MUSE LIFE: Pursuit of Well-Being
Andria Lavine is a business owner and full-time professional photographer. Her yoga practice and plant-based lifestyle has allowed her to accomplish growth in her business, health, family & spirituality. After winning & being acknowledged internationally for participating in yoga practices & challenges, we noticed Andria for making huge strides to healthier living & personal growth. Here are some of her tips for those pursuing a major lifestyle change:
Living a healthy lifestyle is a journey when it comes to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It takes a lot of growth & adaptability to be mindful about every day habits which means that big or dramatic changes will not occur overnight, but instead over a gradual amount of time. There are no magic pills or overnight successes in committing to healthier living. Here are some actionable steps to help you along in your journey:
Decide to DO and stay committed.
Create long-term goals and take small steps toward them one day at a time. While doing so you'll be able to take action in the form of small digestible bites. Success over small goals, leads to larger successes. And that serves as a reminder that over time, every small step you take is a step closer to your ultimate goals.
Example: If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, focus on achieving the first 5-10. Make healthier choices, like choosing a whole food snack instead of a processed (packaged) snack.
Give yourself grace.
There will be days (and sometimes weeks) that you will feel unstoppable and then a hectic day or a series of days of craziness could knock the cool right out of you! Don't let your progress be derailed - give yourself grace. Understand that in this journey, days like this will happen, but if you remind yourself that it's ok to make mistakes you will have the power to get back on track! This is a lifestyle. Your commitment to small changes over time become the foundation for permanent lifestyle changes.
Don't rely on gimmicks, fads, or trends. Do research to make educated decisions about your health and wellness. Trust that your body will tell you what you are doing right and what needs to change.
Don't be alarmed by all the new things you will learn about yourself along the way. You will discover new things like just how strong you are, how certain habits hold you back from progress & learning along the way about what you can or cannot handle is one of the best educational experiences in this journey.
Begin by asking yourself key questions like: What kind of exercise do you like? Do you need accountability partners? Do you need a personal trainer or nutritionist to keep you on task? Are you self-motivated or do you need community support? Take a look at your past successes and failures (Note: Failure is not a bad thing as long as your learn from it). What worked & What didn't?
Personally speaking, I've been a student athlete, a "gym rat", absorber of fitness magazine information, client to a nutritionist, member of a weight loss group, etc. Since I started practicing yoga while eating a plant based diet, I found in this stage of my journey, that thinking about who I am, what I like & what has or hasn't worked helps me be more understanding that it may not work for others.
Choose one thing toward a new goal & DO IT.
Substitute a whole food snack (apple, banana, carrots, etc) for one of the salty or sweet snacks you usually have each day. Decide to walk every other day for 10 minutes. Take 5 minutes first thing in the morning to meditate or 5 minutes at the end of your day to write down what you are grateful for. What you will notice is that these changes become habits. Habits that become the foundations to more healthy foods in your diet (as in what you nourish yourself with), more frequent or longer walks, longer meditations, a more joyful disposition. Take note of that progress, you will need that encouragement for the days when you fall off the horse!