Passions other than Fitness & Food

July 31, 2017 in Recovery

I was thinking about this the other day. My passions other than fitness and food. And boy do I have a lot. But the thing is, there was a time where fitness and food was all I had and cared about.

If your workouts and the food you eat is the most important thing in your life, I really advise you to take a step back and reevaluate things a bit. First off, there is so much more to the foods we eat and the workouts we do. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it. At the end of the day no one cares if you drank a green juice and ran five miles. Your character and the energy you bring into the world is far more important.

If you can’t find anything you really love besides working out and going to Whole Foods, I would take that as a red flag for yourself to explore other hobbies and activities. I’m tired of fitness and food becoming such an obsession for people. Sure, there is nothing wrong with working out and eating a salad but that should not be the only thing you care about.

How can you dive deeper than your gym workouts and logging every macro into your phone?

-> Step outside yourself. Go volunteer. Go help out a friend or a family member. Serve others. It does wonders for your soul.

-> Follow people on Instagram who do not just post their workouts and food all the time. Find a good quote page, a new writer, a funny dog page. There’s so much out there besides fitstagrams. And it’s really refreshing to log onto Instagram and not have your entire page be someone flexing.

-> Try a new hobby. Coloring, journaling, reading, knitting, playing an instrument. Anything. Try something new and different. Broaden your horizons. I promise you there are things out there for you that you will love besides the gym.

-> Take a break from your scheduled workouts and move your body in a different way. Hike. Walk. Ride your bike. Do yoga. Swim.

-> Connect with something bigger than yourself. Whether you are spiritual or religious, spend time connecting to that higher power. Go be alone and nature and pray. Open your Bible. Spend time with that greater power.

-> Spend more time with friends. Don’t cancel plans with friends because of a workout or because you want to stay home and cook your own dinner. That is first off disordered and secondly feeding into the obsession with food and fitness. Go out with your friends, experience the true beauty that human connection is, and have fun. Keep these bonds with friends tight.

->Journey, adventure. Remove your doors and layers. 7531871ae6f2bc989dc291b8b73cfd40.jpg

-> One last important quote:

“find the place
your flowers grow tallest,
and water yourself there.

follow your passions
like bees to nectar,
meet your truth
in the things you love.”

Now tell me: 

What are some of the things you are passionate about besides food and fitness?

alllll the love <3


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  • Reply Stephanie July 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I soooo agree with this my dear! I also think that what ever you do you don’t have to be the greatest at your endeavor, just have fun!! Love you my dearest!

    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

      love youuuuuuu. let’s enjoy the journey baby

  • Reply Emily July 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    LOVE this. I love seeing the passion God has given you for serving and being out with friends Lyss. Some of my other passions besides fitness and food include writing, doing Bible time with my family, prayer times, watching movies together, being with my dogs, and just being outside.

    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

      thanks so much em! passions are a gift

  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing August 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I love this post!! I often feel that I need to take a step back and focus on the other things I love that don’t involve food/exercise. Hope you have a great Tuesday 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

      thank you so much marina!

  • Reply kat August 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    While fitness and nutrition is a HUGE love of mine, I definitely agree with you! That can’t be all you have in life – it’s just not healthy, regardless of what you tell yourself! Life is about so much more than the food we put into our bodies and the calories we burn off of it – finding passions, loves and hobbies was actually one of my favorite parts about recovery. It really helped me to learn more about who I really was.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 2:05 am

      exactlY! We need other passions and things we love. and you are so right- these other hobbies are part of the journey of recovery
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  • Reply Sarah August 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

    As always, great post that definitely got me thinking. One passion that I am looking forward to having more time to devote to now that I have some more free time on the weekends is horseback riding and just hanging out at the barn. Horses have always been my passion and being at the barn just always makes me feel so happy and blessed.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 2:05 am

      I remember you telling me how much you loved horseback riding and being with your horse. I’m so happy you’re going to devote more time for that <3

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar August 2, 2017 at 3:49 am

    This is one of my favorite posts from you in a long time. I’ve been actually making a point to do this on my Instagram–to show my life, in all its entirety, from books to board games–rather than just what I’ve been eating. I think that’s especially an important reminder to folks in recovery; there is life beyond obsession with food! (And yes, anyone can get there in time.)
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    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 2:06 am

      that means so so much to me. and exactly girl… so much behind the obsession with food.

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 5, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Love love loveeee this!

    I am passionate about a lot of things other than food and fitness! God, working with kids in foster care, reading, playing puzzles and board games, entertaining friends, interior decorating, the list goes on and on!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 2:07 am

      ah I love that you help those in foster care.. that is so amazing Kristy

  • Reply Melanie August 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This is so important to talk about! I have had times in my life where all I focused on was food and working out. I’m so glad I have started to find a deeper and more meaningful purpose in life… God has been a huge part of that. Some of my passions outside of food/fitness are my faith, working with kids, animals and volunteering. Thanks so much for sharing Alyssa!!!

  • Reply Alyssa August 7, 2017 at 2:08 am

    animals bring me so much happiness too. God/spirituality is important as well. And yes to volunteering!! xoxo

  • Reply Brian August 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hey, yeah it’s great to have some other passion than fitness! Being fit is important indeed, but it’s not everything in life.
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  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This is so very important, and you stated it all so well, Lyss. Life is rich and beautiful. We ought to go explore it as much as we are able. ♥︎
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