I find that in the pursuit of “being healthy” we seem to lose the psychological goals that we set for ourselves. By psychological goals I mean the goals you set for your mind, for your well being, for your spirit.
Physical goals in pursuing “healthiness” (whatever your definition of that may be) can include:
- losing weight
- gaining muscle
- increase endurance
While psychological goals in pursuing healthiness may include:
- increased self esteem
- positive body image
- feeling “good”
These psychological goals are usually in the background of physical goals, they underline the very essence of why you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. For example: “By eating healthier I plan to lose weight and therefore increase my positive body image and my self esteem.”
The words in bold are not always said out loud, but they are there. They lurk deep within your ambitions, slowly carving your behavior and motivation.
Now onto my main point…
I was scrolling through my dash earlier today and I found a particularly interesting post about a fitblr’s anxiety when they had to eat at an “unhealthy” restaurant. They were completely distraught with the idea of ordering a salad while their entire family indulges.
Basically, I don’t think it’s right to have an anxiety attack over eating out with family. Even if you are on a strict nutritional diet, it’s not a bad idea to sit back and enjoy food and company. Your body can adjust after one meal that’s “outside of your plan”. All of your hard work will not go to waste. If you were consistent enough with your nutritional plan, one meal will not change anything.
I hate to see people suffer because of their dietary choices. Why make the choice if it’s just making your unhappy? You have to analyze your psychological goals behind your physical goals, and make your decisions then. A healthy diet choice should not be a stressful one. A healthy diet choice should not make you sad. A healthy diet choice should not make you throw a panic attack on the internet. A healthy diet is supposed to give you a happy mind and body, fueled by positive psychological goals.
My psychological goals include:
- positive body image
- supporting my local farmers
- scientific curiosity as to how my food affects my life
What are some of your psychological goals in becoming healthier?