What does it mean to THRIVE?

Last week’s Wellness Wednesday post looked at what The Fit House defines as a Healthy Diet. This week we want to consider what it means to thrive.

To get the conversation started, Katie and I have agreed to do a bit of a transformation journey with you. We are both keen to help our bodies and our families thrive, and we want to help see the people and families in our community thrive. But what does that mean?

For starters, it means not being selfish, so I will let Katie go first. 🙂

Katie’s Story

My name is Katie, I’m a mum of two living in the village. Over recent years I’ve suffered from various health conditions including chronic asthma. Illness and motherhood do not mix so a year ago I began to seriously consider the way I treat my body, from the food that fuels me, how I exercise my body to ensuring I have “me time” so that my body is as healthy as it can be.

Another reason for reviewing my lifestyle was also to ensure I set a positive example to my children. From my background in early years education, I know just how important modelling behaviour is and my children watch closely what I do! Since I have begun to exercise and be kind to my body and mind, I can count on one hand the number of trips to the doctor I have had and I believe the start of my fitness journey has played a huge part in the change in my overall health and well-being.

Lisa’s Story

If we have had the privilege of meeting at the Bread House, you will likely know that I have a passion for healthy, tasty food. I also love seeing the joy on people’s faces when you know their name, serve them a cup full of love, or show kindness to their children. You will also have seen that I have let my wellness slide.

I have never desired to be super thin, but I do believe that being extremely overweight is not helpful when seeking to thrive. For me to thrive means being as fit and strong as my body can be empowering me to do the things I want to do. It also means nurturing and growing all areas of my life: my body, mind, spirit, and relationships.

I have wrestled with my health over the years and battled issues with hormone imbalances, thyroid issues, and food sensitivities. I know many of you can relate.

These challenges, however, have taught me a great deal about perseverance and given me a real heart for others who are also seeking to THRIVE. This is why I want to partner with people in our community to help and encourage one another as we all seek to thrive in life. It is why Katie and I both want to share our journey toward wellness and thriving, so we can encourage each other.

Will you join us? Share what it means to you to THRIVE.