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Good evening everyone! As you know, I recently asked for volunteers to do guest posts for me during this time of my recovery to change things up a bit and allow some smart, beautiful ladies to share some of their brilliant knowledge and insights with you! I will be back tomorrow with regularly scheduled blogging with a recap of my eats for the day. The first guest post is brought to you by Tina from Faith, Fitness, & Fun (thank you Tina!). Enjoy!

 

Hello to all of you Process of Healing readers! My name is Tina, author of the blog Faith, Fitness, & Fun, and I am very excited to be sharing a guest post with all of you. I think Jessica is great and was eager to help a friend out when she requested guest posters during her recovery time. For my guest post, I am going to share my basic ideology of what really makes up true health. So, let’s get cracking!

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What do you think of when you think of health? Is it being a runner? Being a vegetarian? Doing lots of yoga? Never eating anything processed? Spending lots of time in the gym working on your fitness? Spending lots of time in the kitchen whipping up some nutritious meals? What is “health” to you? In my opinion, it is so much more than eating right and being active. I find that true health involves 3 basic components. I bet you can’t guess what they are. 😉 Oh, wait, you did? I guess my blog title kind of gives it away, huh? Or you’re all geniuses. We’ll go with that. Jessica’s readers = A-game people! Faith, Fitness, and Fun are the three ideals I try to live by and incorporate into my life for what I consider true health.

Component One – Faith: Many people don’t think of faith as a key component of fitness. But I can tell you that I have gone the gamut from a binger to competing in fitness competitions.

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And you know when I feel healthiest? It is only when I am most in tune with my faith. I do not believe in getting preachy, and while I will stand by my belief that Jesus is my savior and openly share about it on my blog, I know that each person has their own beliefs. My point here is there is something so much more to life than counting calories and logging running hours. If we can tap into that and get connected to something on a larger level, our perspectives on how we relate to ourselves and others will change. And for the better. When I consider what God has done for me, I want to honor my body. I want to treat it with respect. I want to listen to my needs, hunger cues, strengths, and weaknesses. By desiring to honor myself as part of something of creation, I am more inclined to follow through with healthful actions. Also, nothing can compare to the peace and joy a life of faith in something brings. And we all know that stress is harmful to health, so finding joy in faith can only be good. 😉

Component Two – Fitness: This is where I could go on for years. Well, I could go on for years in any topic, but we won’t go there. This is the part about workouts and nutrition. My basic philosophy here is to do what works for you. Do what you love. Choose wholesome foods as often as possible, but don’t feel guilty for eating some Oreo Truffles either. *cough cough* If you like a vegetarian diet, go for it. If you like meat, go for it. Make choices that leave you feeling good and you will reach a natural level of health. Because health feels good and your choices will eventually go the nutritious route naturally. I firmly believe in intuitive eating and loving exercise. If I had my way, there would be no focus on the scale, clothing size, or comparison to others. It would always be about taking each day to strive to be your best and approaching life with balance and moderation. Fitness is not about this….

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….it’s about making the best decisions that work for YOU and being confident in them.

Component Three – Fun: Take time to live life! The relationships and opportunities we have should be cherished and enjoyed. No one reaches their death bed and thinks “if only I had weighed 10 lbs lighter, had flatter abs, and a tighter butt”. People do reach their death beds with regrets related to missed opportunities and failed relationships. Don’t be one of them. Mental and emotional health is just as, if not more, important than physical health. Live life to the fullest and have fun!

If you enjoy my three key components to health, or already apply them to your own life, I would love to see you around my blog. Thanks for reading! J

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