So, if you haven’t noticed, I never seem to address health and fitness on here anymore.
At the start of Build Your Bliss, and throughout all of my blog journeys before that, food and exercise played a major role in 90% of my posts. I loved working out and I loved healthy food. I thought I was doing all of the “right” things and wanted nothing more than to share that with all of you.
Looking back, it was all about comfort. My life as an actress/model was extremely unpredictable and food/exercise was something that I could control. It was something I could be “good at”. I went from dreading the gym to spending hours there on a daily basis. I went from rarely touching vegetables to being a full-fledged vegan. I went from living a life that I enjoyed to living a life I thought was ‘perfect’.
Then one day something changed. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened and I don’t know what caused it. Perhaps it was getting my job at the restaurant and no longer having time for long workouts or extensive meal preparation. Or perhaps it was watching my family fall apart in the blink of an eye. Or perhaps I was just fed up with the stress of it all. Whatever the reason, I did.
The first step was giving up vegan-ism. Now, I’ll always be a vegetarian (solely because I don’t like meat) but I enjoy cheese and yogurt and ice-cream and eggs and all of the other amazing foods that I had cut out of my life. Hell, they made up 95% of my diet in high school. Do I agree with the way animals are treated? No, it breaks my heart…but I needed those foods back in my life.
From there, everything seemed to fall into place. I stopped stressing over food, obsessing over exercise, and I chose freedom over control. I started focusing on things that make me happy; going out with friends, writing, hiking, working, relaxing and enjoying time with the people I love.
My life is different now. I still value my health and well-being- I always will. I still eat copious amounts of fruits and veggies because I love them and I still go to the gym when I feel like it. That’s that. If I wind up eating half a jar of peanut butter and cookies for dinner one night, so be it. If I don’t work out for a week, my body probably needed the rest. I’m letting life happen and loving every minute of it.
Like I’ve mentioned before, my blog is growing with me. This is a journey and I’m taking you along. Don’t obsess. Don’t put pressure on yourself to lead a perfectly “healthy” life because that simply doesn’t exist. And if it did, it would be miserable. Don’t conform to a diet/exercise regime just to mimic somebody else because we’re all different. Find balance. Find freedom. Find life. Find bliss.
Here’s to discovering our own version of healthy…