Hi, friends! I took the day off from work for a much-needed self-care day, so I thought I would take the time to blog about something that has been on my mind lately; diet vs. lifestyle.
I’ve always been a generally healthy person with the help of playing sports and actually enjoying the taste of healthy foods. But I’m also that girl that has trouble turning down anything from Chick-Fil-A or late night car rides to get a Reese’s Cup Blizzard from Dairy Queen. For the past year, I have been working out almost every day and I got addicted to the feeling I had after a good workout. Lately, I haven’t been prioritizing the health and fitness goals that I made for myself at the beginning of the year. I’ve been using my summer jobs as an excuse for why I should stay in bed and watch The Bachelorette or The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills instead of working out during my free time. I think my pushback for not wanting to workout lately is because I have the mindset that its summer, so if I wanna treat myself to some ice cream or donuts, then I should! Yah know? My pushback stems from the idea that working out and eating healthy relates to having to be on a diet. Like, who actually sticks to the diets they try? Not me! I mean the word itself just looks and sounds depressing.
I came across two girls on social media–I know, super basic–but they opened my eyes to viewing working out and eating healthy as a lifestyle and not a diet. The word, lifestyle, in general just looks and sounds better than “diet.” So, for my personal self-care, I have officially canceled the word, diet. I know it’s such a simple concept, but Tori Sterling and Kenzie Burke have really been big influences in my attempt to just live a pure and healthy lifestyle… with some Chick-Fil-A splurges on the side! I now view working out as purely self-care, because it really does help me to release any tension or nerves that I have built up inside and I can just get a good sweat on lol. I don’t look at working out as something I have to do in order to lose weight or get in to shape, because I have created a better relationship with the food that I am eating. Half the results people see from working out happen in the kitchen. When I put effort into making sure my food benefits the changes I want to see in my body, then I don’t feel pressured to add an extra mile or set into my workout. Now that I view working out and eating healthier as a lifestyle, I don’t put so much pressure on myself. The world puts enough pressure on women to look a certain type of way, but for the sake of every woman’s mental, emotional, and physical health I think we need to focus on how we want to live our lives, not how we want to ‘diet’ our lives.
Today’s self-care Sunday goal is to just have some relaxing me-time. Writing is the best way that I know how to distress, so of course blogging was the first thing on my mind. I also lean towards journaling when I have so much to say for my own personal health that I’ll freewrite until the ink runs dry. Even if you think you’re not the best at writing, I think free writing is the best form of therapy and releasing of emotions. It’s kinda like word vomit; it doesn’t have to make sense or be in complete sentences, but it should just be a place to write for yourself and keep to yourself. Along with working out or writing, self-care routines help me to unwind and breathe a little easier. Kenzie Burke has inspired me to change up my daily routines and now I have new morning & night routines that help benefit my personal self-care. I’ve been drinking a glass of hot lemon water + apple cider vinegar and eating a bowl of fruit to start each morning for the past week and it’s made a huge difference in my daily health and wellness. After I have my first breakfast, I have to have my morning coffee; it wouldn’t be a ‘Keara’ kind of morning without my coffee and morning talk shows! As for my night routine, I’ve been drinking a small cup of hot tea to calm down and relax before bed. I’ve said this in previous blog post, but it’s those tiny moments in the morning and at night that can make such a huge difference in the day. If you’re religious, I would also recommend using those moments to slip in a little prayer time (that’s definitely a self-care must). I might even do a face mask for a little nightly pamper session. I have 3 that I need to try: the Bubblesheet Mask by GlamGlow, the Nature Recipe Tea Tree Calming & Soothing Mask by Secret Key, and the Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask by Soo’Ae New York.
I’ll leave a link to Kenzie Burke’s website, https://www.kenzieburkehealth.com, if you’re interested in learning more about her journey with creating a healthy relationship with food and having a better outlook on fitness. I can already see a difference in my mood, energy, and my body since I started looking at health and wellness in a more positive light.
If you’ve read this far, I hope you have an amazing Sunday! Don’t forget to take a few seconds for yourself today.