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What being healthy means to me

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Everywhere you turn you hear or read people talking about health and being healthy, but at the same time I feel like people often have very different ideas of whatís healthy and what isnít. I think we all define ďhealthĒ in our own way. Sure, most of us would agree that being healthy means that you are not currently suffering from any major, chronic illnesses etc. but after that, it gets a little more vague.

I decided to try and write down some of my own ideas of what being healthy means to me right now. This list would have been a lot different a year or two ago. Now that I have lost weight and become a stronger person in so many different ways, I see things very differently than I used to. It was interesting to realize it as I was writing my list. I originally just wrote this for myself but I wanted to share this with you, my SparkPeople Family. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Being healthy means being able to mess up and forgiving yourself without dwelling on it. It means not obsessing about calories, fitness minutes or the numbers on the scale. It means looking at the bigger picture, your life, your future, and not being stressed out about having to lose a certain amount of weight per week and then feeling like a failure if it doesnít happen. It means being kind to yourself above all things. It means being your own best friend. It means being patient and forgiving. And it means not always being in control and being able to sometimes let things go: you donít have to be ďperfectĒ! Just be you.

Being healthy means working out because you want to, not because you have to. Itís okay to skip a workout sometimes. It is not healthy to push through pain or work out when you are not feeling well. It is healthy, however, to listen to your body and to respect its signals. Itís healthy to move and get your heart rate up a few times a week but itís also healthy to give your body time to rest between workouts.

Being healthy means eating a slice of cake every now and then without having to justify eating it. Itís okay! Itís not a crime. There is no health police around the corner waiting for you to make that critical error just so they can arrest you. Itís healthy to eat unhealthy foods sometimes! Itís okay to have an ice cream on a Sunday afternoon or a slice of pizza on a Friday night. The world is not going to end! When I eat a slice of cake I donít have to say: ďIíve been staying within my calories all week and now itís okay for me to eat this cakeĒ, or ďIím going to work out twice as hard tomorrow to burn this off!Ē. I can just eat it, enjoy every bite and not worry about it! Itís is not healthy to obsess about every single thing you put in your mouth. That being said, it is also not healthy to use that as an excuse to routinely overeat. Being healthy is being balanced.

Being healthy means being comfortable in your own skin. It means looking in the mirror and liking what you see. It means falling in love with the person you are, inside and outside. It means looking for things you like instead of looking for flaws or things that need to change. It means accepting and loving your body as it is: Iím not getting any taller, for example. It also means loving yourself at any size. You deserve it. Only when you truly love yourself is change possible. Self-hate only makes things worse. Being healthy means falling in love with yourself and treating your body with the love and respect that it deserves.

Being healthy means being happy about where you are in life: your job, your studies, your home, your relationships, your family, your hopes and dreams. Being healthy means being honest with yourself about what you want in this life. It means changing things if necessary to be happy and where you need to be. It means taking charge of things, making changes, taking risks. It sometimes means taking a leap of faith and trusting yourself. Being healthy means listening to that inner voice that knows exactly what it wants. Sometimes itís not easy, but itís worth it. It is not healthy to try to please everyone at your own expense. Being healthy means being true to you.

Being healthy means knowing what works for YOU. It means being able to say no sometimes and knowing your limits. It also means breaking them sometimes. Itís healthy to force yourself outside of your comfort zone and to try new things. Being healthy means giving your body, mind and spirit the nutrition they need to keep you full and satisfied physically, mentally and spiritually. It means feeding your body with nutritious and delicious foods, not eating too little or too much, being active, doing things that make you happy (a good book, writing poems, going for walks, meeting friends, taking a nap, going to see a movieÖ), staying honest with yourself and the people around you, listening to yourself, loving yourself, improving yourself, knowing that whatever happens, you are a beautiful, unique and deserving individual who will do amazing things as long as she believes in herself!

What are your definitions of being healthy? :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINZBM21 6/9/2013 9:17AM

    so inspiring! Thanks for sharing this, this would be my definition of healthy as well!

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    AMEN! and OF COURSE you're a Taurus!! Much love and light my dear.
You rock.
I went through a lot of similar changes in the last 3 years, too.

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FUNLOVEN 6/4/2013 9:18AM

    I am catching up with my Spark Friends and thought I would drop by your Spark Page to see what you have been up to. You did a great job on this blog. I think we spend way too much time thinking about why we are so unhappy instead of thinking about the good, happy things in our lives emoticon

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KATHIC2 6/1/2013 3:21PM

  Well said and insightful...thanks for the tips.

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GEMINIGEM6 5/29/2013 4:25PM

    Yep! Couldn't have written it better myself! Great blog!

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TAYSMOM77642 5/13/2013 3:19AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. This is very encouraging and thought provoking. You have done do well and you are such an inspiration.

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IUHRYTR 5/12/2013 5:42PM

    Insightful and inspiring! -- Lou

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MANDELOVICH 5/11/2013 6:18PM

    I cannot tell you how much I love this blog. Beautiful! I want to be this kind of healthy!!

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MERRY_XMAS 5/11/2013 5:43PM

    Amazing entry! You pretty much covered everything!

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JADOMB 5/11/2013 11:42AM

    You are doing great my friend, and BALANCE is about the most important HEALTHY thing out there for mind and body. Keep the faith

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IGSBETH 5/9/2013 11:26AM

    Great blog!

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KRISZTA11 5/9/2013 3:16AM

    Hey, I loved this blog and totally agree with you!
I have been thinking about it during my morning walk.

This happy, peaceful and active state of mind and body is health for me.
I guess this what most people strive for, consciously or unconsciously.
It is amazing how many ways there are!
Some of us track every fitness minutes and meals and enjoy tracking,
others just work out and eat well, following instincts.

For me it is very important to do my best in hard times, but tolerate the fact that my best is not very good actually... and return to my good habits when I get my time and energy back, because they make me healthy and happy.

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SUMMER2203 5/8/2013 7:46PM

  this is awesome, and i would love to be at this point!

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JACKIE542 5/8/2013 7:01PM

    Great blog you pretty much said it all.
Because I am older I would add that my definitions of being healthy is that I am happy that I am still able to do many of the things that make me happy, gardening, hiking, riding my bike. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/8/2013 6:13PM

    My definition of being healthy is having the energy and strength to do what I choose

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DOVESEYES 5/8/2013 6:13PM

    Wow what a great blog like you a year ago this would not have been my thoughts at all. But now I agree with everything you said. Thanks for blogging on this subject. I couldn't agree more. emoticon

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RYDERB 5/8/2013 5:59PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 5/8/2013 5:49PM

    Great blog!!!! Yes, being healthy is all of these things!

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LJOYCE55 5/8/2013 5:41PM

  This was a well thought out blog. Thank you for sharing.

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