You know I love all things simple. It’s kinda why I HAD to include the word simple in my blog title. Simple just makes sense. It keeps things light, fun, fresh, and delightful! When things are the opposite (aka complicated), life is one big ball of goo. And I am not a huge fan of goo.
Since i clearly love the simple life, it is no wonder I also like things simple when it comes to active living. Having a healthy lifestyle is NOT complicated. There is no 500 word prescription for it. In fact, we get to create our own prescription. How freakishly awesome is that?!?!?!
In fact, writing my own active living prescription is how I have sustained the healthy lifestyle. It truly is a way of life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, here is the thing. This prescription changes. And it changes often. That’s okay. Reading someone else’s book on how cutting out certain foods and doing loads of crossfit led to X amount of weight loss is not my cup of tea. I know my body and I know what moves me. I currently have a triple threat. You can read more about that in detail here, but the triple threat is yoga, PIYO, and walking outdoors. I look forward to these activities and thrive when I fit them in on a regular basis. Just a few months ago I was into running so that was in the mix somewhere. And even before that I liked Insanity DVD’s. I like to think I change with the seasons.
In terms of nutrition, I have done the restrictive thing in the past. I have followed someone else’s diet. More than once. And it always backfires. Diets create a disconnect with the mind and body. Diets create a negative relationship with food. I refuse to diet or be restrictive ever again. Sure, I can cut down on sweets every now and then because they cause a sugar rush or give me a headache, but I never remove them altogether. And I focus on how I feel. I don’t reduce them because someone told me to. I also refuse to follow the latest trend. Speaking of this, have you seen the gluten-free vid from Jimmy Kimmel? I laugh every time. Check it out.
Back to active living, so here are my quick tips to keeping it simple AND sustainable for you:
- Find what moves you. And do more of those activities. These activities will make up your fitness tool belt. And don’t be afraid to try new things. A new tool on that tool belt can lead to a whole lot of joy and opportunity!
- Listen to your body when it comes to nutrition. If your stomach feels bloated every time you eat a certain food, that is a good sign it may not be for you in excess. Ditch the diet books and focus on MORE fruits and veggies, nature’s gift to all of us.
- Motivate yourself on the regular. What motivates you? Keep that in the back of your mind always. And be your own cheerleader. It’s okay to kick ass and take a few names. You got this, girlllllll!
- Love your body, every ounce of it. I know unhappy skinny people and unhappy chunky people. Your body can do some AWESOME things. Embrace that. If you don’t love yourself, being skinny ain’t gonna make you happy. Love yourself first. Then allow awesome to enter. Truly!
- Learn to be okay with a little 50 shades of grey. No, not like that. Well, it can be if you want, but that’s for another blog post. 😉 What I mean here is that active living does not need to be black or white. It ain’t all or nothing, my friend. If you have an inactive day, you can be active the next day. Enjoy the middle ground and leave the perfection for sweet baby Jesus.
- Embrace your support system and share the love. How good does it feel to be supported? Like really supported? Pretty darn good, right? Turn to those you love when you need them. And pump others up too. I love this quote and it is right on… thank you Mother Theresa, “Peace begins with a smile.” Smile a lot. And put a smile on someone else’s face too.
What is one way you make active living simple and something you look forward to on the regular?