Love can often feel like an abstract and complex concept to tackle as a blogger. As I’ve been working through this health challenge – I’ve made some realizations about love and thought I’d share a more personal post today. It all started at the beginning of this challenge. I was feeling irritable. I wasn’t communicating with those that I cared about and I constantly felt misunderstood. Then one night, I found a card that my grandmother had written to us the day we were married. She passed away in 2010 and so it felt all the more special. In it she wrote:
Such a simple phrase but I felt the impact. I am a firm believer that loving someone is a choice. You have to make an effort. You have to show up.
I started repeating the phrase to myself over the past few weeks. “Love each other always.” While I felt better about my relationships, I realized that I had grown to dislike my body and the way that I looked. I felt like giving up until I realized how similar the two situations were. These same concepts apply when loving ourselves and our bodies. I decided to take some actionable steps:
- I was going to stop filling my body with food that was most convenient and start planning so I could eat food that truly nourishes.
- I decided to join the gym again and sign up for 6 personal training sessions. I even went to my FIRST fitness class a couple days ago.
- I decided to break down my tasks per day. Since I work for myself, it’s easy to try to accomplish everything in one day.
- I made a conscious decision to make an effort to love those around me, God and my body.
It’s been a little over 2 weeks and I honestly feel like a different person. It’s easy to think that just because someone co-writes a health blog they’re perfect at being healthy. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I hope this post allows you all (our readers) to know that we’re all figuring this stuff out together.
Feel free to share any recent struggles or triumphs in the comment section and we’ll chat!