I Got Myself In Trouble
Every now and then you have to tell yourself the truth!
I really think it started when someone asked me what my plans for summer were. I laughed because I feel like that's a question you ask someone in grade school because they have a summer breaks and whatnot. Most of us have a job or two and “summer break” isn’t an actual thing.
So Chris and I decided to take advantage of the summer and do “Sunset Tuesdays”. We didn’t want to wait until the weekend to enjoy our lives but create a space for “fun” during the week. So every Tuesday in summer we agreed to have tacos at the beach and watch the sun go down.
How could this be bad right? There's NOTHING wrong with tacos, but then when you add countless coffee dates, bbq’s with friends, and busy weekends (which means fast-food), I started noticing that all of it was adding up. Yes the calories! Bear with me.
As an adult, I’ve had this constant struggle with accepting that I’m getting older and my body is suppose to “change” but then also not getting comfortable. If you’ve read any of my other blogs, I’ve always been health conscious due to growing up with a Dad who took medications daily, due to being diabetic- and honestly it’s always been like a life commitment for me to never reach that point in my life to where I kinda like- let myself go. It’s really not a vanity thing but a commitment to my family to be as healthy as I can be. I feel like MOST of the time our health and well-being is in OUR own hands and we are accountable for that.
Yes, cheat days are GOOD, but not weeks, months, and years! Honestly, that’s what happened to me! I still did my usual routine: water, walks, etc but kinda of just started eating whatever I wanted- and we all know that that doesn't work for too long. At some point you start feeling sluggish and all over the place.
So I got myself in trouble...
We can only excuse ourselves for so long. This is where I was at. Let me also say that I am happy with the way I look but I know that my body is a "temple" and I am responsible for keeping it healthy. NOONE can do that for me.
So what did I do?
I finally got a gym pass after 2 years. I can't believe I let it get that far. The first thing I did was ZUMBA and guys... I'm a TERRIBLE DANCER!
I still did my walks and even did a short 6 week program over the holidays ( I know that was 8 months ago) but kind of left it at that.
Oh, and I band-wagoned on the whole counting steps on your watch thing but I know I needed to do more (studies show we should be walking AT least 10 thousand steps a day to be healthy).
Ever since I got married, I've struggled with finding my workout rhythm and recently I noticed that my job was really taking it's toll on me and all I wanted to do was go home and sit/lay down AND EAT. This is really unhealthy, and I started to feel unhappy. You see, when I was younger I had a different view on working out. It was all about being thin but as I got older I finally realized that it's for HEALTH and my well-being- and the benefits of being healthy are sometimes losing an inch or two AND less doctor visits. When that finally hit, I realized it was time. It was time to take control of my life again and get back in shape, for me, for my health, for the future me and family.
Will I still do Taco Tuesday? DUH. Will I continue to strive to be a healthier me? HECK yes! Balance is key but balance is not one more than the other.
What about you? What do you do stay healthy physically and emotionally? What are some of your daily routines? I'd love to hear about your struggles to stay healthy and active. Leave a comment below.