I’ve been blogging for just over 4 and a half years and recently it occurred to me just how much my view of what ‘healthy’ means, has changed. When I first started blogging fresh from losing over 40lbs in weight, I didn’t really think about health that much. That might sound mad, but at the time my focus was more on being slim. In fact way back then the name of this blog was Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish. It took me a good few months before I started to see health as being far more important than being slim ironically, at about the same time I started to take my pursuit of ‘health’ to an extreme. I went from a place where my exercise was a couple of days at the gym and Davina DVD’s with muesli for breakfast, to running, working out 6 or more times a week and a vegan diet. I lost more weight, but ended up further from ‘healthy’ than I’d even been at my heaviest. That was not due to the food I was eating, being a vegan or even the exercise, but my obsessive mind set. It was around this point in time that I started to see how healthy was way more than just what you ate and how much you exercised. I also started to understand how an approach can work for one person, but the very same approach can lead to less than great results in someone else.
I started my study to become a health coach, and my understanding and appreciation of what health truly is became clearer and clearer every day. I even felt the need to write it all down in my Alternative Healthy Living Manifesto which you can get hold of when you sign up for my email updates.
More recently, I’ve come to see just how expansive health really is. It is so much more than just food and exercise. It’s your thoughts, how you feel about your body, how you express yourself, your style, your environment and what you put on your skin. It’s whether or not the job you do makes you happy, your stress levels, quality of sleep, your relationships and your finances. Yes, food and exercise are really important, but to me, health is a culmination of all of those things. No amount of kale or marathon running is going to make you truly healthy if you are missing a big piece of the picture somewhere else ♥
That being said, it’s not about being perfect in every area of your life. It’s about seeing things as a whole that matters, and understanding how all these areas impact on your health and ultimately your happiness, contentment and generally how fabulous you feel! That is what health is to me anyway. It’s a state of being that enables me to live my life to the fullest and follow my passions. I certainly wasn’t living life to the fullest a few years ago, and I wasn’t happy. Now I might be a good few pounds heavier (pregnancy aside), but I’m a damn lot happier and more fulfilled when I’m not second guessing everything I put into my mouth.
I’m very passionate about what healthy means to me, especially now I understand the interplay of the different areas of life and how they come together to achieve health. As I said, for me it’s seeing things as a whole and living life with passion, together you could maybe say looking at things wholeheartedly.
I realised a couple of months ago that I’ve been pretty much in a constant state of flux and change since I started writing Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, I truly am a different woman to the one that started writing this blog. I’m also on the cusp of yet another huge change as we welcome our new baby into the world in the next few months.
It is time for a change, a change that reflects who I am now, my view of what ‘healthy’ really is and my future plans. Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish as a name for this blog just doesn’t seem to fit me anymore, just like my old size 18 bootcut pants or the size 8 pair of skinny jeans I gave to the charity shop! It’s time to clear out my virtual wardrobe. I love writing this blog, something I hope comes across with every post and I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting and joining me on this journey of mine. But even if it was just my Mam, Dad and Aunt reading, I would still blog. I need a place to pour my thoughts and ideas into the world and I can’t imagine life without it. Right now, I feel it needs a wardrobe update, some fancy new clothes that suit me and my new shape better.
So in the next week or so, if all goes according to plan, Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish will be undergoing a Dr Who like regeneration into Wholeheartedly Healthy!
I am so totally nervous but excited about revealing this to you! That may or may not be the final new logo, we shall have to see! It’s mega scary to change something like this when I’ve been blogging under a name for so long, but change has to come, and as I said, Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish doesn’t feel like the right fit for me any longer. Obviously I’m still all about the healthy and the style, but I feel that I blog about a much wider range of areas, all of which link in to that wholehearted view of health.
I thought long and hard about a new name, and the complexities of such like domain names etc, but when Wholeheartedly Healthy came into my head I got the goosebumps and it instantly felt right, just as Uniquely Healthy as a name for my business did. I did think about using Uniquely Healthy here, but it still didn’t feel like quite the right fit for the blog and I feel like that is much more the perfect name for my 1-2-1 coaching work. I feel like Wholeheartedly Healthy is a name I can stick with for a very long time, after all I came up with Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish in about 5 minutes 4 and a half years ago when this blog was little more than an online food diary!
The content of what I blog about isn’t going to change dramatically, it has evolved organically over the years reflecting my changes as a person, and because I ultimately blog from my heart, that is always going to be the case. Some people would say that successful blogs stick to a focused topic, but as much as blogging has become part of my business it is still a personal blog and I never want that to change. So I’ll be continuing to blog about all sorts of stuff linked to my wholehearted view of health and my own personal journey. Of course I’ve been blogging about my pregnancy, and will continue to post about life as a new Mama too as well as throwing in a few blogging and business related posts due to popular demand! I might have to reduce down the number of posts I publish each week, but what I hope to lose in quantity I hope to gain in quality. I’m also planning new email updates, more free downloadable pdf resources and new and much improved versions of the Super Conscious Living Programme and 12 Weeks to Feeling Fabulous Course.
Argh, this is all so scary, I hope you guys are able to stick with me! What do you think of the new name? I am nuts to change it after all this time? What does ‘healthy’ mean to you?