So lately I have been using an app called MyFitnessPal which tracks all my food and exercise every day. I like it because it helps me stay accountable and more aware of what I am putting into my body. At the end of the day you "complete your diary" and then it tells you that if every day were like today, you would weigh x amount of pounds. There is something very motivating about that because it makes me want to repeat tomorrow so that the results come to fruition.
As I was doing this each night I was realizing something. Once the diary was completed and I went to bed, the day was no over forever. There is no way to go back in time and change anything that I ate or didn't eat. There was no way to increase more water or not have a slice of pizza. Once it was done, it was done and that was it.
It made me think further to those nights where I had things on my list I wanted to do, a workout to try or a recipe to attempt. I found myself going to bed and having some regrets that man I should have just taken the time to get it done. Time is passing regardless, but it's what we do with our time that matters. Some times at night I watch tv or play games on my phone. I could have gone on the treadmill during that time, or grabbed some weights and did some exercises, or went for a walk. I could have read a book instead of scrolling through social media for hours or I could have made one recipe from Pinterest in the time it took for me to scroll around all the ideas that would be fun to make in the future.
The point being is when we lay our heads on that pillow every night, we are completing our diary for the day. We are rejuvenating our bodies for the next day ahead of us, but why not start rejuvenating ourselves daily while we are awake too?
We can't function properly without sleep right? So what makes us think we can function properly without proper food, exercise, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health?
We really can't which is why we constantly find ourselves lately gasping for air in different areas of our life. A lot of us are merely existing each day, just trying to "get through the day" rather than living for the day.
Sometimes it seems too overwhelming to do a complete overhaul on everything. That mentality alone is why most "fad" diets don't work because we do these crash courses in nutrition and exercise are just temporary fixes for long term problems.
Let's stop band-aiding everything and start from the roots slowly and grow from there.
When it comes to nutritional health, make small changes that are easily attainable, easily executed and able to maintain consistency. Don't go ham and cut everything out. But either decide on one thing you can cut back on or something you can add to your diet that you can do. Once it becomes a new habit, you can grow from there.
When it comes to physical health, make small changes. Whether its going for a walk, doing stretches, or doing some weights, do something to get it going. You don't have to go out and buy expensive equipment. If you don't have weights, get a heavy book or something and do some exercises. Jumping jacks, lunges, squats, etc doing require money. And the internet is great to find some simple workouts at home. Or if all else fails, turn on some music and dance like no one is watching. Any kind of workout can release endorphins that make you feel good and over time that feeling is craved more when you do it more.
When it comes to spiritual health, regardless of your beliefs or religions, take some time each week to focus on it. Whether its meditating, manifesting, praying or just deep breathing, be mindful of what you want in life, focus your attention on what you are doing. Sometimes even just a couple of slow deep breaths can instantly relax you, reduce some anxiety and remove some cloud from your mind.
When it comes to emotional health, be aware of your feelings when you have them. If you are sad, be sad but be mindful of why you are sad. If you are struggling with your emotional health, seek help. Talk to friends you trust, family or maybe join support groups if need be. You are not alone and there are so many people out there who can relate to your emotions and feelings. Learn to recognize what triggers those emotions and when you are more mindful on what spikes it, you can take steps to alleviate and prevent it.
A lot of us have a lot of down time because of the world around us. Don't focus on the negative aspects of it. Instead change your energy and mindset about it and use this time to "complete your diary" every day the way you want it to be. Taking small steps will still get you to your destination faster than just standing still every day or swaying side to side from fear of stepping forward.
MAKE TODAY COUNT!
We all have problem areas We have have self criticisms We all have pain in different areas and ways Focus on what you can do today
We all have different goals We all have different views of beauty We all have different genetics Focus on what you can do today
We all have opinions on what is right We all have struggles as obstacles We all have insecurities Focus on what you can do today
Stop putting it off until tomorrow You can do SOMETHING today
Stop saying “if I was smaller I can do...” You can do SOMETHING today
Stop saying you aren’t where you should be You can do SOMETHING today
Every day do something that benefits your health, whether emotional, mental, physical or spiritual.
The hardest part of change is the mental mindset that you are ready for the change. Once today is over, you can never get it back.
Don’t focus on the regrets of what you should have done, wished you had done or regretfully did.
Focus on what can I do for myself to get to my goals? Take some time everyday to rejuvenate a part of you. Doesn’t have the be the same thing every day. Doesn’t always have to be physical every day. But find small ways that you can get closer to your goal and commit to it. Makes consistency your goal for now. After a while it becomes habit and no longer felt as a chore. And then increase from there.
Your mindset will either harm or help Your mindset will either achieve or fail Your mindset is the difference between first and last Your mindset determines how your day will go, how people treat you, how your body feels, how your mind feels.
Change your mindset, change your life!
Happy Monday! What are you going to do today??
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