Find your balance

Health,4 September 2018

I often get questions about how I stay in shape, what I eat, how often and how much I eat along the day. I also get questions about my height and weight. When I gave my followers the opportunity to ask me anything on Instagram a couple weeks back, these questions regarding weight control kept popping up. In this post, I want to explain myself a bit on why I simply can’t answer these questions.

I never answer any questions about my weight, body size or what I eat in a week because I feel I have a responsibility.  It’s not because I want to keep this information from you, but because there is absolutely no point of sharing this information. I am me and you are you. One person is unique. There is only one of me and only one of you, therefore we all differ. That’s the best thing about the humankind I think, but it’s also rather tricky. We never know exactly what others think or how they function, but we can try to learn and understand, but we can’t copy and paste.

Just because one way of living works or doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean another person experiences it the same. I don’t want anyone to try to mimic me since I’m unsure of how that person will react. I try to eat food that makes me feel good and that I like. There is no one way fits all. If there was, I’d love to know what that is since I guess we all just try to do the right thing- for us. If I would tell you exactly what I ate today or share a one-week food diary it would mean nothing, because every day, week, month and year is different, and every person is different. We all react differently, feel differently and live different lives. I’d never want anyone to eat something that doesn’t work for them because of me, and I’d never want anyone to feel bad about how they roll because of me. I’m just doing what I can to feel good and I can only advice you to do the same for you.

There are so many people struggling with weight and eating in general. So, I don’t think sharing weight control tips over the internet is such a good idea anymore. I believe in individuality and trying to achieve health. Both mentally and then physically. No one can tell if someone is healthy based on social media. If you have problems with your weight or issues around food, my advice is to take it seriously and seek professional help. Unhealthy is unhealthy. Every illness should be taken seriously, and no illness is more shameful than the other. I really wish everyone could realize that. Illness is out of our control, but we can all do our best and ask for help if we need it.

If you don’t have a problem, my suggestion is you continue doing your thing, because that is what we all try to achieve, right? A healthy body and mind. It’s a balance to cherish if you have it. Try to accept that unless you are unhealthy (aka ill) losing our gaining a kilo here and there won’t make us any happier. However, there is absolutely no shame in wanting to be the best version of yourself, but don’t expect happiness to come as a bonus.  

Pictures by Janita Autio

May today be a better day

Fashion,Health,personal,20 August 2018

I couldn’t get out of bed this morning. I just couldn’t. I did my morning rituals with he kids as usual, but I was still sleeping inside my head. As soon as I got the chance, I took a one-hour nap. I can’t stand this feeling. Although, I know it’s my headache medication that makes me feel this drained.

I believe in the power of the mind, therefore I decided to do everything I can to switch this day around and the energy I woke up with today.

When I feel down in one way or another I try to remind myself of who I usually am. What kind of thoughts I usually think, how I act, how I tackle difficulties, what affect me and what not. Then I try to be like that. I try to mimic my usual self to trick myself into a more positive minded and better me.

People. The right kind of people is the best medication for a grey mood. People who inspire, support and cheer for you. Today for example, is a day when all I’d like to do is to be alone. Instead, I opened my calendar and decided to check off my most important work tasks of the week together with people I love working with. I feel energized just of the thought of it!

Stick to your routine. Get up, shower, eat what you usually eat and try to find your way back on track regarding everything. Pretend like it’s a totally normal day and help your thoughts back to where you want them to be when they try to escape.

This being said, being in a different mood than the most happy and glorious self is totally normal and fine, but sometimes we don’t have the opportunity to stop and shut down. Especially not us who have children. This doesn’t mean we should ignore our feelings but try to use the power of our own mind to turn our day around and be more positive- for our own best.

Pictures by Janita Autio