Exercise, Nutrition, Opinion, Other, wellness

The Holy Trinity

Health is defined by Miriam Webster as “the condition of being sound in body, mind, and spirit.”

Notice that there is nothing in that definition that relates to your weight, body fat percentage, or the amount that you exercise. Health is so much more than your physical body.

I was discussing this with a good friend of mine, telling him that once I let go of my body hang ups, my body fell into line. He then brought up this concept of the “holy trinity of health.” This is the idea that your physical, mental, and spiritual health are all interconnected, so when they are all being nourished, they all thrive. However, when one aspect of the trinity is off, any of them, this throws you off, and makes it that much harder to nourish the other two. This is a concept I’ve seen to be true, and one I can get behind.

It seemed that when my mind was right, when I was stress free (or as close to that as I can be) and happy, I was much more inclined to take care of myself physically. When you actually want to take care of your physical health, meaning exercising for health and eating more fruits and vegetables, it becomes much easier and more enjoyable to do so. On the other side of the spectrum, when I was very stressed a few weeks ago, the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym and eat veggies. My body wanted it, but boy did my mind want a Netflix marathon and some cookies. Since my mental aspect was off, it basically gave me permission to neglect my physical health.

Mental and spiritual health are not things that are usually discussed in the realm of health and fitness, but they are just as important as your physical health. Your mental state dictates your physical journey. I’ve discussed the power of positivity before, meaning if you start your journey from a place of love and wanting to improve your health and wellness, this will be a fun and fulfilling journey, with the difficulties being worth it because you want this. If you begin from a place of hatred and wanting to change only the parts of you you hate, this will be a hard journey. It will be a chore, and lead to a temporary fix, rather than a long term lifestyle change.

Think about your why for this journey. If there are inherently negative reasons (“I hate my chubby tummy” or “I want to get rid of these thunder thighs”), flip the script. Change those reasons to “I want to eat more Whole Foods to nourish my body and power through my workouts” or “I want to strengthen my leg muscles”. These reasons say the same thing, but in entirely different ways. Rewriting some of the script in your head is step one to improving your mental and spiritual health, and step one in improving your physical health.

Exercise, Nutrition, Opinion, Progress

I Get By with A Little Help From My Friends

You got it. You have your goal in mind, you have your workouts written, your meals prepped, and you are ready to go. You can do everything right in your fitness journey, from the very beginning to the very end, but there’s one thing that you can’t do for yourself. Today, we’re discussing your support system.

Everyone needs a support system. Whether you’re a lone wolf or a pack animal, you need some sort of emotional support from those closest to you. Especially in a journey as difficult physically and mentally as a health and fitness journey, having someone in your corner can be the difference between success and failure. One of the first questions I ask a new client is “who do you have as a support system?” It can be any of the people I listed above, or it can be me. No matter who it is, someone is necessary. When you are on a journey that taxes not only your physical, but your emotional self, you need somebody that is there to help you through it. When the going gets tough, having someone who truly cares for you and your goals can keep you pushing through the stress to the other side, the side you want to be on. When you want to quit, someone who wants what’s best for you, and knows that you want it to, can prevent you from stopping.

The journey to become the best and healthiest version of you can be alienating. In the health and fitness world, we discuss that we are in a bubble. A bubble of knowledge that prevents us from throwing in the towel, never exercising, and swallowing pounds of fast food daily. Not everyone is like that. Not all of your friends are going to understand that you can split a tub of ice cream with them on a friday night. Not all of your family is going to understand why you want to wake up early to go workout, “even on vacation.” Some of your “support” that you thought you had, may turn on you as you begin to succeed, simply out of jealousy. Whatever the reason may be, people tend to not be as happy that you’re making the decision to get healthy as you are. Having people that you know support both you and your goals makes this journey a lot less lonely. People that you know you can talk to about your success in the gym, people that you know understand your struggles, and people that actually talk you into working out, even when you don’t want to, THOSE are the people you want in your corner. It makes the journey a lot less arduous when you have people who understand what you’re going through, and want to help. Having a solid foundation of support, even just one person, can keep you going to the finish line.

A support system not only supports you, but they supplement you. A solid support system can hold you accountable, making sure that you actually hit the gym four days a week like you wanted, and can give you that much needed side eye when you go for seconds on dessert. Your support system knows what you need, and how to best get you there. I am a coach myself, and I coach countless people through their fitness journey. Does that mean I’m exempt from having people in my corner to support me in my goals? HELL NO. My amazing boyfriend and my lovely mother are currently my “coaches.” They don’t write my plans, or watch my nutrition, but I check in with them weekly, sending both a check in sheet and photos, because it keeps me on track. I can’t report to myself, I’m way too lenient with me. They won’t let me slip, because they know my goals are important to me, way more important than an extra slice of cake.

Lastly, your support system (if they’re good), validates you in this journey. Yeah, you’re doing this for you, but it’s like running a marathon. You run the marathon because it’s a goal of yours or because you want to prove to yourself that you can (or whatever reason causes you to run that much), but seeing that sign that says, “You made it 20 miles, what’s another 6.2?” Is huge. Seeing that sign directed at you, being held by your support system, gives you that extra push that you need to get over that finish line. Of course, this health and fitness journey is for you, and your health. But that doesn’t mean it’s only about you. Knowing that you have loved ones there, waiting for you to succeed, can be that extra little bit of “why” that you need to keep going. If you don’t have a solid support system, reach out to me. I’m happy to be your cheerleader. I know how hard it is to go it alone, and, as long as I’m here, you don’t have to.