9 hours ago
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on how much I’ve changed and grown over the past few years. When I first got into fitness, I got hooked. I loved seeing the physical progress, and I loved feeling stronger and more energized. But it turned into an addiction that mimicked health when it was truly toxic. I remember working out 2 or even 3 times a day.. tracking every step and calorie burned on my Fitbit. I was so restrictive with food, I wouldn’t even look at something that I didn’t consider ‘healthy’. I isolated myself so much and any time I wasn’t in control of a situation with food or missing workouts, I would get severe anxiety.
The intense restriction totaled out my body and mind and led to multiple binge sessions or burn outs. I would go from fitness obsessed gymaholic to food obsessed couch potato. Trying to break that all or nothing mindset was so. freaking. hard. It sounds crazy to say but the more I open up about it, the more I realize how many other people struggle with it too.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that true health means balance. It means being mentally healthy just as much if not more as being physically healthy. It means working out to feel good, to reduce anxiety, to strengthen your heart. It means eating lots of wholesome foods to fuel your muscles and organs that do oh-so-much for us everyday. But it also means spending so many beautiful moments out at dinner with friends and family, sharing that glass of wine with your mom on a rooftop, feeding your soul with your favorite ice cream.
Health 𝐢𝐬 happiness. ღ