Morning, everyone! Happy Wednesday!
Today, on assignment from my dietitian, I am trying to define what “healthy” means for me. I was asked to make a pie chart, so here goes:
As a chronic dieter, this is a big change from what I would have told you a couple of months ago. But I’ve been working to make peace with food and with myself. I want to listen to and trust my body and my spirit, rather than rely on external sources.
But I’m not perfect at it. It’s difficult to find the right balance between apathy (not taking care of my body) and obsession (not taking care of my mental health and living with self-compassion). Along the way, I’m grateful for grace, and try to look at my hangups as learning experiences. It’s a work in progress!
How about you?
You make physical, emotional, and cognitive deposits/withdrawals each day — from your self-talk, coping skills, and the food you eat — to the energy you expend and the talents you utilize. The important thing is to be aware of these exchanges.
- Are they in line with your mission and your purpose? With your identity as a son or daughter of God?
- Do you give yourself grace and understanding for your limitations?
- What story do you tell yourself about your body? Do you choose joy? Confidence? Gratitude? Distaste?
- How can you best honor and respect this special gift?
Healthy living can have so many connotations, but the great thing is: you get to decide.
What does healthy mean for you?
Here’s to taking back the reins.