What Motivates You To Live a Healthy Lifestyle?


Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about eating carrots and running up and down the stairs until you feel like fainting.

Well, at least that’s what I thought it was all about a few years ago. I envisioned hippie-like people living in the middle of nowhere, doing yoga, eating berries and nuts, and making funny green plant smoothie concoctions.  I didn’t get it…

I never thought I’d become one of those people.

But I did. Sort of. I make smoothies – but not any of that gross tasting weird stuff. I do yoga sometimes – but I don’t ummmm and aaaaah.  I went to a yoga class once and when the instructor did this I had to bite my lip and pinch myself until the pain overtook the overwhelming urge to giggle out loud.

Yesterday I was asked what motivates me to live a healthy lifestyle on Twitter.

Here’s what I said…

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I can’t get over what a difference eating certain foods, getting in a few minutes of exercise or just breathing does.

Yes, breathing…

My version of a quick meditation…

The other day I felt myself begin to lose it. I was irritated and stressed for some or other silly reason – I get wound up over little things sometimes – and forced myself to get out my yoga mat, close the door to the bedroom and just breathe for 5 minutes. Honestly, that’s all it took. Just a few minutes of breathing in for 7 seconds and out again for 7 seconds and I was good as new! Bad mood, anxiety, stress…GONE!

Starting the day right…

I did a little test last week. I worked out before starting work one morning and didn’t do any form of exercise the next day. Guess which day “everything” went wrong? I’ve heard the saying before that when you’re positive and feeling good, good things are attracted to you. It might sound silly, but it’s true for me. This morning I wasn’t in the mood for a full workout, so I just did a couple of stretches and some light cardio to music on TV.  So far so good…

Eating the good stuff…

Mini chocolate cake3Over the last few weeks I’ve been eating all kinds of comfort food. The winter cravings hit, big time. I made all kinds of white sauces (with tons of butter) and syrupy sweet sauces (with more butter AND caramel sugar) to go over veggies, pastas…you name it.  This was just about every night and I started feeling sluggish and yuk. Especially since most of those leftovers equaled a nice, big lunch the next day. Let’s not forget all those cake experiments I tried on Saturday with frosted icing. Oops. 

I think I need to make room for a few more little treats during the week, so I don’t go crazy over the weekends. (Plus, all those dishes afterward was NOT fun!)

My reasons for wanting to live a healthy lifestyle are to:

  • Feel more energetic
  • Not feel like I want to collapse after going up a few flights of stairs
  • Reel in the good stuff by feeling positive
  • Not feel so stressed out or depressed

What motivates you to want to live a healthy lifestyle?




6 Replies to “What Motivates You To Live a Healthy Lifestyle?”

  1. I think it’s true, the warmer weather gives more impetus to exercise. Thanks for sharing, Melanie!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      That it does! 😉

  2. This is an interesting post Melanie. I think our motivations can make a big difference to how well we are able to sustain healthy eating. Caffeine gives me headaches and makes me feel sick, so I have not had anything stronger than one or 2 cups of weak green tea in years. Yet, when people offer me coffee and I say I can’t drink it they often respond by saying, “Aren’t you good?” My avoidance has nothing to do with goodness and everything to do with not enjoying feeling sick and headachey! I suspect if I was avoiding it to try to be good I would find it much, much harder to resist. Recently I watched an interview with Louise Hay where she said that change is so much easier if it’s done with love rather than fear, and I agree.
    This is a thoughtful post on an important subject.
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      I know exactly what you mean, Yvonne. I drink decaf coffee…not because I want to be healthy or ‘good’ about it, but because caffeine causes me to get infections and problems with my stomach. I get comments like that often as well. That sounds like a great interview, change is easier when done with love! Thanks 😉

  3. So true about eating healthier in the warmer weather, because I always seem to be a few pounds lighter in the summertime months then in the fall and especially winter. But I know exactly what you mean and it is amazing how much better I feel when I do eat healthy and exercise, so I can very much relate on more levels then one here!!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Janine!

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