Hello Happy People or people who want to become happy people. I am a big fan of guest posts as I think you guess might get annoyed of my texts 😉 So, I am happy that my good friend Xenia from PowerPeakPassion was free to write this post about Happiness <3
When I was 17, I was often (too often) concerned about how I looked. It was the only thing that mattered to me – but who won’t look as good as all the beautiful women on the covers?
I wanted it so much that I mortified my body more than I cared and appreciated it. I gave myself a dozen prohibitions. You must not eat this, you must not do that… But I do not want to tell you all the things I did, it’s not what this blog post is about!
If I think back how many times I was dying of sorrow and how unhappy I was because of how I looked turns me off! That can’t be for real!
Most people put self-denial on a level with success – without any prohibitions, you can’t achieve a significant success! Is this really true? Is the only way to be happy to look good and therefore impose thousands of bans on itself? I hope not!!!
Yes, I write about sports, nutrition and the appearance. But it’s not just about the appearance and how you look. For sure – I still love having a sixpack – but I also made peace with my stocky legs (granted – not always the same every day but these days are becoming rarer). BUT, and this is really important to me: The six pack is only a nice side effect! It’s about how you feel in your own body if you nourish your body properly and if you work out regularly.
The six pack is only a side effect!
The best example in my personal story is my trip to the States. Before I started the road trip I had (once again) a dropout. I had the feeling that I need to lose some pounds before I go. The result of it: I had so many cravings that I ate way more than my body actually needed. And I don’t talk about too many vegetables or fruits I mean way too much B&J, chocolate and pizza… my training – horrible. Because of all the unhealthy food I felt tired and bloated. I wasn’t powerful during my sessions. The goal to lose some pounds before my vacations – failed. When we arrived in America I decided to jettison all my bans and started to eat and exercise “normal” (normal for me). The results of this decision – I was happy, I haven’t had any cravings (because I haven’t had any bans), I was on good terms with myself and the extra pounds disappeared.
It’s about being happy!
What I want to say with this post is, I firmly believe that nothing works if you aren’t happy. If you’re happy with your bans – “Go for it!“ – I am not.
For me there is absolutely no point in strict rules and prohibitions that reduce my/your „joie de vivre“. Life is too short to not be happy. Nourish your body so that it’s fun and you feel great. Find the kind of sport you love. Everything else makes no sense!