I’m part of a challenge group on Facebook right now, competing a 60-day exercise journey. On Wednesday, my coach posted a poignant question, and I think one that often slips between the cracks when embarking upon a healthy lifestyle: Why are you doing this?
I think it’s important to be honest with yourself. Maybe you want to be healthy, and that’s admirable. Maybe you just want to look good, and that’s okay, too. Or maybe you want to improve your mental health and change the way you look at food.
To quote my coach: “That reason is so deep within your soul that only you know your true WHY.”
For me, I want a brighter sky (forgive me for the hippie moment, but it will make sense; I promise).
This means: keeping the momentum going and staying uplifted.
I’ve always been a chronic stop-and-start type of exercise/eater. I go through phases, and I think that’s natural. But sometimes it takes me longer to break out of a rut. And it’s almost always related to my mental stability.
Exercise and eating right is 50% mental for me. When I’m sad, I don’t eat well. When I’m stressed, I do stupid things. And when my head is not in the game, that just gives me ammunition to not care.
So why am I doing this? To stay sane. To stay happy and motivated. To feel uplifted in my life. To have a challenge and constantly be working toward something bigger. Notice that I don’t use the word “positive” because I think it’s okay to get down once in a while. As long as you break through those moments.
Ultimately, I want to be in the best shape of my life, and I want it to last. I want to work hard and push through challenging moments. But I can only do that if I take care of my soul first.
Why do you live a healthy life? Why do you exercise? Be honest.