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Patience is truly a virtue. As Millennials, we are used to instant gratification. We take a picture, we can now see the image seconds afterwards with the help of camera phones and digital cameras. We no longer have to wait for the film to develop. We want to express ourselves to someone, we don’t have to write a letter, we can send a simple text.
Since I started my health and wellness journey, I haven’t always had great days. It isn’t a linear process – some days will be better than others. I think a great place to start is with acceptance. Accepting your body and where you are in your life in this very moment is extremely important, and forgiving yourself for how you treated yourself in the past can help you have a fresh start.
A Iife of wellness isn’t just about the physical aspect, but about mind, body, and spirit. I personally had an unhealthy relationship with food, and of course I still have my days where I struggle with it. It was to the point where it caused me to be very unhappy with myself, and it affected the way I lived my life. Sometimes it’s like my mind knows that I shouldn’t eat something…not because it’s a horrible thing and it’s going to make me gain 1000 pounds in one night, but because there are certain things that are my weakness. Sometimes I can stop myself from abusing it and other times I just fail at doing so. For example, candy. I love sweets and I do not plan on restricting them completely from my life because ya girl loves her chocolate, ice cream, and cherry sours. However, they do not need to be an everyday food. Another thing I have learned is that, more often than not, there is a more healthful alternative to something that you want. It doesn’t mean that you can eat a bunch of it because there is still such thing as too much, but it means that what you’re putting into your body may be a smarter choice than the other option.
One thing I have to continue to remind myself is that I didn’t gain all this weight overnight, so of course I’m not going to lose it quickly either. Sometimes I find myself being very critical of my body and just the way I look in general. This is me right now. Just because you may not look the way you want to look at the moment, doesn’t mean that your self-worth has been lowered in some way, even though you may feel that way sometimes.
Another important thing to take note of is that it isn’t all about weight loss, but the way that you feel. I know what my body is capable of. I used to be more fit in my high school days, and I would like to get back to that or at least continue to build my stamina and strength. When I am active, I feel good. I feel free. This is a lifestyle, meaning that it’s ongoing. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, learn how to be a fantastic baker, or even learn a new language, it all takes time.
Some things to think about on your journey:
1) It’s a process and it will take time.
2) Don’t focus so much on a number, but on the way you’re feeling.
3) You will have ups and downs. You will slip up at times, but you have to get back up.
4) You are worth the fight.
Meet the Author: Tanisha
Tanisha is currently taking time off from school and using this time to do some soul searching. She has battled with her health for years and wants to help others who are going through the same thing. She enjoys helping others, photography, spending time with family and friends, reading, and making people laugh. Even if you don’t laugh at her favorite corny joke, she will! Follow her on Instagram at @lestruggleisreal!
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