A commitment to healthy living is more than just a diet or commitment to exercise; a commitment to healthy living means to do, act, and be as healthy as you can be. It is not, or should not be, a set of rules that you chain yourself to, at the cost of your own sanity. For some, rules can be helpful, and for others, rules feel like the ultimate test of winning and losing – follow the rules, you are successful, miss the mark even once and you have failed completely.
I believe a commitment to healthy living should be more like what’s described in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on the subject of the Code of the Brethren. Upon being chastised for what he should or should not do, Captain Barbosa says, “…the Code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome to the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.” Well said, for a pirate, I think. It’s the principle of the matter – guidelines are good, and often necessary, but they aren’t written in stone or blood. Know your guidelines and then move on, get on with the business of living.
The fact is, you can’t just eat whatever you want, whenever you want, as much as you want, without exercising. Doing that for one day might not hurt you, but a lifestyle of that behavior will affect your health and wellness. At some point, the calories, the fats, sugars, and sedentary living will catch up with you in the form of higher weight, decreased sleep patterns, skin problems, joint pain, or loss of energy to name a few. Healthy living is about making and owning your conscious choices. Healthy living also means taking your whole life into consideration – the wellness of your body, mind, soul, and spirit. Healthy living is not restrictive – it’s liberating because it takes the whole of the person into consideration. It is the balance of needs and desires, it is where I want to meet myself, it is balancing in order to thrive and not just survive in this world.
I am committed to living out Healthy in the coming year. A healthy body that is intentional about the nutrients and fuel I give myself, and the exercise I do. I will choose to move on a daily basis, not just because it’s good for my body, but because it’s also good for my soul and well-being. I will engage my mind in new endeavors, new topics, new books, and new skills. I will keep writing. I will care for my soul by allowing myself to have space and grace, I will continue to find stillness and quiet times that allow my spirit to refresh. I love people, and I love spending time with them, but I also know that for me to be in my best possible place in life, I have to have my own downtime.
Do you know what you need to maintain a healthy balance in your life? Do you need more social interaction with community? Do you need to allow yourself more downtime? Do you know what fills up your soul and ignites passion in your life? Have you thought about what foods truly make you feel good to be alive? When you know the guidelines for your own life, you have a blueprint for your own healthy living. Join me. #LiveIntentionally