrote a post about her decision to live intuitively day to day. I admire her mindset and I recommend you go check out her post for another great perspective on the whole healthy living scheme of things.
Thank you for reading! I don’t have all of the answers (though, I’ve never claimed to) so I appreciate you for taking an interest in my thoughts and sticking around this little blog of mine. Does the ever-changing nature of your health and fitness journey confuse you, too? Let me know. I love reading your comments♥