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 and I was fighting an uphill battle within myself, all the while thinking I was the one in charge. Guess what? Bodies don’t work like that! It wasn’t until I got well into my 40’s that I realized it was time to change my tune and start asking for a little guidance.

Just as life does, I got thrown a few curve balls and I learned about 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), so I evolved into running and yoga, pilates and weight training.  Still, I’d lose 20, gain 30; constant yo-yo.

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 I like who I’ve become.  To me, this is one of the biggest pieces of the health puzzle:  acceptance of 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, and it can ebb and flow throughout the different phases of your life. It’s not that diet and exercise aren’t important, but they’re only a part of what I refer to as my “Health Triangle”. What’s just as important is how you feel about diet and exercise, and what kinds of things work for you.

For example, 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. Convincing yourself that a $50/month gym membership is the right thing to do, even if you know you’ll never go, or forcing yourself to follow some “plan” that doesn’t get you excited about being healthier is pure torcher, not to mention a waste of your hard earned money. The dance of moderation is well choreographed and if you’re not careful, someone will get their toes stepped on.

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