• Chantal Porter

Health and Wellness-My Fitness Journey

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

We live in a time when the world is a melting pot of ideas and beliefs. People openly share their views on beauty, fashion, diets, travel, spirituality and whatever else. Trends develop and disappear quite quickly, and we feel led to follow them. I confess that I have been guilty of trying to keep up with the multitude of paradigm shifts in our community. I've been a part of the sew-in gang, pixie cut club, wig squad, and I am now a part of the baldie revolution (keeping up is exhausting, but it isn't all bad). Nevertheless my overall goal today is to share a few details about my fitness journey with you. I have never been diagnosed with obesity but I have been overweight for my height during different periods of my life. My wish for myself and you my loyal readers is that you will find your purpose, experience true happiness, and live long healthy lives.

What is Wellness?

UC Davis describes wellness as the 'active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.'

Difference between Health and Wellness?

According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In other words, your health is about much more than physical ailments — it's about emotional and social fitness, too.

My overall Health and Wellness journey has been an interesting one. Here's the synopsis!

Weight gain/Weight loss History

Over the years, I have struggled with my weight. I was a skinny child growing up, but I gained weight in high school. When I finally noticed, I became so insecure about my stomach area and tried as much as possible to hide myself. I lost the weight that I had gained when I started College but was still not pleased. I fat shamed myself every time I looked in the mirror and this damaged my self-esteem.

During my time at University, I was still not confident about my body. I struggled with my eating habits, and I never made time for exercise. In my final year, however, I decided to do routine exercises every day and give my body a chance. I was so happy with the results that I got, but by the time I graduated my body changed again. I gained even more weight when I joined the corporate society, and I was angry with myself.

Life Lesson:

It took years of gaining weight and losing weight to realize for me to learn this very important lesson.

Lesson: 'I do not need to be anyone else but myself. '

Don't be so hard on yourself :-)

The different phases of your life made you into the person that you are today, accept this with gratitude. Ultimately, becoming a better version of yourself is your responsibility. Stay in your lane and grow with the changes that happen in your life. I am still learning this, and I can't lie, it's been a struggle.

My fitness journey has been a roller-coaster. I have finally decided however that fad diets won't provide long term results, neither will comparing myself to every other "hot bod" that I see on the Internet. It is important that you learn how to stop comparing yourself to others if you want to be successful at anything. Since the start of the year, I have been trying a more holistic approach to fitness. instead of looking at fitness as an abstract concept I am more focused on Health and Wellness on a whole. I still have dreams of a flat stomach, but I am now able to love myself with or without it.

Here's the plan that I've been following since the start of 2019.

1. I exercise minimum 5 days per week.

2. I consume less sugar.

3. I engage in more activities that help me to reduce my stress level.

4. I drink water everyday (some days I slip up though)

My friends, don't lose hope! Stay on the course...

"Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution." - Albert Einstein

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