What’s your WHY?
This can seem like a daunting question at first, that to be properly answered requires a bit of introspection. Let’s start with some thought provoking questions... Why do you want to start or restart your healthy lifestyle journey? Why do you want to put in the work to be healthy both physically and mentally? Why do you want to not feel tired and run-down all the time? Why do you want to get off the hamster wheel of eating crappy food that makes you feel good in the moment, but terrible afterwards?
My journey into the healthy lifestyle, I now live, started about seven years ago with a sudden life changing event. My husband dropped dead while volunteering as a firefighter. He was 38 years old. This was a universe altering experience that prompted me to take a hard look at the food I ate, the exercise I did, and the self care I performed. It has taken time, effort, energy, stumbles and setbacks, jumps forward, education, surrounding myself with like minded people, and forgiveness to get where I am today.
This blog is the outward expression of the current result and ever evolving process with a desire to share what I have learned and am learning with others. Without getting political, I often feel that we are kept in the dark about as much of the truthful information about a healthy lifestyle as possible to keep us sick and seeking one more magic pill to fix it. It is my desire to create a place where we can unwrap a little bit of the truth and help each other as a community to live healthier lives.
Back to your WHY... This question can be a very complex emotional one. Taking a long hard look at yourself and how you can change for the better can be a prickly thing. It can make you defensive, and that is ok. Take a moment and really think about the food you consume each day. Is it real or is it highly processed? Is it making you feel good and giving you sustained energy or is it like getting high for a short time and then crashing and feeling terrible? How about a moment to assess your overall physical fitness level. Don’t misunderstand I am not talking about Olympic athlete status here, I am talking about daily functional strength for everyday tasks. How about your mental health? Have you checked in on yourself lately to make sure you are really ok or are you presenting to the world and really a mess on the inside?
These are all factors that affect your ability to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. These are all things that I am asking you to think about and really consider with an open mind and honesty.
The Evil Plan
My plan for this blog is to post relevant information that pertains to the subjects I touched on above, about once per week. One of my favorite sayings is “it takes a village to succeed”. My sincere hope is that this will become our “village” and we can connect and live better lives for it.
I want to help you be Strong Forever.
Best regards, Abby