What I gain by losing

Weird title right? No worries, I’ll explain :) A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of having Erin Berry Scott on the blog talking about healthy living and exercising. As a busy working mom I find it extremely difficult to exercise, and the marketing geniuses make unhealthy food more convenient and affordable. I’ve had a rough year personally and I’ve seen my body change in a way I don’t like. I’ve told myself over and over I was going to change-up what I eat and ensure I include exercise in my day. I’ve let myself down, and I’m not happy about it.

But, I’m no quitter, never have been and I don’t intend to start now. Being an athlete in high school I know what my body is capable of, and I know my body is strong…there just a little extra fluff cushioning it! There is no better start than today to start living the life you want to live. So as of Friday I changed things up a bit. I’m going to start eating healthier, drink more water, and work out. This morning I ran 2.69 miles in hot 80 degree weather. Did I want to give up? Did I think I was going to have an asthma attack? Umm, yes!! But I know that it’ll take hard work and getting into a routine will take some getting used to, but I want to do this for myself and for my daughter.

 

I have to hold myself accountable, because if I don’t then who will? Below are the changes I’ve made since Friday and will continue incorporating in my schedule:

  • No bread or pasta
  • No starches at dinner
  • Run 30minutes 3x a week
  • Circuit Training 3x a week
  • Eat  breakfast
  • Drink more water

When I thought about these changes I thought of all that I was losing out on – and if I look at it like that then I’ll have a hard time getting through implanting all of these changes. Yes I’ll miss my pasta and pesto and pizza and garlic bread – but what I gain from losing is far more beneficial to my life. I gain increased self-esteem and more energy. My legs are burning from the shock I gave them by running today, but I’m so glad I did it. I contemplated the run for an hour this morning before actually getting up to do it. It speaks to the kind of person I am…I won’t let anything or anyone get in my way, and if I see something I want I’ll work as hard as I need to to achieve it.

How do you hold yourself accountable? What changes do you make to live a healthier lifestyle?



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