Health to me has always been about healthy eating and working out. I remember recently standing in front of the mirror and barely recognizing the person looking back at me. My clothes didn’t fit the way they used to, my smile wasn’t as genuine and the once vibrant and vivacious energy I would give off was just no longer there. It meant it was time for a change.
While I’ve never been one to diet, I’ve always been more than capable of eating better when I put my mind to it. I might not count calories, but I try to make lifestyle changes like portioning out my favorite meals instead of skipping them all together. It also includes spending more time cooking at home rather than eating out, which can be hard to do with the demands of my job, but it is possible. Then when you throw a little cardio in during the week, you would think I would be on the right track. But I wasn’t and I haven’t been. That’s because health is more than just what you eat and how much you work out. Health to me is really comprised of three things: mind, body and soul.
It took that look in the mirror for me to realize that part of the reason why I wasn’t getting the results I hoped for was because I wasn’t taking care of all of me. So, with June off to a fresh start, welcome to my “me” month. It’s time to get a little selfish with myself.
For starters, I’m making more of an effort to create a better work/life balance. I put a lot of myself into my career. I often stay at work after my shift and I’ve had plenty of days where I would pop in on the weekends to finish a project. While many admire my ambition, the time away from home has really been taxing on not just me, but my relationship as well. However, this new mindset and attitude is inspiring me to really take care of myself. So no more bringing work home or dropping by on a Saturday, I’m starting to plan time for the trips and activities I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve even got my boyfriend on board with having a date night every weekend. So those old Saturdays at work have turned into a movie marathon at the house or a night out.
I’m also getting back into some of my old hobbies. Blogging being one of them and reading being the other. Taking note of a number of books that have been sitting on my bookshelf just begging to be read, I’ve finally started to make time for reading again. A trick I’ve discovered is carrying the book with me in my purse. Now I can take advantage of the small downtime in my day to enjoy a few good chapters.
With all of that being said, I know it won’t be an easy process to get where I want to be, but the journey there will be the best part. We truly do grow from our hardest challenges. My “me” month is just the start to me blossoming back into my true self. So get ready mirror, you’re gonna like what you see here soon.