We’ve all heard the saying, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!” But what constitutes skinny?
Does skinny really feel that good?
Will being skinny be enough of a motivator to maintain that physique and discipline it takes?
I would argue, that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!
Skinny can come from starving ourselves, it can come from sickness, it can come from healthy habits and discipline, but it can also come from unhealthy habits too.
If we are motivated solely by physical attributes, it’s a means to being disappointed and burned out.
I used to be that girl, that constantly chased a certain look. I would kill myself in the gym and eat like a bird to try and be skinny and even when I was that, it wasn’t enough. I never saw myself as skinny enough and was never quite satisfied.
We need to chase something bigger, it’s human nature to appreciate something more and protect it more if we work hard for it and if it gives us a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
It’s easy to eat fast food. It’s easy to skip the gym. It’s easy to sleep in. It’s easy to be too busy to prioritize ourselves. It’s easy to make excuses. It may even be easy to be “skinny” but none these things make you feel amazing from the inside out. None of them give you long term satisfaction. None of them give you the results you are really looking for.
Instead, what if we focused why we even want to look a certain way?
When you look that way, how do you think you would feel?
What would your life look like?
What would your daily habits be?
What would you have to say no to?
What would you have to say yes to?
What would you have to sacrifice?
What would you gain?
Personally, I started to find a love for pushing my body physically, it started with running and doing races and turned into Crossfit. It became a challenge for my mind and body daily to push myself and become a little better. Finding something that I enjoyed that made me healthier and stronger, naturally made me want to eat well. Once I started to shift my focus from what I looked like aesthetically to what my body could DO, my life changed.
I often get asked how I resist the temptation to eat “bad” foods. First off, there is no cheat foods or bad foods, food is food (that’s a song for another time)! But are some foods better for our health than others? Absolutely! We all know those foods that make us feel like crap and although I love pizza and cookies once in a while, I rarely have the desire to reach for those foods over the nutritious ones I know will make me feel good.
Just like anything else, eating well is a learned habit. All of those junk foods out there are made specifically to get us addicted! So we must make the conscious effort over and over and over again, to choose to eat well! The knee-jerk reaction to choose the good foods doesn’t happen overnight, but if you continuously make the effort, eventually it will just become habit.
More than anything you will become addicted to the feeling of feeling amazing. Then, the physique you want will just become a bi-product of the healthy habits you’ve created.
I know what I feel like when I eat well and exercise and i’ve engrained it so deep in my habits that now I know if I go too long without moving my body or if I eat too many crappy meals, I will feel like crap! Of course, I still have times where I indulge and I skip days of working out, but I always come back to my home base because I know that’s where I live my best, healthiest life.
Feeling healthy and engraining those habits doesn’t happen at the drop of the hat, it takes time, hard work and dedication! So here are a few ways you can start chasing the feeling and your ‘why’ behind true health:
- Start small! Switch out one habit you know is holding you back, for one that is going to make you feel amazing!
- Write down your ‘why.’ Put it somewhere you can see it everyday. Maybe this is to live a long life with your kids, to travel, to be able to hike or do something you love!
- Identify current daily habits that are holding you back. Write down an action you can take to combat those habits
- Get an accountability partner! Someone that has your best interest in mind, that wants you to succeed and will hold you accountable to your goals.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself! Remember, we are playing the long game here. Slips ups will happen, the journey won’t be perfect, but if you keep going, you will look back and be so proud of the changes you have made!
- Have fun! Living a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be torture. Healthy foods are delicious and moving our bodies can be fun! Find new recipes, hire a coach to help you, find forms of fitness that you enjoy!
I want each and every one of you to feel how good it FEELS to be healthy. No more beating ourselves up because we aren’t skinny enough or don’t look a certain way. It’s time to experience true health from the inside out!