Defining Healthy

Never be ashamed of your story, one day it will inspire others. 

  progress from Jan '16 - Apr '16

  progress from Jan '16 - Apr '16

 progress from Jan '16 - Apr '16

 progress from Jan '16 - Apr '16

 This is my progress of far in 2016. The photo on the left is from January and the photo on the right is from this morning and these photos represent a 4LB weight loss. I started my fitness journey in August of 2013 and what I’ve learned over the past couple of years is that, like any journey or progress in life, you will have your seasons of high and low. The quicker you learn that you may not live the same way in each season, the easier it is to understand your abilities to live life to the fullest.

from 134lbs to 94lbs (Feb 2013 - July 2014)

from 134lbs to 94lbs (Feb 2013 - July 2014)

In the first year of my fitness journey, my progress was so defined by the numbers on the scale. I wouldn’t say that I was defined by it, but it definitely was used as a measurement to my success and efforts. In the past year I’ve been learning that the scale really doesn’t mean much and shouldn’t mean much. I know this, but from time to time it takes me a little convincing, a lot of self reassurance, and progress pictures to prove that there is change happening despite the rate of the results. Because society has trained us to think that “instant” or “fast” results is the right answer, we’ve built this insecurity in ourselves when we do not see the results as quickly when comparing to past seasons in our journey or others.

A number lost on the scale doesn’t define “healthy”.

The number of days in the gym with no rest days does not define “healthy”. Eating a low carb diet does not define “healthy”.

The definition of health is: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit. Being healthy is an attitude, its a feeling, its defined by someone having physical strength and not illness. Being healthy means you can live whole heartedly, joyfully, and that you have the ability to promote healthy habits in both the way you move and nourish your mind and body.

#iamhealthy and this morning I woke up realizing that I need to stop being so hard on myself about how far I’ve come because this life is not a race, its a journey and maybe its not about becoming anything. Maybe its about reinventing the woman I was so that I can be who I was meant to be in the first place. (sorry for the late #transformationtuesday)

 

 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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