Starting My Health Journey


It’s time for me to make a change…

Sometimes you take a look at yourself and realise that the way you live needs to change. Well, that’s what happened to me anyway. I realised that there are many things I am unsatisfied with the way I currently live my life- and whilst I haven’t been satisfied with them for a while, I’ve always been so sure that I couldn’t change anything that I allowed myself to stay stuck in my ways.

With the rise of the ‘that girl’ and ‘clean girl’ trends going around on social media, I became an avid fan. I love the idea of being able to have an organised, healthy lifestyle but as I sat on my bed looking around at my messy bedroom, I got disheartened. Those TikTok girls just weren’t me.

But then I thought, why couldn’t that be me?

Smoothie from Unsplash

There is one thing I want to make clear. Wanting to be like these girls isn’t me thinking I’m not good enough, or skinny enough, or perfect enough etc. That isn’t the (toxic and unreachable) goal here. What I want is the essence of these videos. Things like being in control of their lives, living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly etc. Those are what the videos made me want for myself.

Those who know me or have followed me for a while know that I live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Only a few months ago I had to stop work because I couldn’t handle it, so a healthy lifestyle change was so far from my mind. But thanks to me taking some time to focus on improving how I manage my illness, I’ve gotten to a place where I can not only work properly again, but also where I can think about making these lifestyle changes.

So, what’s the plan?

Doing a dramatic lifestyle change isn’t something that is going to easily happen overnight (trust me I’ve tried the short term approach…). It is something that is going to take considerable time and effort. Sustainable change is something that builds up within you. You can’t play a beautiful Sonata without first putting hours of practice into your instrument, no?

The same goes for lifestyle. You can’t create this wonderful, vibrant lifestyle without first putting in the effort to get the foundation correct.

Image from Unsplash

So, what sort of things will I be aiming to do in my big ol’ lifestyle change?

Here’s the list:

  • Create and stick to a morning routine
  • Eat healthier
  • Come down to a healthier weight
  • Exercise (min) 3 times a week
  • Organise the space around me
  • Focus more of my time on wellness and mindfulness
  • Make more time for the things I enjoy

I’ll be going into what I’ll be doing to achieve all these goals in a (near)future blog post (so make sure to subscribe to get updated!) but for now, I want to go more into the why of what I’m doing.

Salad: Unsplash

What I want to gain.

Being healthy for healthy’s sake is great and a reason enough in itself but there are definitely reasons for me deciding to take this leap.

Chronic Fatigue Management

One of my main reasons is further managing my CFS. Whilst diet and exercise are not cures for chronic illnesses, the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle should transfer over to other aspects of my body- including my condition.
The better a grasp I have on it, the more things I can do in my life unencumbered by symptoms or even the fear of symptoms.

More Energy

Similar to the above, I believe this lifestyle change will help me have a higher energy baseline- meaning I can get more done and do more higher-energy activities throughout the day.

Looking Better

Quick preface to this- all bodies are beautiful and we should all love ourselves exactly as we are. Whilst I am a big promoter of body positivity, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with wanting to look healthier- which in my case will involve losing some weight. You can definitely be curvy and healthy too but for my own personal journey, the outer benefits are a goal too, as well as the (slightly more important) inner benefits.

Creating Lifelong Habits

I’ve used the word sustainable a few times in this article already because it represents the sort of changes I want to make. Short term fad diets may work in the short term but once they end, it is so easy to slip back into old habits (see: me and keto). The changes I am working towards now as 23, are changes that I want to last my whole life!

Journal: Unsplash

5 Social Accounts Inspiring Me Right Now

Earlier I mentioned seeing videos on social media that started me off wanting to make a lifestyle change. I thought I’d share 5 accounts that are providing me with the inspirational and motivation to make these changes.

1. @honeybobabear

I love Honeybobabear. Her organisation videos combined with her bubbly personality make me want to rearrange my entire life until it looks as aesthetic as her Starbucks cup collection. You can check her out here as she organises her bedroom! P.S. I want to be her best friend ngl

2. @journalnicky

Fellow Bullet Journal lovers will enjoy journalnicky just as much as I do! Her journal page designs are the perfect inspiration for your planners. Check her out here.

3. @kaylieestewart

Kaylie Stewart is ultimate #thatgirl goals. We’re taking morning routine, healthy living, workouts- the works. She always makes sure to emphasise doing all these things for you and not for anyone else which is one of the reasons I love following her. Check her TikTok out here!

4. @thehomeedit

OK so whilst I know I discovered these guys from their Netflix show and not on socials, their socials still slap and are always #goals so they make the list. Clea and Joanna are the ultimate organisation queens and I kinda dream about them coming to organise my life, they let me stay and help, we become besties (including Sumner because she rocks) and I start the UK chapter of The Home Edit. You can check out their unreal space transformations here and also on their Netflix Show: Get Organised with The Home Edit.

5. @miriam.gin1

Miriam’s TikTok is full of amazing amazon finds that are meant to make life so much easier! She collects amazingly handy items for all over the home that fit both form and function! You can find her videos here.

Let’s get started.

It’s time to stop talking the talk and time to walk the walk. Walking is enough for now though because I still hate running :P.
I’ve just finished my smoothie and now I’m off to do a workout so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more updates on my health journey and my next article going into more details of how I’m conducting all the changes.

Charlotte x

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