2013, on the other hand.. was one of my best years yet. I changed my career path, I got engaged to the most amazing man in the world, we built a house....... The list goes on and on. I definitely met my "happy" goal of the year... but the healthy part? Definitely not.
You know how people say "fat and happy?" I was (am) there. I think I got so complacent with my relationship... and life... and house... and dog... etc etc. that I just got comfortable. Too comfortable being unhealthy. Why? Because I was happy! Duh! I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. I drank what I wanted, when I wanted. And I knew the man on my arm would still love me regardless. But when I really step back and look at it... that's not what I want. I want to look in the mirror and be HAPPY. I want to live to see my grandchildren someday. I want to run 5 miles and not stop to catch my breath. And ya know what? My man will love me even more, when he sees that I love myself.
I want this post to be a shout out to every single girl that wants to get HEALTHY. And if, by chance, in the process of getting healthy, you lose weight? More power to ya! We can do this together! We can support each other and share ideas, recipes, and workouts! I definitely have a weight loss goal as well (I AM getting married in 4 months so I have bride-brain too) but losing weight will never catch on if you go about it in an unhealthy way. I want to change my lifestyle, not just my dress size. Too many girls focus on what number appears on the scale... let's not do that! Let's focus on how we feel and what we see!
Blain and I made a pact. On January 6th, we started a WHOLE FOODS lifestyle (no, not the grocery store). We decided to begin with a Whole 30 Challenge. That means no processed food, no preservatives, no sugar, no dairy & no carbs... and it's been great! We're on Day 7 and for someone OBSESSED with cheese, bread and diet coke, it's been SURPRISINGLY easy! I havent once craved a diet coke, bread or cheese in the past week! LIKE, WHAT?! I know. It's crazy. I used to get a headache if I hadn't had a diet coke by noon... but when we just quit cold turkey and started whole eating, those cravings just went away!
We are not on a DIET. We are making a life style change. The food we eat is real... eggs, veggies, fruit, nuts, meat, fish.. all of which are nutrient-filled with natural vitamins and minerals. We even bought a juicer and have been juicing like CRAZY! I seriously can't tell you how much I love it. (If you want motivation... get on your Netflix -or ask a friend for their password- and watch 2 documentaries: "Fat Sick & Nearly Dead" and "Forks Over Knives" ... they will change your life, your outlook, and your lifestyle). And let me tell you... I've never felt better in my entire life. I have the energy of a 15 year old, I don't get tired around 2-3 oclock, and I never have that after meal sickkkkkk as a dog feeling when you've eaten too much food that is sooo not good for you. It's. Amazing. And I highly recommend it.
This doesn't mean I will never again in my life have a piece of pizza. That's unrealistic. But once I hit a point where I am comfortable with what I see in the mirror, then I'll broaden what I'll allow to enter my body. And at that point, it'll be about moderation and smart choices.
Anyway - I wanted to share that with you. I wanted to let you know that from here on out, this is our lifestyle. And as I try new and exciting recipes, I can't wait to share them with you too! If you want to come along for the ride, I'll be posting updates throughout my progress.
Cheers! (with my fresh green juice!)