Health and wellness is often mistaken for diet and fitness, they are completely different.
Diet and fitness is so shrouded in shame. I want nothing to do with that. To me, diet and fitness screams “you aren’t good enough”. “We live in a perfect world, and you don’t belong.”
Diet and fitness is so consumed with being right, it’s afraid to admit when it’s wrong.
If you haven’t achieved the body you want, they will tell you that it’s because you have not worshiped correctly at the altar of diet and fitness. Eat less. Move more. If that doesn’t work, it’s not us, it’s you.
This makes it very easy for us to hide in shame. I’m eating nothing. I’m going to have to quit my job if I’m going to move any more than I already do. It’s got to be me.
This is where I am torn. Diet and fitness have made a huge difference in my life. Feeling awesome is awesome. But not when it comes with a price. I’m not the fastest runner. I will never be. My diet will probably continue to be okayish at best. Being okay with that is not okay for diet and fitness.
Health and wellness on the other hand isn’t about shame. Health and wellness is not about striving to be skinny, it’s about striving to be healthy and accepting how your body reacts.
Until next time, be awesome!
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My name is Annie, I am a Fitness and Nutrition Unstructor. I help women who have lived by the rules their whole lives, break those rules and take their turn in life.