What’s your why?

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Since my last post I have taken a step back and begun to think about the reason I began this healthy living journey. To be honest, I think I have avoided some of the reasons for a very long time. When I first got back on the wagon of healthy living in January of 2016 I hoped to drop much needed pounds in 6 months. This timeline was in hopes of slimming down before my trip back to Nigeria to visit my extended family for the first time in over 10 years.

As I may have mentioned before I have always been a heavier individual. I was at times bullied as a child about my weight by other kids and well intentioned adults. Due to this as a teenager I often fell target to emotional eating, depression, and eventually anorexia nervosa. My eating disorder was the result of many factors, one of which was the compulsion to control the world around me.

I wanted to control what people thought of my appearance and who I identified as, at a very young age of 15. I didn’t want to be the fat girl anymore, nor did I want to be ignored, belittled or criticized because of my appearance. Unfortunately, I still feel the same way only 8 years later, I have luckily recovered from the illness but have also consequently gained back what was lost plus some. Although everyday I fight the urge to go back to bad habits and do what sometimes feels more comfortable, I remind myself to constantly take a breath. With that breath I remember that my reason for doing all of this is to be healthy.

I want to be able to compete in a triathlon and zip-line in Fiji. I want to be able to push my body to its physical limits, live a healthy life at an old age, and enjoy life to the fullest. As cliché as it may seem, I try to always remember that life is short and there are no promises in tomorrow. So today I must do the best that I can.

I wrote this post to give you as the reader a more transparent view of my side of the healthy living journey. I know how hard it is to keep going in the state of frustration and with negative Nancy’s sitting on your back. It’s not easy, everyday we push against invisible barriers that are very unknown to the peanut gallery, but very real to us. So today think about why you are doing this!

Think about the goals you are setting and relish in the milestones you have hit! Forget about the hidden pressure from others and the impulse to fit in to the box we have been given. Every healthy living journey is perfect in its own right because its purpose is to better you. You are the the reason you should be on this journey, and no one else. Today, we take back our health and remember why we started this journey! ❤

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”
– Kevin Ngo

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Author: Christine Adelaja

Hi, I'm Christine! I am currently working towards my Masters in Business Administration with plans to bridge the gap between Nutrition and Business. I believe the road to healthy living is both beautiful, empowering and one never ending joke. My essential purpose is to motivate and empower others towards living a healthy lifestyle through education and guidance!

2 thoughts on “What’s your why?”

  1. Christine, I sincerely appreciate the honesty you wrote this post with and sharing your story – which is not at all easy to do knowing that anyone can just stumble upon and read it. The struggles you face(d) are not so unfamiliar to many young women and it’s so powerful for all of us to know that we are not alone in the fight. Body Image is a SERIOUS issue and I just LOVE how candid you were about your situation. It’s so powerful to acknowledge the real reasons that we care about our health and fitness goals and where they come from. Reminded me a lot of what my WHY’s are. Great work and thank you again for sharing! XO

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I believe that we frequently forget the struggles of others and fail to acknowledge the journey we ourselves have experienced. No one menu or schedule will work for everyone, nor will one specific reason inspire us all to live healthier! WE must always remember our personal why’s! Thank you for reading!

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