I'm often asked how I stay in shape. Or, How'd you lose the baby weight so fast? How'd you do it? The answer is easy. Diet & Exercise. You have to work for what you want. You really do have to watch what you put in your body & yes, you really have to exercise regularly. Mostly, people will ask in an envious, snide manner. As if I'm lucky, it's genetic, or as if I'm secretly starving myself. No. That's your envy sneaking out of your mouth.
Actually, my answer is always the same. Diet. Exercise.
I've always been big on reading anything health & fitness related. Magazines, blogs, personal stories, professional advice, studies, or whatever, I read it. I follow it. It works.
I've learned to exercise when I can, whether it be at the gym, at home on the treadmill, going for a walk, run, rollerblade, or bike ride with my family or on my own. I make exercise part of my routine. I incorporate it into my work, I move fast. I lift heavy stuff up on my own, no help, no thanks. I clean my house hard. When I say hard, I mean, I make it a workout. I'm sweating & thankfully no adults are normally around to see the mad woman I become. I make myself sweat. If I'm not sweating, I'm probably not working that hard. Exercise is apart of any physical activity we do. At work, I've been called "turbo". Partially because I drink a ton of coffee in the mornings & but also, unbeknownst to them, I'm working out.
Not only have I been tracking & dedicating myself to exercise, I've also been wearing a fitbit since the beginning of 2015. I track all my steps now too. It has a heart-rate monitor on there, so I can more accurately see calories burned. I really do get bummed out when I don't reach a 10,000 step day.
I have logged a food journal habitually for the last 5-6 years. My myfitnesspal app & website have become my best friend. I watch & count my food intake. I've done this so much that at the day's end I can rough guess my carb, protein, & calorie intake without even having to look at the 'stats' of my nutrition for that day.
Don't get me wrong I, too, like to live a little. Monday-Friday I eat great. I meet my goals. I am probably more faithful to this routine than most Catholics are to their religion. Saturdays & Sundays (definitely Sundays), heck, even sometimes Friday nights. I treat myself. I eat pizza, I'll eat ice cream, Oreos, any of that junk that I wouldn't allow myself to eat during the week. This works for me. I've maintained my weight, a healthy weight for years now.
Alcohol is something else I've cut for the most part. I drink, maybe, once a month. I like to keep it that way. Keeping alcohol out of my daily life has also promoted my maintenance. Maintaining alcohol intake at a minimum is not just good for you physically, it's also great for you mentally.
There are weeks where I slide. Usually that depends on my mood & how busy life gets. That's the way it works. I always come back though. I've become obsessive. It's a healthy obsession. You can take this blog with a grain of salt, so to speak. This is what I do to stay healthy, to stay fit, & to stay happy.
There is no secret. There are no pills. There isn't starvation. There aren't any drugs or patches. It's just me working hard. It's me being self disciplined. Be careful of your judgments, it says more about you than it does the person you're criticizing. Besides, criticizing a person for being in shape & healthy is just silly, don't ya think? I always tell myself, they're just jealous. I firmly believe that is true :). So ask me again in that disparaging manner how I do it. (**Side note: I get a lot of discouraging remarks, a lot of rude comments, & "hate" for many things that make me happy. Which are being slowly addressed in my blogs**)
I work hard so that at the end of the day or week, if I want a cookie, I can eat it..... Guilt free. I seriously dislike when I see someone eat something, then follow up with "Oh I really shouldn't have ate that, look at me, I don't need that" Come on! Don't be so critical of yourself. If you really feel that way, do something about it. Don't beat yourself up over what you ate! Terrible habit.
Oh & popcorn is my daily pleasure. Almost everyday I eat popcorn. The kind popped from kernels stove top or air-popped, not the microwave kind. It's been great for appetite suppressant, like on those days when I want to eat everything in sight.. Thanks PMS.
Additionally, eating healthy & daily exercise keep your brain happy!! :))))) There's no better reason to start being healthy than that.. Happiness! Nutrition & exercise are nature's anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, & destressor. Days where I don't want to do it because of my mood are really the days I NEED to do it.. I have to remind myself of that always.
I end this with every intention of hopping on the treadmill & getting back on track of healthy eating after about a week off. Sometimes, I have to be responsible for motivating myself & getting myself back on track. This is how I do it. No one else is going to do it.
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I'm a mom of two. A wife. I'm a yooper (live in the U.P. of MI) A postal worker. I'm real. I'm me. This is my start.