I want to preface this entire post by saying I am not preaching or condemning those that make choices differently than mine. I am simply thinking out loud through my writing (Typing Out Loud). I have always found writing to be therapeutic and wish I could get back to doing so more often.
It has been scientifically proven that what you ingest becomes one with your body. Even common sense will tell you that. Does everything you ingest come out of you? No. Your body absorbs much of it. Sure our bodies are designed to emit waste which we do through sweat, urine, feces. That is why I do not follow the whole IIFYM theory.
As many of you know 2014 has been a year where I have intentionally dedicated to be a more healthy individual. Exercising regularly and eating better. Back to the IIFYM, I know many people that follow this ideology and they eat pies, candy, ice cream...well whatever they want so long as it fits within their daily macros. Those same individuals are fit and healthy and the evidence shows. However, I would rather eat some vegetables that contain "my macros" than putting in junk. Just my preference. The truth remains that we are what we eat. So those calories and nutrients are better off ,in my opinion, to come from healthy sustainable foods rather than the other.
When you are around individuals emotionally distraught or in a bad place it will creep into your own. I am not saying we should not be there as a support system for our friends and family. We just need to be aware of this and be sure we also have emotionally stable and sound individuals in our lives to feed our own emotions in a positive way. Other studies have shown that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Physically, emotionally, financially, etc. The list goes on.
What are you feeding your Spirit with? I am not coming at this section with the angle of preaching or pushing my beliefs on anyone. God gave us free will and our government has given us freedom of choice. Regardless of your Spiritual beliefs I still love you. However, I can say with the utmost confidence that when I am reading God's word and do so regularly there is a direct correlation with my mental and Spiritual place in that time period of my life. It is encouraging and it feeds my soul. The same lies true here that what we feed our Spirits with will be absorbed and it will grow our Spirits accordingly.
I realize this can tie closely with the emotional aspect of things. But we need to also feed our minds. I always enjoyed school (when it challenged me). I just recently took a two week training on Lean Six Sigma to work towards becoming certified as a Green Belt. It has been a while since I was in a classroom environment being loaded down with a plethora of information knowing a test would be coming soon. I actually loved it. I could feel my brain straining as it was being exercised in ways it had not been in far too long. I believe exercising our brains is as important as physical exercise.
This whole thing of you are what you eat can be applied to every aspect of our lives. My primary motivation is to better myself and dig my way out of the mess I created by poor choices earlier in my life. My son is the reason behind this. I have already missed out on so much of his life and I want to get to a place where I can see him more and build upon that relationship. Needless to say our relationship has suffered tremendously and he will be ten years old in just a few weeks.
I just wanted to share what was going through my mind this morning in hopes that it encourage someone out there and maybe even helps someone to reevaluate where they are in life and motivate them to make the necessary changes for the better. And to reiterate this was not to condemn or stir up guilt with anyone. I have not been feeding these areas of my life as well as I could have been the last few weeks, maybe even months. Some due to my current work schedule and some just tied to poor choices I have made.