Today was day one of a new health & fitness journey for me. I have always loved working out. I get up early most mornings to make sure I get a workout and devotions in. I have tried to eat a healthy diet. But I recently have not been feeling as healthy. Part of it is the fact that the holidays were just here… And I have a major sweet tooth. The other part is that I have hit a bit of a rut. I need something different. A new challenge. Renewed motivation.
This morning my neighbor and I started a new workout program that is quite intense. I am super excited to do it together. I can’t hit snooze because she is coming over. And she pushes me. It’s good. I want to get more muscle definition, become stronger, have more endurance and expand my lung capacity which is good for my asthma. Those are a lot of goals. But with each day that I work hard and give it all I’ve got, I get closer and closer to achieving those goals. I become healthier.
Now back to that sweet tooth… I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted to eat it. Not so much anymore. And not just from a gain a few pounds aspect, but also I just don’t feel as good when I am not eating well. I am more sluggish, moody even. And I start to crave carbohydrates and sugar. It’s a hard habit for me to break. Food really affects us. It is quite crazy. This year I want to focus on saying no to sugar, soda, processed foods, white flower. And focus on eating whole, healthy foods. I know enough about nutrition, thanks to the passion my dad gave me, to know what actually happens on the inside of my body when I don’t eat well. It affects so much more then the outward things I see – moodiness and feeling sluggish.
Why the blog post? A few reasons. Fist of all, accountability. When I know I have put something out there, it holds me accountable. It reminds me to make healthy choices. Secondly, I wrote this for you. I hope that there is someone out there that will be inspired to choose a healthier lifestyle. To go on this fitness journey with me.
I need to keep in mind that changed does not happen over night (bummer). I have to be consistent. I have to work hard. I have to make good decisions. I also need to keep in mind that I will totally blow it. And that is totally okay! But when I do, I need to get up the next day and be thankful that each day starts fresh and new. And with that, I need to get back on track and give it all I got.
I want this year to be different then those past. I want to take my health and fitness to a new level. I want to do it for me but also my family. A healthier me is a gift to those around me. So with that said, let’s do this!!!