So here’s a bit about me: I hate being told what to do. Even as a kid I never listened to anyone. Ever. Just ask my mom. I gained a whole bunch of weight in my late 20’s and have “struggled” to take that weight off. For years, all the things I was doing was counterintuitive to my success. It was an uphill battle within myself, while thinking I was the one in charge. Biggest lesson learned?  I did not have all the answers. When I got into my 40’s I realized it was time to change my tune. The first step was to learn how to ask for a little guidance.

Some valuable life lessons.

Our journey teaches us the importance of balancing mental, emotional and spiritual health while trying to remain active.  Having a career as a Massage Therapist is very physical and when your body isn’t working up to speed, your work suffers.  I had to stop doing some of the activities that I enjoyed due to things like running into trees and constantly crashing (snow, it turns out, can feel like cement). My exercise evolved into running and yoga, pilates and weight training.  Still, I’d lose 20, gain 30; constant yo-yo.

Don’t be afraid to love yourself as you are.

Now, I’m at the point of acceptance:  I’ll never be 125 pounds again, and most likely will never fit into a size 6.  Quite frankly, that’s A-OK. I like who I am and furthermore, I like who I’ve become.  For me, this is one of the biggest pieces of the health puzzle.

Accept who you are.

What I’ve learned the most is that your health evolves with you. It’s as living and breathing as you are. Your health will ebb and flow throughout the different phases of your life. It’s not that diet and exercise aren’t important, but they’re only one part of  the “Health Triangle”. What’s just as important is how you feel about diet and exercise. That being said, look at your daily habits and alter them as needed.

Learn what works for you.

Emptying out the contents of your fridge and replacing it with kale, broccoli, brown rice and chicken is ridiculous, especially if you HATE kale, broccoli, brown rice and chicken. Don’t try to convince yourself that a $50/month gym membership is the right thing to do, when you know you’ll never go. Don’t force yourself to follow some “plan” if it doesn’t get you excited about being healthier. That is pure torture, not to mention a waste of your hard earned money.

I’d like to leave you with some food for thought:  ask yourself what you need in order to be the healthiest version of yourself you can be, for this phase of your life.

When you think about your health, does it make you happy? 

If you know you need to make some changes, or you just want to learn more about the 3 parts that are the foundation for healthy living, then hop on over to The Health Triangle and see how it fits into your life!

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha