Many people have different reasons as to why they accomplish certain goals, and give up on the rest. But when it comes to your health, what really drives you to want to succeed?
For me, my motives have changed as I've gotten older. I'm absolutely a product of my raise, so my initial reason, without even realizing, was I wanted to be athletic and keep up with my teammates. I played sports all year long and if I got sick or hurt, I was benched. That was enough for me to make a conscious effort to take care of myself, to avoid temptations and stay on the right path . As I continued to grow into a woman, I became inundated with all sorts of media and my perceptions started to change. It was then I felt like in order to be fully accepted I had to be skinny, count calories, but also manage my highly active lifestyle. That's what all the television shows and magazines said, and I placed my value in those concepts. Unfortunately, it lasted for a majority of my life until about 3 years ago, when things started to take a turn. Now I have embraced the want to be strong, fit and able to continuously push my limits from before. This has luckily become widely accepted and embraced in today's day and age. However, the strong vs. skinny struggle is still real for all women, and for a long time, my mind and body internally battled.
It wasn't until recently that I have solidified my reasons for why I wake up each day and chose my health and happiness. The truth is, I believe in wellness, not sickness. I think putting everything else aside, prevention is the absolute solution to most disease we have in this world, including cancer. Nutritional Genomics is the future of medicine.
Food does matter. Proper supplementation matters. Managing your stress and becoming aware of what you are genetically disposed to is most important. Do you know what you are up against as you age? I have one parent who is healthy, active, energetic and then I have another who has symptoms showing the opposite. I believe my future lies in my hands and that goes far beyond what I see in the mirror each day. Of course I want to look and feel good, but my inner drive goes much, much deeper than vanity.
What I know for sure is that life is only worth living if you feel alive. Regardless of what motivates me, I've made a commitment to use the knowledge I have to choose wellness. It's not easy and I must be reminded every single day, but I know it's promise that will always be worth keeping.
To Your Best Summer Yet,