Recently, a lot of people have been asking me what I do to work out, what I do to stay fit, and what I eat on a daily basis. I think a lot of this is because I recently shared some of the difficult things about my journey thus far, and people are seeing for the first time how far I’ve come and how much I’ve changed – and they’re recognizing that there are things in their lives that they want to change too.
If you’re happy with your life exactly as you are and every day feels like enough, I salute you. But if the life you’re living doesn’t feel like it is enough for you, it’s either because you don’t know what you want or because you aren’t living towards your goals. When you aren’t living towards your goals, it’s either because you’re complacent or because you don’t have faith in yourself and your ability to succeed – in which case you need either new goals or a new life.
Part of setting new goals for yourself is knowing what you’re willing to add to your life to help you achieve those goals. If you want to lose weight, you need to eat better, exercise more, or do some combination of the two. And side note: you can’t out-exercise a bad diet – your health is dependent on what you take into your body.
I think for me, what works best is focusing on adding more instead of taking away. Focus on adding in more vegetables – don’t focus on cutting out junk foods. Similarly, focus on making more room for healthy activities you enjoy – don’t focus on forcing yourself to do cardio to exercise if that’s not what you enjoy. You like yoga? Great! Do more. You like lifting weights? Great! Do more. You like running? Great! Do more. You hate any one of those things? That’s fine. Make activities you enjoy a bigger part of your life, instead of trying to force yourself to do something just because you feel like you should. “Should” is toxic. “Should” doesn’t bring delight.
This isn’t about a workout plan or a regimen that works for me, because the workout plans and fitness regimens I follow won’t necessarily work for you. My body is different from yours and what I love about the gym might make you turn away, feeling ashamed or overwhelmed, or might make you laugh, or might just not work for you. My recommendation for you is that you set goals for yourself and then find resources that can help you achieve those goals. If I can be a resource, let me know – I’d love to help.
What do you do to stay fit? What makes you happy?