Holistic health: interconnected wellness


I’ve been doing some soul-searching for this blog lately. PPA began as a running blog, but has transitioned into more than that. If you’ve been here more than a hot second, you know yoga takes increasing screen time away from pounding out workouts on the road.

So a running + yoga blog? No, that’s not right either.

The posts I love, the ones I pour time and emotions into more than any others, are when I write about the internal parts of being healthy. The emotional and mental aspects. Body image; self-love and how we talk to ourselves; media and “inspiration” definitions of fitness or beauty; workout obsessions and disordered eating.

The best way I can define Piloting Paper Airplanes is as a blog about holistic health.

Definition of holistic: {adj} characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole; characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

I preach “full-being well-being” to anyone who will listen – and probably plenty who’d rather not! Being on this journey of health is about so much more than physical fitness. I daresay the emotional part, the “head space” part, is the most important.

So I’m challenging myself. Each month I’m going to update some goals that are more than just physical fitness. This graphic will live in my sidebar and serve as a reminder of the simple goals I have for that month.


• The fun portion is the emotional/mental part. After a super crazy busy month, my introverted self is craving “me” time like nobody’s business. I mean true free time. Not free time that I plan to write some posts or go through emails or work on freelance projects. I mean free time that I can decide what to do then and there. Nap, read, sew, organize, walk, watch a movie, whatever.

• For food, I do not do well with off-limits items. Can’t do it, won’t do it. I also have some problem with the idea of cheat days or treat foods. Maybe that’s for another post, but the quick version is labels like these add negative language to something already full of guilt, stress and failure.

Back to my goal. I will say I’ve gotten a little carried away with the sugar lately. Deserts, people. My favorite. Seriously, though, I don’t need something sweet after lunch and dinner every day. I know it doesn’t make me feel great but I eat it anyway. My April goal is to back off the sweets.

• The fitness part is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve spent more energy on yoga in recent months (it shows, thank you!) and my running has suffered. I’m supposed to be racing a 10k in May so its time to get back to regular run workouts.

P.S. Go here to read a little more about my goals for this blog, the reason it’s called Piloting Paper Airplanes and what I do in real life. 🙂

I’d love to know what you think about this slight shift in purpose!
Also, you do set goals that aren’t fitness related?
How are you purposeful to care for your self in ways besides a workout?

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7 Responses to Holistic health: interconnected wellness

  1. I love this!! I’m working on getting physically healthy right now; I’ve been dealing with a hamstring issue for the last month or so. I have a problem with scheduling free-time for myself, as well, and I think that I’m going to start setting a goal of disconnecting from technology for extended periods of time… because I’m way too connected.
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    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Ooh I love the tech-less idea. I’m on my phone or computer a lot, but still not as much as I could be. I feel like I miss a lot on the weekend especially! Guess that means I’m doing RL things instead. We also have a pretty set rule that we don’t have phones in the bedroom. It keeps us off them before bed – which is better for sleeping anyway! – and tend to mean we’re not on tech as we’re winding down for bed or in the mornings. I don’t usually check anything until I get into the office!

      • Livia says:

        I find I have so many ideas for series, I do a post intending to write several more, then get sidetracked chasing posts that feel more &#t210;8imely„. Example – I need to finish a series on “Barriers to Worship” (the follow-ups are started but not finished). I will also do a series on “biblical foundations of worship” but I want to call it something more interesting than that.

  2. Amanda says:

    This is great! I think it’s a really good idea. I’m dealing with the I don’t need this right now to eat. Trying to focus on healthier choices.

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Intuitive eating is so hard, right?? I really try. It helps me not feel guilty when I do have treats because I’ve thought through if I really want it and ideally helps me choose fewer “unhealthy” choices overall. Certainly not a perfect system though! Emotions play a big role. Because I don’t have a set diet, if it’s a grumpy/stressful day, I’m much more likely to have something sweet.

  3. Love the little shift for your blog!! 🙂
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    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Awe, thanks! I love seeing how many bloggers are focusing more the emotional part of things and healthy ways to measure progress.

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