Editor’s Note: this post is part of the current series of posts submitted by healthy living bloggers on what health means to them. We are no longer taking submissions on this topic and have opened the floor to a new topic.
This post is brought to you by Heather who blogs at Then Heather Said.
Although I write about running, and weight loss, and gym time my blog is very different than the majority of “healthy living blogs” out there. I tend to be a bit more wordy and talk about some taboo type subjects regarding my past relationship, my past professions, my past failures, and my current state of “being a mess”. But I try to do so fairly. & truthfully. & reasonably. & rationally. I do this because I believe that when I share these segments of myself, even (and especially) when it makes me feel completely vulnerable, I am making a healthy decision for my life; I am taking a step in healthy living.
The last thing I want to be is ashamed of myself. Of my decisions, of my faults, of my poor judgments, or my mistakes – because through all the “bad stuff” there has been so much good stuff. Lessons learned, steps taken forward, the understanding of good friends and family, and knowledge that whatever comes my way, I can get through it- just to name a few.
I think it all stems from my answer to “What Health Means to Me.” To me, health is not only about nutrition and fitness. It’s more than what you are eating and what kind of exercise you are doing each week. These actions and decisions we make, to move our bodies and fuel ourselves the best ways possible, all stem from a deeper drive for health. For me, I want to be WHOLLY HEALTHY. What I eat and how I exercise are just subdivisions in the great neighborhood of my drive for a healthy life.
Healthy living is more about healing, and having a healthy soul. Facing fears and becoming a stronger person. Listening to your heart and knowing how to take advice and ask for help when needed. Helping others and telling the truth, even and especially when its hard. Being genuine in your actions and open to others’ opinions. Its about finding out what makes me, me and aiding people in realizing how special they are. Its about following my giftings and knowing the difference between selfishness and anger. Its about learning and gaining self worth. Struggling to do these things and questioning, and doubting, and yet still having hope and faith enough to move forward. Its all these things and more.
Health is about embracing life. All of it. completely.
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