Why does any of this even matter?
Why are we trying to lose weight? To get healthy? Of course! But what does getting healthy really mean? Getting healthy is not just about exercising or eating a well balanced diet. We need to do so much more. To truly get healthy we need to improve our physical, emotional and spiritual well being or body, mind and spirit.
Healthy in body is about improving your physical self. In order to be healthy in body we need to be physically active or exercise, eat a healthy well balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. In 1996 the surgeon general issued a position that declared that all adults needed at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. In 2005 it changed to 30 minutes a day for people of a normal healthy weight, 60 minutes if you want to control your weight and 90 minutes if you want to lose and sustain. The good news is you do not have to do it all at one time. Phew! On an average day I typically do aerobic exercise 60 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes strength in the afternoon and 35 minutes of Qi Gong before bedtime. It works for me.
Healthy in mind means mindfulness. Mindfulness is tp pay attention and clearly see whatever is happening in your present life without judgement. Mindfulness improves health and boosts immunity. In other words you need to care for your mental and emotional well-being. Meditation is one form of mindfulness. It will help you achieve inner peace and reduce stress.
Healthy in spirit has to do with your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles and morals. Having compassion, lose and forgiveness will help you enjoy your spiritual health. A healthy spirit is not only about being good to yourself but about being good to others as well. When you practice both of these you will truly be happy and your spirit will soar.
There are so many things you can do to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual health. The number one thing that will improve all three areas of your health is gratitude. Gratitude increases happiness, pleasure, enthusiasm and strengthens your immune system. It encourages us to eat better and exercise more. Thinking about gratitude this morning I remembered something that happened last night. I had to go to the store and everyone was at work so I had to use my cane. Anyway when I got up to the door this man was going inside and looked at and kind of grimaced but held the door open for me to go in first. I smiled and told him 'thank you so much" He just said "its okay" in a gruffy voice. So I kept smiling and told him to have a fabulous day. The change in his whole demeanor was big. He actually smiled back at me and said "thank you ma'am and you do the same" I do not know what was on his mind before but it was apparent that my gratitude struck a chord in him. It not only made him smile but it made me happy as well. Gratitude is not only about saying thank you it is also about being grateful for what you have and appreciating it.
We all need to practice a little more gratitude. How? Try thinking of at least 5 things every day that you are grateful for. That may even be a bit much at first so try to think of 1 thing every day. Write them down in a journal so you can look back on them from time to time. You could also practice random acts of kindness to show your gratitude or pay it forward. Once you do these things you should start to notice a new spring in your steps, a new motivation you could say.
God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!