Blogging from A to Z Day 8: Health

H is for Health

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I very much believe the mind-body-soul concept. If one side of the triangle is not being maintained, it can affect the other two sides. I already talked about the mind part a couple of posts ago, and today I want to talk about the body.

Too often I find that people seem to confuse beauty and health. Often when making lifestyle decisions, in aspects of health, they use beauty as a motive in changing their behavior.

A very current example of this in my own life is dieting and exercising. For the past maybe five years, I have made working out an important priority in my life. I can’t say I have kept up with my ideal work out schedule as well as I’d like, but it is always something I am working on. When I tell people that I try to work out every day, half the time I hear that I made a good decision, but the other half of the time I hear “Why? You don’t need it.”

To put this in perspective, my weight is right in the average area of women my height.

In another example, for years I have been aware of how my eating habits affect my health. I try to eat healthy, but that has been one giant failure after another. Part of the reason why eating healthy has become important to me is because I notoriously eat very unhealthy things. I also have a history of getting sick a lot. So, for the past few years, I have been talking to people and trying to get tips for eating healthier, simply to improve my health and quality of life.

When I tell people this, more often than not, I hear “You’re dieting? Why? You don’t need to!”

I try hard not to roll my eyes at this. I don’t diet. In my mind, dieting implies simply a reduction in food intake, which is not what I am trying to do. I am simply trying to eat healthier. Same amount of food. Better quality. Better for my body. Likewise, I am not working out to lose weight. Exercise does way more for your body than simply shave off a few pounds.

The reason why I work out and attempt to eat healthy food is because it is healthy. Regardless of your shape, size, or age, everyone needs to maintain their health. I get sick. I need to not get sick. I have low energy. I need to change that. My solution: eat proper foods and stay active.

Some people might describe me as “skinny,” however being “skinny,” if that is even what I am, is not a factor in my health decisions.

“Skinny” does not automatically mean healthy.

“Skinny” does not automatically mean healthy.

And because I know not everyone is going to get this, let me say it again:

“Skinny” does not automatically mean healthy.

I don’t even check my weight on a scale. I check how my body is feeling. I talk about my diet with a doctor. Based on that, I decide if I need to work out or change what I am eating. It has nothing to do with the size of my body.

It’s too late for me to tell those I grew up with to save me from the emotional turmoil of whether or not I should be healthy or skinny. This is for when I, and any of you, see other girls, and frankly boys too. Never tell them they don’t need to work out. Never tell them they don’t need to worry about what they are putting in their body. Everyone needs to be aware of these things.

Never teach them to associate beauty and value with health. Health is health.

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Blogging from A to Z Day 7: Getting a Life

G is for Getting a Life

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I’m late! 😦 Ugh, I am really trying so hard this month to keep up with this blogging challenge and everything that is involved with the end of my semester, but I had class this morning and then a paper to write and then an interview and then class again and now I’m late in my post for G. 😦

But interestingly, this actually fits right in with what I wanted to talk about today:

You know the phrase Get a Life? If you’re found saying or doing something seemingly useless or a waste of time, people tell you to “get a life,” as in, “get up off your butt and do something.”

Well, I went and got a life, and it is pretty darn tiring to manage. I have been so busy lately, really trying to balance all aspects of my life in the past month.

-Psychology research

-Applications and preparations for next semester.

-Every day school work.

-Maintaining friendships.

-MSA events.

-Keeping up with the exciting things happening in K-pop.

-Maintaining two blogs and preparing for this month of blogging every day.

-Personal and family stuff.

-Working.

-Setting actual deadlines for my writing for the first time in my life.

-Eating. Praying. Sleeping. Breathing.

It’s been insane. March, and now April, both feel like literally the busiest months of my life. On the plus side, I haven’t experienced a single moment of boredom in the past month. When my body isn’t physically going somewhere or doing something, my mind has been on the different things I’ve been needing to do – in only somewhat of an anxiety-inducing way.

The down side: little sleep and lots of getting sick. And being hours late with an A to Z post.

I like having things to do, because with each accomplishment I get a sense of joy, and with each prospective project I take on I get a tingle of excitement. However, with each item to add to the to-do list, I get a little anxiety. With every moment of cancelling with friends because of something I have to work on, I push them away little by little. With every night that I stay up just an hour later for finish an assignment because I’ve been blogging all day, I lose an hour of sleep.

Getting a life is great. I don’t miss my moments of boredom and uselessness at all. I just miss sleep. And not constantly having something I have to do.

To those of you older than me telling to me to just wait because it only gets better, I know.

I know.