Since the beginning of the year I’ve been touching on the fact that I’ve decreased the intensity of my exercise adding more yoga, and including more healthy fats and proteins to my diet. These changes were hard make but in the end necessary due to some hormone irregularity, decreased energy, and probably those Jekyll and Hyde mood swings I have been suffering from recently. I’ve been on a mainly clean diet and regular activity routine for just over 2 years now, lost 50 lbs, and when I look at the whole 2+ years have made vast improvements to my health, arthritis, and over all well being.
I have had a hard time fessing up to it because I thought how am I suppose to talk about healthy living if I’m not 100% percent healthy? And how do I talk about fitness when I am myself cutting back?
Well who ever said healthy living meant perfection? And thanks to some friends (Chelsey, Ashley, Katie) talking about the same the same thing on their blogs I realized it is okay – this blog is mine and this is my personal journey that I am sharing.
And there is not a “one size fits all” definition. The biggest thing I am always preaching is finding balance in life, as well as taking information and fitting it to you. Healthy living does not mean having absolutely no problem areas or weaknesses. No one can be perfect or be 100% healthy all the time. That is why we are always challenging ourselves with new goals to work towards. There is always room for improvement and finding balance.
During college, I was considered over weight, had joint problems, had a serious problem with processed food and portion control, and a strained relationship with exercise/ physical activity. Now, I still fall in the normal range of a healthy BMI, but it is on the low end – and maybe that is not right for me a my body. Everyone is different.
So do I still consider myself to on the path of healthy living? Absolutely! There will always be issues in life whether it be physical, financial, external forces, etc. To me part of healthy living means acknowledging it and doing what I can to grow and/or improve. I have been making progress by adding in an extra snacks or some bulk to my meals. I’ve lightened up my workout routine. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I’ve been doing tons of power yoga, walking, and 1-2 easy runs per week. Yoga has really done wonders for me, but I want to dedicate a whole post to that and the studio I’ve been going to.
It feels good to finally get this post up. I’ve been promising it for awhile now to you and myself. I have a lot more to share, and I think this was a great place to start. I know I will be able to post and write more easily now too. I think that was the reason I was struggling with posting last month – I had something to say that I wasn’t saying.
Do you have anything you are working on improving that has made you feel not so healthy?
And on a lighter note – I’ve been dying to start actually cooking again! I started out small and made a pea puree this weekend, as well as some surprisingly easy and delicious homemade cashew energy bars (recipe to come!) What is on the top of your “to make list?” Share some links/recipes!