A couple of summers ago, I decided I needed a bit of a lifestyle change. I decided that instead of trying to mindlessly follow some new diet or ‘fad’, I would learn all I could about what it meant to be healthy, and make as much a physical change I could, in 80 days. I didn’t look at the scales. I would only measure my progress by photos, and by my attitude towards myself (levels of self love). This led to a really positive change in my attitude towards life and what it meant to be healthy. Rather than restricting myself and then feeling temped with all the things I couldn’t do or eat, I’d look at all food I COULD eat and get excited about the idea of how healthy and good for me it was. Instead of seeing treats as a bad thing, I stuck to about an 80%/20% rule, and just decided that for the most part, I didn’t want to eat unhealthily anymore, and that a healthy change needed to come from self love and self respect, not from self hate.
As motivation and inspiration (or life) has it’s ups and downs, sometimes it’s impossible to stick to such a positive mentality for a super long period of time (especially with anxiety or any other mental health problems you may be facing). Since that summer, I have pretty much stuck to my 80% 20% rule of good vs ‘bad’ food, and worked out on and off – sometimes for 4 days a week for a few weeks at a time, and then go through phases of maybe one workout once or twice a month.
But I am a personal growth junkie. I like to think I’m quite healthy now, and I’ve been making improvements with becoming more mindful and trying to reduce my day-to-day anxiety.
After some thought over the past couple of days, I’ve decided that since the first one worked so well, I’ll do a similar challenge to before – a 90 day mind, body and soul challenge. So instead of just looking to improve my body image (that will just be a great added bonus) I want to become aware of my mind and the noise it creates, and become skilled in how I manage myself. I want to feel myself grow within myself – to become more mindful, effectively manage my anxiety, and develop skills to become more self-disciplined.
Some ways I’ll do this, are:
- Exercise 4 days a week. I find exercise, especially weight training, really helps me relieve stress. Because I work at a desk for the most part of my day, I hold a lot of tension in my hips and shoulders.
- Reading – reading about mindfulness, emotions, and just reading for pleasure
- Creativity – prioritising painting, writing and reading over technology (and sticking with it even though I may feel impatient with myself for ‘not being creative enough’)
- Tech-tox …spending little to no time online apart from at work and to write my blog (and the occasional Instagram post (follow me if you like! I use Insta mainly for watching other yogi’s flows or workouts for inspiration and posting about health/fitness/mindfulness)
- Slowly move towards a largely plant based diet and experiment with more plant based foods and recipes ( I always suffer with bloating which really impacts my self confidence and makes me look about 4 months pregnant, so it will be nice to see the difference I feel by learning more about and sorting out my nutrition!)
90 days from now is the 3rd June. I’m excited to track my progress – physically and mentally!
Has anyone else done anything similar to this? What do you do to unwind and focus on your well being?
Thanks for reading, till next time….xxxx