I could post about my physical transformation and how it’s helped my overall health. I could write a post about healthy eating and how it’s also helped my health. But I want to talk to you about is my internal transformation that has happened, and continues to happen.
Throughout life, you’re told to respect other people’s opinions and thoughts. You’re told to respect other people’s feelings. You’re told to do things a certain way, without questioning why. You’re shown all of these things as you grow up.
And then you become an adult. You move and see the world for what it truly is. You meet people who have different backgrounds as you; different beliefs, different values, different goals, different views. And then you realize that, there isn’t a “right way”, or a “one way” of dealing with things.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that you can’t control how other people react, or feel. You have NO control over another person’s behaviour, no matter how much you try. You can “try to push” things on someone else, but I bet you, the more you try to push, the more they will push away.
Life isn’t about being who other people want you to be. It’s about who YOU want to be. It’s creating the life YOU want, and not caring about what other people say about you. It’s about being HAPPY with yourself, and being PROUD of all the accomplishments YOU have made.
This life is NOT about pleasing others. Life is about pleasing YOU, and ONLY you. I’m not the girl I was 3.5 years ago, and for that, I’m thankful. I’m thankful that I’ve found my voice. I’ve made boundaries. I have values. I have goals. I have a solid support system. I have GAINED self love and acceptance. I’ve gained SO much positivity.
By putting my health, and myself, FIRST. This transformation hasn’t happened only with exercising daily. It happened because I chose to change. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be different; different then what people told me to be. I wanted become a better me, so I did.
Exercising gave me the strength to change. Exercising has challenged me in ways that I didn’t think would change me, but it has.
Now? I can’t imagine not putting my health first.