True Health is More than Skin Deep

By Rachel Cicigline, Guest Contributor

I need to lose an extra 2o pounds.  Alright, maybe 15 pounds.  Yes, 15 pounds.  If I lose 10 pounds, it’s not enough, but if I lose 20 pounds, I might look too thin.

How many of you have had the above conversation with yourself; or at least something very similar to it?  I know I have – a considerable amount of times.

Losing weight.  Sigh.  It is a common goal in society; however, it is also extremely easy (and excruciatingly frustrating) to get wrapped up in numbers.   The problem here is that numbers fluctuate because they are tiny details in a much bigger picture.

Think of it this way:  The numbers on the scale are like leaves on a tree.  Every year, we grow new leaves, while shedding the old leaves that served their purpose.  Some leaves die and never come back.  Some leaves drop and get re-absorbed into the earth to grow new, better leaves. 

So what’s the bigger picture then, you ask?

The tree.

Our body is the tree that sprouts those beautiful leaves.  Just like a tree, our body needs the proper elements to grow and thrive in order to proceed through a healthy cycle.   

The three most important elements of growing a healthy tree are:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Water
  • Sunlight

Just like the tree, our body needs proper nutrition, water, and “sunlight.”  I don’t mean just good ol’ Vitamin D-type sunlight; I mean self-love.  

In our world today, the ego is an herbicide.  The more ego we use when we aren’t satisfied with the way our leaves look, how they fall, how they grow, or when they change, determines the livelihood of our growing, healthy tree.

It doesn’t matter what process or change your leaves might be in right now; what really matters is that you are doing your best to take care of your roots, so that the health of your tree is excellent.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • Focus on your own tree, not the colors, shapes, or sizes of the branches and leaves on another.
  • Just because a tree looks healthy on the outside, doesn’t mean it is healthy on the inside.
  • Grow your roots deep and strong into the earth.  Do this by doing things you love.  Raise your vibration with meditation, activity, spending quality time with yourself and those you love, and maintaining a healthy diet and activity level.
  • Trees with strong, deep roots bend and do not break during the winds.

Fitness magazines, weight-loss gimmicks, and fitness experts will come and go. Trends always exist.  The key to real success is what is inside of you and what you do to believe you are worth it.

The moral of the story here is to love yourself where you are at.  Nurture your roots with all of the basic elements, and your tree will flourish in ways you could only imagine.

Thanks for reading!


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About the Author: Rachel Cicigline is a Holistic Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach who focuses on helping you mind your mind, love your body, and follow your spirit. For more fitness, nutrition, and wellness tips, visit her website or her Facebook page!

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  • Lynda Jones
    Posted August 26, 2015 9:49 pm 0Likes

    Once again Andrea, you’ve outdone yourself with another fabulous POST! OMG this is so good! I’m now wondering if the Universe is speaking to me via You???!


  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted August 27, 2015 7:08 am 0Likes

    Thanks Lynda! That article was written by my new guest contributor named Rachel Cicigline…but you definitely are attracting this information to you! So glad to hear you liked this piece:-) All the best, Andrea

  • Bobby
    Posted August 27, 2015 11:15 pm 0Likes

    AWWW I love this! Great job Rachel. I will remember this tomorrow and take care of my tree! I also will try to remember when I wake up to give an actual tree a hug!

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted August 28, 2015 6:51 am 0Likes

    She’s pretty good, huh Bobby? 🙂 🙂

  • Rachel Cicigline
    Posted January 21, 2021 1:53 pm 0Likes

    Oh my gosh… it’s nearly 6 years later and I’m just now seeing these comments. I slacked on following through here, Andrea!!! Thank you for allowing me to contribute to your blog. I will forever be grateful.

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