Putting a Perspective on “Healthy”

Recently, I’ve gotten a bit of a wake-up call about being healthy. I’ve just finished my first college exams and no one prepared me for how stressful they would be. The past couple of months, I’ve been the busiest I’ve been in a long time. I’ve been spending more time in the library studying, I took up a yoga class to try and meet new people, I started going to the gym because I wanted to start weight lifting. I’ve been clocking up the miles trekking around Dublin city and collapsing into bed wrecked tired at night time.
I thought to myself “This is great! Look at me living my life and doing all these things!!!”, but the problem is I failed to compensate for the extra fuel I would need for all these activities. Reality hit when I found out I had lost weight. It struck harder when I said this to my friends and family and they told me they had already noticed and were concerned. Coming home from the library later than I normally would, late dinner and prioritising other things over meal times lead me to neglect myself and my health.
I’ve decided obviously to make moves to gain the weight back and while it is slightly daunting because if my past, for the first time in my life I’m actually looking forward to it. In the past, I was terrified to gain weight, and I’m kind of glad in a sense to be able to face this challenge with a clear and positive mindset. I’m so motivated to fill my jeans, and not look so haggard, for my nails not to be so brittle and to be able to be active without it affecting me so much. Exercise gives me such mental clarity that I don’t want to have to give it up every time I start.
I’ve come to all these conclusions and it feels quite strange, to be honest, to be trying to gain weight before the summer when the common thing is to go on a bikini diet. But, now more so than ever I know that the term healthy is different for every single person. Just because some person eats this diet or that person is trying to get flat abs, doesn’t mean that its healthy for you. There is no one size fits all. For me right now the healthiest and the best thing I can do for my body is to gain weight. Healthy for me right now is eating more chocolate and more foods that might not be deemed “healthy” in society. I’m not looking at what everyone else is doing because how is that going to benefit my body? Our bodies are amazing things and we put them through so much every day I feel like it’s about time we showed them some appreciation and practiced a bit more self-love. That’s my goal and I’m excited for my journey towards loving my body, I’ve already taken the first step. Jayne  X
What are some steps you want to take to love your body more? Let me know in the comments!

2 Comments

  • Izzy Bruning says:

    Love this post – I think it is so great that you have noticed the change!
    One thing I want to do to change my attitude towards my body is starting to love myself more!
    Izzy | Pinch of delight

  • Courtney Fredriks says:

    Something all too relatable… I’d love to know how you get on with going against the ‘social norm’ of embracing the weight loss as something ‘good’ and then not comparing what you eat to others when striving to gain it back. Loved the post 🙂 x

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