I believe that getting started is arguably the hardest part in every journey; whether it be fitness and health, relationships, or even starting a business. Before you can get started, you’ve got to know where you stand.
Where are you right now? What are you wanting to change? Why do you want to change it?
You’ve got to recognize your problems before you can work on your solutions.
My goal with starting this blog is to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle, without all the unrealistic expectations of becoming a super model. You can be healthy, you can be fit, and you can do it all and just look like you. A new you, but you all the same.
I wasn’t always a healthy person, and Lord knows I’m not the picture of perfection when it comes to fitness. I’m always improving myself in some way. When I first realized I had a problem, I was 15 years old. I was overweight, and my idea of good entertainment was constantly eating things that tasted good. They usually had no other benefits whatsoever. I didn’t feel good. I was sluggish and lazy and couldn’t find the energy to save my life.
I knew I needed to change something, I just didn’t know what. I didn’t know where to start. My mom signed me up for a gym membership, but that only goes so far if you don’t know what you’re doing, or know someone who knows what they’re doing. I didn’t know anything about eating healthy or how calories affected my body, or that I had to leave my comfort zone to make a difference at all.
The only thing I took away from my efforts was that food makes you fat. I developed a very unhealthy relationship with food. I hated it! I hated that I depended on it. I hated feeling like it defined me. I was never officially diagnosed with an eating disorder, but I definitely suffered from something. I binged when I was angry, I purged when it made me feel guilty. I got hungry. I ate to stop feeling hungry. I got angry that I ate. I binged because I was angry. It was a nasty cycle. The only thing it changed was my happiness. I didn’t lose weight, I didn’t get in shape. I was just miserable.
I met a wonderful woman about the time I turned 18. I worked for her, actually. I was her nanny. This woman was everything I wanted for myself. She had a family, she was successful, but most of all, she was healthy. I noticed the kinds of food she kept around the house. It was good food. There wasn’t a single unhealthy thing in her pantry. I cooked for her girls with what she had, and I started basing my own diet off of what I made. I noticed I felt good about the new food I was eating. It made me feel energetic and happy.
That’s when I decided to learn more. I went online and started looking up articles on how to be healthier. I downloaded books from my kindle that had recipes and healthy eating tips. I started walking and eventually jogging. I even looked up meal plans to follow. I learned about calories and good and bad fats and carbs and sugars and about how much of all of those I should be eating to make the best changes in my life. I fell in love with being healthy.
Now I’m married, I’m a mother, and I want to be an inspiration to my children. I want to be an inspiration to all of my friends and family. I want to be an inspiration to you.