I talk a lot about weight loss on this site and its relation to health and fitness. It’s not that I think weight loss is the most important aspect of fitness, it’s just because that’s the topic most people are seeking out information for, and it’s the topic I know will help the most people transform their lives.
What Fitness is Really About
However, weight loss is just a small aspect of fitness, and in actuality, is just a side-effect of living a healthy lifestyle. The true meaning of fitness and what it means to me? It means taking back control of your body. It’s about owning yourself. It’s about practicing self-control and feeling powerful.
They call it a weight loss journey for a reason. It’s a time for self reflection. The closer you come to reaching your weight loss goal, the less you care about losing weight. Instead, your goal changes to wanting to be fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. As you drop the pounds, you start making new connections in your brain and epiphany moments begin popping up left and right. These “ah-ha” moments create real change, and solidify you in your new healthy lifestyle.
You discover the cause and effect of your unhealthy behaviors, and you’re able to rewire your brain so that it no longer happens. Instead of just knowing you shouldn’t do something because it’s bad for you, you learn why it’s bad for you and why you make those unhealthy decisions in the first place. You become your own therapist. With that complete understanding of how you function in that situation, you’re able to take the right steps to change your behavior for good. You just taught yourself self-control, and you feel empowered as a result.
It’s a Mentality
Being fit and healthy is a mentality, not a look. The look is a side effect of the way you think. Change your thoughts and you will change your body. Don’t beat yourself up over your failures. You will fail. We all do. Use them as a means to learn about yourself and build yourself up stronger for the next challenge. Each time you break through those barriers, you become more confident in yourself. You’ve made another step in the right direction. You’ve made progress. You won.
This new mentality doesn’t just function in the health and fitness aspects of your life either. Those same concepts that you learned are applied to other areas of your life. You didn’t just learn how to lose weight. You learned how to change. You learned how to control your behavior. You took back your power from your mind and now you’re ready to take on the world.
You’re a Winner
The true meaning of fitness? It’s not losing weight or running faster or being stronger. It’s about smiling and knowing that you took a stand against your self-sabotaging behavior, and won. You’re a winner. You accomplished what millions of other people are struggling with every day – the desire to truly own yourself, both mentally and physically.
If you are in the middle of your journey, be strong and love yourself, for you are well on your way to freeing yourself of the shackles that have held you back all your life. Take a deep breath and continue on. Push through the challenges. Be confident that you have what it takes to own yourself. Be proud of yourself. Be your biggest cheerleader. You deserve to have it all.