In my experience, the most important part of you is your mental health. Without it, nothing out of the survival mode can work. Sure, training with heavy weights feels great, but nothing can beat the feeling of a positive mindset.
What was lacking in my life was a plan…. a routine – sure I had one, but it wasn’t productive to furthering myself. Depression was starting to set in and I wasn’t a pleasant person to be around. I would pick fights with my housemates, boyfriend and anyone that wasn’t close to me to feel some excitement in my life. Jealously set in far too quickly since others were having “better lives” than I.
My excitement for life was coming back slowly but surely. I started noticing physical changes. In addition to that, I was learning new skills and becoming stronger. A bodybuilder even took me under his wing and showed me things few others knew in terms of training differently yet effectively. The changes I started noticing in my life were an overall better mood, I felt accomplished and ready for new challenges and I had bonded with people I knew in a different way forming close friendships.
Sure I still stressed about my unemployment and financial issues, but not nearing enough as I did. Since I moved across country, my mental health has improved as well.
Another aspect that my lifestyle has affected is being open to learning about myself no matter how painful it is.
I am also more health conscious about the quality of vegan food I consume (I still have my “junk” moments).
Most importantly, I stay on track regardless if I’m feeling lazy for above all my mental health.
It also helps with my goal to compete in 2015 so that’s as a secondary benefit. It’s really fantastic to have a better sense of what my body needs and when it needs it.
Whatever stage you are in your life, always remember to take the time for yourself and pamper yourself with whatever works for you. Want to get into running, get out there! Love yoga? Keep at it! Like watching at home workout DVDs? Embrace it! Don’t forget the nutrition part and you’ll be set for a better, healthier life!
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