Often Sunday is the day we grocery shop, plan our workouts, and rest for the upcoming week. I figured there’s no better time than the night before the big ‘Motivation Sunday’ to talk about this quote I heard the other day:
Health is not a hobby, it is a commitment.
When I first started my blog, health was definitely a hobby of mine. Whether I was checking out vegan health books at the library or watching the next health documentary, I loved (and still do love) reading and researching wellness and what it means to be truly healthy. This is at the time I was so sick I could barely lift my head off the pillow, but I could control what went into my mouth. Experimenting with these ‘lifestyle plans’ was an exciting thing for me – a hobby. Unfortunately, I would often start a plan and give up on it after a few days, return to old health habits, then try to get back on the ‘healthy train.’ Little did I know I was treating healthiness as simply a hobby and not a commitment. I wasn’t ready for the sacrifice and uncomfortableness that comes with deciding to really commit to health.
This quote reminded me of the difference between me when I first started discovering fitness and health back in high school and what it means to me now. Back then there was no option but to eat healthy and exercise 5x a week. No excuses; that’s just how I lived. Now, I realized that with my laid back and carefree lifestyle i’ve adopted, I also got lazy with my health routine.
I drink my green smoothies – but only when I feel like it. I cook – but only when I feel like it. I eat chocolate – if I feel like it. Because after all, I only viewed my health as a hobby. Something I did when I felt like it. For fun.
I believe we are only driven and motivated by something we truly, deep down in our core feel strongly about. Not something we ‘think’ we should care about, but something we REALLY care about. Back in high school, I felt really strongly about being fit not to be healthy, but to look a certain way. That was a belief I felt in my core. Now that i’m in college, and i’ve realized there’s more to life than looks, I didn’t feel that drive for aesthetics anymore. I needed something else to motivate me to commit to health again.
Yeah, I knew that I could drastically reduce my risk for cancer, diabetes, stroke, etc. if I ate a certain way. I knew it, but I didn’t feel it and so that wasn’t good enough motivation. For a hobby, yes, but for a commitment that would take sacrifice and work? not so much.
Recently i’ve been dealing with a new lesson the Universe has given to me, and it’s been a difficult one to say the least. However, this lesson also has given me back the motivation and drive to stay healthy. I feel so strongly in my core about this issue, that it makes the sacrifices of living healthily worth it to me. Since I know that what I eat affects my mood drastically, I know that health is something I have to commit to, and not just do when I feel like it.
I’m not saying that we should never eat junk food or skip a workout again, but it can’t be a regular thing if we want to really make a change in the way we look and feel.
If you’ve been lacking motivation to get healthy, look at why you’re doing it. Are you saying you want to ‘feel better’ but you don’t feel that bad to begin with so that’s not motivating you anymore? Do you want to ‘lose weight’ – but in reality, you’re only losing weight because someone told you to?
You have to dig deep and find the core values that will motivate you. That’s really the only way to make lasting change. ❤
Lots of love,