MOTIVATION MONDAY: “Healthy Lifestyle”… “Eating Right”… “Working Out”

Happy Happy Happy Monday!

I really shouldn’t be blogging right now because I have about a hundred assignments due this week but I really need to blog because today was just SO busy and wonderful and I just need this time.

SO.

I want to blog about my brand of motivation verses society’s brand of motivation.

Usually attached to the tag “motivation” are triggering quotes such as these:

I’m actually not going to post them here just because I find them incredibly triggering. But if you’re not worried about being triggered/not mentally ill, check them out here. 

The thing is that, for a lot of people, working out is truly a hobby, and I think that is so fantastic. For me, in fact, it is. I fell in love with running and fitness when I was fifteen before it became destructive in the sheer way that it was fun, and a chance to de-stress. My eating disorder gene had another plan for it, of course.

I just can’t stand the way workouts are portrayed in the media. When I was recovering from anorexia via FBT, I wasn’t allowed to be a dancer anymore, and had to let my nurses know when I was going to be doing a lot of walking. My Ed was angry, horrified, and rebelled. He made me set an alarm for 3 am to work out. I spent my entire year of Family Based Treatment fighting recovery and happiness. But that’s a different story.

And then comes “Eating Right.” Do you know what I think eating right is? It’s eating what makes you feel good, strong, and full. It’s also eating what looks and tastes yummy, sometimes even if you’re not “hungry.” Eating Right looks different for every person. For some, food isn’t a huge deal and doesn’t cross the mind very much. Eating disordered people, much to the opposite thought of the ignorant, are often consumed with thoughts of food. For someone who maybe eats only really sugary foods all day and their heart is at risk because of it, incorporating more greens and produce or lean meats may be “eating right.” For a person recovering from anorexia, a day full of sugary foods may be EXACTLY what he/she needs to heal their brain and mind.

There is nothing wrong with working out. There is nothing wrong with eating salads and smoothies.

There is nothing wrong with having no interest in workouts. There is nothing wrong with eating donuts and soda.

I’m also not trying to say, “Everything in moderation.” I’m saying, do you.

The media loves to dole out “one size fits all” products. Eat this way! Try this workout! Be perfect in 10 simple steps.

Except that these people don’t know you. They don’t know anything about you. Do exactly what you want to do, and it’s impossible for that to be a fad.

Love Yourself. If that means trying out a dance class because it looks like fun and you want to move your body more, go for it. If that means feeding yourself something it’s deprived of, go for it.

Eat Often. Variety plays a role. I’m a huge hypocrite right now, but I also know. It’s not just making sure you’re eating a lot throughout a day, it’s nourishing your body with different foods, not just “safe” foods. I’m going to be doing a whole post soon on the importance of carbs, fats, and proteins.

Exercise As You Want To. Did you know that 34% of people have a gene that limits their ability to enjoy movement? Most of us love moving and exercising, while some are genetically prone to receive no joy from it. And there is nothing wrong with that. Never do workouts or exercises that you dread. Personally, now that I’m able to work out again, I love home workouts with loud music. I feel powerful.

Stretch or Meditate. Or pray. Or sing. Or express yourself in whatever way fills you up with peace and happiness and rest. That is all so important.

Blessings Always, and See You Tomorrow!

  

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