Today’s post is the second post of my new series called “My Health Journey”. If you missed out on the first post, you can read it here.
I was diagnosed with an eating disorder in 2008, which is when I began my road to recovery.
Recovery is a long long long road and requires a lot of work, but I was determined to recover. I knew I was stronger than my eating disorder and worthy of a life without it.
After two and a half years of working on my recovery, I was well enough to move away from my parents in Yorkton, SK to live and go to school in London, ON.
Although I was definitely well enough to live on my own and technically no longer had an eating disorder, I still had a long way to go…
The biggest changes in my recovery and health happened within the past year when I got really serious about repairing my relationship with food and one of the things I attribute much of my success to was when I took the time to define what health meant to me.
Health is an incredibly powerful word, but it can mean something totally different from person to person depending on your values.
What’s important is what health means to you.
I knew I wanted to be healthy, so I literally sat down last year and defined what health meant to me and outlined the changes I had to make in my life to be able to live this definition I had of health.
To me, health isn’t about obsessing over food. So, I knew I had to make changes in that area of my life. At the time, I was using My Fitness Pal to track my calories and macros, eating six meals a day because I thought “that was the right thing to do”, and weighing every morsel of food I put into my mouth. All of these actions didn’t fit into my definition of health, so I made changes in my life to eliminate them.
To me, health was about eating the foods that made me feel best without restriction. This meant tuning into how foods made me feel, which foods made me feel my best, and really letting go of portion sizes and tracking calories and macros.
To me, health was being spontaneous. This meant learning to live by going with the flow, which lead to many days at the beach with Eddie this past summer!
To me, health was being active the way I wanted to be active. This meant discovering new workouts and learning what I truly love and felt best doing.
To me, health was having a positive mind. So, I began to work harder than ever on developing a positive body image through positive self talk, something I’ve always been good at.
To me, health was finding my balance between food, exercise, and everything in between. This meant taking rest days when being spontaneous and going to the beach with Eddie for an example, giving others control over my eats, and so on.
After defining what health meant to me, I used the definition as a constant reminder that I was doing the right thing whenever I doubted myself along the journey of regaining my health.
If I ever felt like I should be tracking my macros, counting calories, or anything else that didn’t fit into my definition of health I reminded myself that those actions weren’t going to help me achieve health.
By taking the time to define what health meant to me and making the necessary changes to live my personal definition of health, I was able to make the big strides in my recovery, regain my health, and get to where I am today!
Have you ever taken the time to define what health means to you?
PS if you have a high five to share with me for this coming High Five Friday please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!