The number one reason that people want to lose weight? They want to LOOK great! This is fair. Who doesn’t want to LOOK good? It may sound superficial, but this is the world we live in. Unfortunate as it is, we judge ourselves and others by the way they look (and if you say you don’t…you’re lying to some degree).
In the past, the main reason I wanted to lose weight was to LOOK great. I didn’t care about the health benefits of eating better or that came along with losing weight, I just wanted to LOOK great. I lost weight by over-exercising, eating junky diet foods that contained all kinds of chemicals, and stressing every day about being perfect. Sure I was LOOKING great, but was I really healthy? That is a big, FAT NO!
You see, in the process of trying to LOOK great, I wasn’t FEELING great. I was tired, sore, hungry, and injured most of the time. I put so much pressure on myself to LOOK great, that I neglected how to FEEL great!
It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I wanted more than to just LOOK great; I wanted to FEEL great and give my body optimal health. I wanted to ditch the constant stress in my life (that mostly revolved around my weight) and instead start focusing on how to get healthy! I watched my mother’s health deteriorate over the past 10 years and don’t ever want that to happen to Brandon, Hannah, or myself. I want us to do as much as we can to FEEL great for years to come.
What did living to FEEL great entail?
I’m not going to lie; FEELING great means making HEALTH your priority. It means putting a little more time in to your grocery list, spending a few extra dollars for organic foods, setting time every day to exercise, and making time for yourself each and every day. FEELING great doesn’t just mean losing weight on crappy diet foods. In order to truly be healthy, you must instill change into all aspects of your life and get back in touch with yourself. When you stop focusing on the weight-loss and cut out the crap, your body will naturally go where it was meant to be.
To honestly be healthy is no easy task! If it was…everyone would be fit and healthy. Living to FEEL great takes change, work, straying from the norm, challenging the norm, and sticking up for what you believe in. FEELING great and getting healthy means constantly educating yourself about the latest and greatest in the nutrition world and trying new foods and experiences. FEELING great means taking time for YOU! FEELING great is what is going to take you to old age!!
The BONUS of FEELING great? LOOKING great!!
QUESTION: Are you more concerned with FEELING great or LOOKING great? How has the urge to LOOK great influenced your day to day living?