WARNING VERY PERSONALLY OPINIONED POST!
I have been wanting to write this post for awhile now, but could not quite think of how to articulate it correctly. But sometimes you just have to put it out there.
Now, I know your first thought may be that as someone in the "Fitness" industry my opinion might be biased. But I know if you think that it is only because you don't know me. I like to think of what I do as more of a "healthful living suggestion giver". Yes the service my clients pay for is to guide them through physical activity, but I only do so after a sit down meeting where we talk about their goals and wants. I suggest what is realistic and healthy for the body and mind. I also advice every one of my clients on what a healthy weight is for them and refuse to train someone under that weight or body fat percentage. I often tell people that if they are looking for something other then a healthy way of living they may not want to employ me.
The thing that really gets me is all of this "fat vs skinny vs too fit". A truly healthy person comes in all shapes and sizes. Yes it takes work, No it should not over run your life. That is why it is called a "HEALTHY BALANCE"
Everyone's healthy balance is different. and guess what it looks different too!
We do not live in a world of absolutes. So when I see articles about people talking about being "FAT AND HAPPY" quite frankly IDGAF are you "FAT AND HEALTHY" because you can be, you can also be "THIN AND UNHEALTHY" forget the aesthetic aspect of that statement.
Ask yourself are you "HEALTHY AND HAPPY"?
Because if you are not healthy guess what you wont be happy for very long! Doesn't matter if your thin or fat.
I have known some of the thinnest unhealthy and unhappy people in the world... Shoot I have been there myself. And same goes the other way I have been fat and unhealthy too. Both sides were not very fun because I was unhealthy.
Be it mind or body when one isn't right you wont feel great for long. YOU GOTTA HAVE BOTH!
My weight fluctuates all the time, but I don't feel it, and honestly unless you are an overly critical person, which I don't need in my life, that doesn't define who I am to you. The key aspect is that I am healthy.
I don't focus on how I look fat or thin, because when I do it messes with who I am. So why do that to myself? I am the most balanced minded when I am being honest with myself about how I take care of myself. Am I doing to much or to little, am I eating to much or too little, most importantly
AM I TAKING CARE OF MY MIND AND MY BODY? TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE??
I like to believe that my clients, my friends, and my family, accept me and respect me because I am real myself and with them. I often have to tell my clients to relax and live a little because they start to fear having a little fun will ruin their progress. At the same time, I will be the first to say, yea this workout is hard because you are paying for that abundance of fun you had this weekend.
My Mental Suggestion for you:
When finding a healthy balance think of your body as a bank:
Income Resources: Physical activity and Healthy mindfulness
Tax: Based on effort put towards physical activity and internal resistance towards healthy mindfulness
Expenses: Unhealthy activities and Unhealthy mindfulness
So if your body is a bank and health is your currency it plays out rather simply:
Just like with any currency there is a tax, the more you add the higher the tax. When you do too much physical activity it is too taxing on you body. So you want to find your own comfortable tax bracket. Be mindful of taxing your body to depletion.
You use your currency by doing unhealthy activities, like not sleeping, working too much and having a unbalanced diet.
So what you want to do is build your health bank account without taxing to much and also without sending yourself into debt by doing unhealthy things all the time.
Keep in mind just like your actual financial situation is personal, unique and private to you, so is your health.
And once again quite frankly it is no one else's business unless you decide to share it with them.
Your HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH
and on one final note:
How you decide to display it is up to you!