Living a Healthy Life: The First Step

The first step to living a healthy life is to eliminate the negative.

When negativity surrounds you, it is no wonder that you aren’t leading a happy, healthy life. If you eat a perfect diet and exercise daily, but are surrounded by negative things, you will not be healthy. Stress can really take a toll on the body.

There is, obviously, no way to eliminate all of the negative things out of your life. There are some circumstances that you just can’t control. You can’t control other people and you can’t control things that happen. You  have to take control of the things that you ARE able to take control of.

Today, for example, I was told this: “When you grow up, you’re going to regret all this working out shit and wish you did more in life” 

It’s funny how one person can perceive my life. This “working out shit” is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, so screw those who think otherwise 😀

Tips for Eliminating the Negativity and Attracting the Positivity

1. Surround yourself with positive people that support you.

2. Believe in what you are doing and do it with your heart.

3. Turn your negatives into a positive. If someone makes a rude remark to you, turn it into a way to fuel your fire to get better.

I can’t tell you how many people have done nothing but try to drag me down. Since I’ve gotten into competing and fitness in general, I’ve had to give up a lot of things. I turn down social events, and I put sleep and training as a priority. This might seem selfish or extreme, but it’s my CHOICE. I CHOOSE to live like this and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. This doesn’t mean that I have no social life. I still hang out with friends and go out on occasion. Last summer when I competed I went out almost every weekend, but lately I just don’t feel like it. Like I said, I’m living my life the way that I choose to and not allowing others to let me feel guilty for it. Why do I choose this? If I don’t get enough sleep, my training suffers. If my training suffers, I’m not working to my potential. It’s as simple as that, and this is my passion so I’m following it. Maybe someday it won’t be (doubt it) but if that’s the case, then I’ll switch gears and do what I want to do then.

I spent years doing what OTHER people wanted. I was a total pushover and put everyone else before me. I’ve changed gears and I try to live my life for ME. I still go out of my way for people I care about and would do anything to help people. Helping people is one of the greatest rewards in life and I find a lot of satisfaction in helping others. I just also know when to say no. Those who don’t accept me, aren’t worth having around. I have lost a lot of friends over the past years, but I have gained so many new ones that appreciate, support and understand me. I also still have those that have stuck by my side throughout my transformations in life and you better believe I appreciate the hell out of those people. THOSE are good friends. THOSE are the people that you want to keep around.

I used to live in a little box(not literally ;-)). I didn’t want to try new things, I just did what I was doing. I also had bad anxiety that kept me from doing things that seemed cool. I  just stuck to my routine. Now, I try new things. If i don’t like them, i don’t do them. Simple as that. People can criticize me for that, but I have experienced more things than most. Both good and bad, and I think it’s a great way to live. You have one life, why not try something new? If you hate it, then don’t do it. There are no contracts in trying something out! I wish more people would understand that.

In a nutshell: Learn who is there to support you in life and find out who is going to be against you and try to drag you down. As I posted on Facebook yesterday…..

There will always be people who support you and people who are against you. Instead of fighting those who are against you, use that effort to make time for those who support you. If you surround yourself with happiness and positivity, it is inevitable that your life will become just that.

The ups and downs that come along with the lifestyle I now lead are worth it. There are times in your life when you just know it’s the right thing to do. Since embarking on this journey 3 years ago, I’ve never been so sure that I am on the correct path in my life.



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