I’m not here to preach about health.
Trust me, I’m the last person you want to take health advice from. I still haven’t lost the weight I’ve gained during two pregnancies. I binge on junk food during late night writing sessions. I mean, my job practically insists of me sitting on my butt for endless hours. I eat fast food on the weekends (and sometimes during the week. Hello, Taco Tuesday!)
I could go on, but I’ll get to my point ;)
I’d love to be a size two again like I was in high school. Who doesn’t want to be societies imagine of “skinny”? More than that, though, I want to be healthy.
I want to run around at the park with my kids. I want have energy to play sports with them. I want to live to see my daughter in a wedding dress and my boy hold his own son for the first time. Not that I’m dangerously unhealthy or overweight, but it those images paint a nice picture.
So, I put down cookies in exchange for an apple.
Every Sunday night, I swear I’ll cut out sugar and carbs from my diet. It never lasts. Dieting is like a New Year’s resolution. Something that sounds great in your head, but falls out of view after a few days.
Nevertheless, I start over again.
That’s the great thing about living in the free world. If you falter, you can get right back up and try again tomorrow.
I’ve been looking for ways to get some exercise on top of trading in my snacks for healthier options. I don’t run, I hate gyms, and it’s too hot in my house to go on my treadmill or do Zumba or any of those types of workouts.
You want to know what I discovered?
Who would have thought I would enjoy this? *points to self* Not this girl.
Not only does it rejuvenate my spirits, it’s been great for my back issues (another gift from my children. They’re lucky they’re cute!) It also reduces my stress which is a huge bonus because let me tell you…there’s a lot of it!
I try to get my yoga on once a day. Sometimes mom-life interrupts, or the daily schedule is too intense, or I just get too lazy. When all the stars align, I roll-out my green mat, close the blinds (I have REALLY close neighbors), turn on YouTube, find my inner peace, and shut the world away for a few minutes. I have included the link at the end of this blog if you want to check out the Yoga for Beginners video I watch.
My kids love it as well. Sometimes they do the workout right beside me. It’s a great opportunity to all have some healthy fun together.
I’m nowhere near ready to practice my Namaste in public nor do I ever think the introvert in me will put aside my self-doubts and actually go somewhere to do yoga, but I’m trying.
That’s what it’s all about. For me anyway. If I go full-on carb-cutting, running miles, and calorie counting all my meals, I’ll be miserable.
The secret is to find what makes you happy and what works in order to be a healthy you. It’s hard sometimes, but the outcome will be worth it, I hope. Just remember, it’s okay to eat the cake sometimes.
You gotta have balance in your life.
What are some of your healthy adoptions? Whether it’s a form of exercise or a type of food you try to cut out of your diet, I want to know! Tell me in the comments.
More blogs to come so check back soon. Thanks for reading xo
Below, find the link to the video I watch. I love the workout AND the scenery!
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