Some of the most common questions I get include what's my workout routine, how do I stay so slim, how often do I hit the gym etc. However, I think I should be answering a much more important question than these; what wellness really means to me and why I like to keep my body healthy and fit.
Truth is I'm not one of those people who have a life-long dedication to wellness and have not always treated my body very responsibly. But for the past couple of years I've really been trying to look after myself and be the healthiest version I can be. If you think about it, it's just you and well..you for the rest of your life, so why don't you make it the best "you" possible?
I used to think that being skinny is the ultimate goal; thank god I started loving my body and all the curves that come with it. Because you know what? Forcing yourself to be skinny is not going to bring you happiness. Everyone's body is different, you just need to find what works for you and stick to it. Just because your friend does cardio 5 times a week and can loose 1kg in 24 hours doesn't mean that if you follow the same routine you will get the same results.
I've received so many hurtful comments in the past for my appearance, some for promoting an unhealthy body image that made me feel really bad at the time. I have to admit that I, myself have struggled with the idea of "perfect" portrayed by social media. It's really hard to compete in a world full of skinny - sometimes photoshopped - girls who constantly diet, girls worshipped by their millions of followers for being #bodygoals. Can I just tell you something? I hate the word dieting, I hate the word skinny, I hate when people tell me "why do you complain, you are #bodygoals".
First, everyone's idea of #goals should vary. Not everyone has the same body structure or metabolism, not everyone can be a VS angel, and most importantly not everyone should want to be. You should aim to be strong, healthy and confident in your own skin and stop chasing the dream of body perfection. Everybody is beautiful in their own way.
In case you still want to know, the reason why I'm slim is that I work out regularly and I have adopted quite healthy eating habits - sorry to break it to you but there's no magic pill for that. I don't eat burgers every day [I don't like burgers anyway] nor I have french fries for dinner, but I do indulge in chocolate every other day cause I love it and life's too short to say no. I also don't fall for stupid diets anymore; if I eat a lot one day I try not to punish myself the next, I'll just go back to my normal routine because it's OK to treat yourself every once in a while.
Try to see this as a healthy lifestyle in general, rather than a permanent phase of restrictive eating & extreme training. Wellness is a state of mind after all. Keeping your body healthy will make you stronger both physically & mentally. It will help you cope with stress [story of my life], illness and anything else that comes in the way. It will make you enjoy life and [most likely] live longer.
So start showing your body some love; it really is worth it.
- Nat x