It’s time for another video! This is the second in a three-part series talking about how to restart your diet and fitness. I’ve been living this for the past couple weeks and wanted to report some of my progress and share four more tips to help you get back on track if you’re struggling.
I’ve been getting back to running over the past few weeks and I’m really starting to reap the benefits of regular exercise. I can tell because I have more energy and feel amazing. I’m more alert and feel more positive about my body (even though nothing has changed physically, mentally I can feel change.) I’ve also been drinking a ton of water, and keeping it as Paleo as possible.
You CAN Be Healthy Despite a Crazy Schedule
One big encouragement I want to give you is that you CAN have a healthy diet despite being busy. It may not be as exciting as all those pretty food blogs you see out there but that doesn’t matter. It’s about finding foods and meals that work for you and incorporating them into your daily routine. Maybe you rotate the same foods throughout the week because they’re healthy, tasty and don’t bore you. That’s OK !
It’s About You
Remember, this is about YOU and YOUR health not someone else. Do what works for you as long as it’s healthy and leading you into becoming a better, stronger, happier person.
Click the image to view Pt. 2 in this video series …
I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened in Boston. It’s funny how things can become more real to you at different stages in your life. Since I’ve training for a half marathon and have run 5Ks and 10Ks before, I can picture the finish line, the spectators, the volunteers and the runners. It makes me very sad.
I didn’t post yesterday because I didn’t know what to say. I was still processing and chose silence as the best option. Today I’m ready to talk. I have frustrations, questions and ultimately I’m looking to hope. I’ve seen a lot of news items that I’d like to comment on and one post in particular brought me to tears.
This post talked about the spectators and the huge, irreplaceable role they play in racing. This is absolutely true. Races bring such community and a team spirit that the air gets thick with encouragement, enabling you to run miles farther than you would if you were running alone. It’s electric. Why were the spectators attacked? It’s heartless.
My race is just a couple weeks away. Should I still run it? Is it dangerous? Will something bad happen? These are all thoughts I’ve been turning over in my mind. Daniel told me yesterday he doesn’t want me to run. He’s concerned for my safety. I can’t blame him. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about the race … but I am sure that I’m not going to stop running.
That might sound a little surprising since my last post was about how much running sucks. Since then, I have actually had a crazy breakthrough. I ran 7 miles on Saturday without stopping. THAT is crazy. I adjusted a couple things like slowing my pace, focusing on breathing and listening to an audio book that helped me go the distance. And … it was kinda awesome.
All this adds to my heartache for Boston. I’m praying that those involved are found out soon. I’m praying for healing for the families, runners and beloved spectators. Don’t quit cheering. Don’t quit running. We need each other.
P.S. For those of you looking for that homemade ketchup recipe I mentioned on my Facebook page yesterday, you can view it here. It was really good! I will add honey to it once I’m done with the Whol30.
Spring is here … which means swimsuit season is almost upon us. Normally, this would really FREAK me out but I realized something lately about myself. Something quite remarkable and I want to tell you about it today. It’s remarkable because it’s different from the way I’ve been thinking for many, many years. Spring is different for me this year. Let me explain but first, some background …
I’ve never been labeled as a skinny, thin, trim or slim girl. I’ve always been average height, weight and build. I don’t mean that as a negative, just a fact. Although I’ve always had confidence and a positive body image (thank you for that, Mom!) the all to common self-doubt and body criticism gradually crept in over the years.
I’ve gotten used to critiquing appearance and evaluating what others might think of how I look. Glancing in windows to check my reflection, comparing my size to other girls’ sizes or wondering how this or that makes me look had all become commonplace for better or worse.
Suddenly, Exposed …
This spring, however, something has changed. I realized it about a week ago when the weather started warming up and it was nice enough to go outside without a coat. Normally this change in seasons would leave me wishing for the comfort of my coat to cover up any part of me I was unsure of due to holiday eating and lack of fitness in the colder months.
Spring comes and the layers begin to peel away revealing any and all damage or lax that had been permitted in winter. Spring has always been a time of mixed emotions for me because of this. And so, the self-consciousness would happen every spring with me scrambling to gain control of my fitness and food habits. I’d suffer the discomfort of clothes that fit just a little too tight and hide behind loose dresses or even going ‘up’ a dress size.
Maybe this hasn’t ever been the case for you but I’m sharing this because I think it could be the case for some of us. We all want to feel our best, look our best and be our best selves. It’s so hard not to compare our bodies and it’s all too easy to be critical of the way we look AND let that dictate how we feel about ourselves. These feels can even sweep you into a depression if you linger in them. It’s hard work to eat healthy and invest in our fitness. It’s really hard.
There is HOPE
This spring, something has changed for me. I realize I’m not scared anymore. I’ve been working on being healthier, stronger and living life to the fullest since last August. You’ve seen my journey and we’ve helped each other progress, with the goal of being the healthiest we can be. This spring, I’m reaping the benefits. I’m not afraid to go “coat-less” this year. I’ve worked hard to get where I am and I feel confident in the changes that I’ve seen in my mind and body. I feel amazing because I’m feeding my body good, healthy things and I’m making time to workout each week.
I’m not Scared Anymore
I’m still not where I want to be. I still have progress to make. I’m still fighting the temptation to gauge my progress with the scale. I’m really not sure what I weigh right now and I’m in between dress sizes. Do those things impact how I feel about myself? Honestly, yes they still do. I’m working hard to remove that negative thinking and inaccurate measurement of who I am.
In the meantime, those things are factors in how I feel I guess but mostly it’s the pride and self-gratification that I’m feeling from all the hard work I’ve put in. This spring, I say, “Bring it!!!” because I’m ready. I want to challenge you to embrace where you are this spring. Don’t be afraid of where you are. Look back and see how far you’ve come. Then look forward and get excited for where you’re going.
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