Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's a good feeling

Alright people, I hope you never take my posts as bragging about my healthier life.  My hope is to motivate others.  That is the whole reason I started this blog.  I hope you keep that in mind!

I'm loving this healthier lifestyle change.  I DO NOT do it perfectly, but I love being more aware of the dairy and meat that I intake.  I feel great!  I am loving my efforts both for me and my family!  The husband hasn't liked my creativity in meals too much, but he appreciates the good intentions and he eats it anyway. (Thanks hun.)  We have had lots of vegetable substituted for meat-meals.  We have had spinach and chickpea patties instead of chicken.  We have had lots of raw vegetable and fruits with every meal, which has helped me and my kids digestive systems quite a bit.  Now for the confession: I did go to Hawaii on a trip last week, and lost all sense of my morals, can you blame me? I mean chocolate covered macadamia nuts, pineapple ice cream, and you have to eat some Hawaiian BBQ when you are in Hawaii. Right?  But I actually didn't do too bad.  I still tried to make healthy choices and stay away from dessert for the most part.  And like I always say, it's all about moderation in all things.  I will never cut things out completely, but I will always be aware of my intake and make a majority of good choices.  That's what healthier living is all about!

As for exercise... I can't live without it.  What a great feeling it is to make exercise such a part of your life that you actually miss it and need it.  When I was pregnant with my son (who is now 2) I had a lot of problems and didn't work out one single time during my pregnancy.  I became depressed and gave up on my eating habits as well.  I gained 50 pounds with him, but I decided after I had him, to not let anything be an excuse..  For 10 years I was a competitive gymnast.  Athleticism was easy for me.  Push ups, back-handsprings, pull-ups; you name it, I could do it, but I lost a lot of that while pregnant with my son.  After that pregnancy I was trying to get out of the swimming pool and my arms were shaking trying to pull my body weight out.  THIS HAD NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE!  It was embarrassing that I was weak, for the first time in my life!  I decided right then and there to get that athleticism back.  I wanted to be strong and fit again, no matter how long it took.  I encourage my readers to do the same.  It's not too hard to change your weaknesses into strengths.  You can do hard things!  You can get back to finding the things about yourself  that you used to love.  It doesn't matter your circumstance, or your age.  You can do it! Make the change!

As you can see, I'm back to my athletic self again.  It was great to feel that way in Hawaii.  I felt like I could do anything I wanted to do. Its a good feeling :)

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