I recently made the decision to change my eating and exercise habits (or lack therof) and start living a healthier lifestyle. I try to give myself some grace and remind myself that I just had a baby 5 months ago but the time has come. It's not just about getting the baby weight off...Yes, that is part of it. But the truth is, Yah has placed this desire and the need to change in my heart long before today. Now, I'm just realizing that had I acted sooner...it might be easier. Isn't that how it usually works...**Sigh**
The Struggle Started Early
When it comes to my weight, I've always struggled. I was overweight as a child, and then when I hit my teenage years, I went the opposite direction and developed an eating disorder. So, to say I've had an unhealthy relationship with food is an understatement. That's my personality in a nutshell though. I'm very much an "all-in or all-out" kinda person.
This is also why fitness is a struggle for me. When I DO workout, I go WAY overboard and just stop eating. Or I'll eat more and just not exercise at all. I know it makes no sense but now you see why I haven't been so successful when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
The Plan of Attack
1. Practice Balance & Moderation
My main focus is going to be B-A-L-A-N-C-E! Balance is definitely a struggle for me but thankfully I have my partner-in-crime that's taking this journey with me...my hubby! He can be my greatest supporter...he can also be my greatest weakness lol. We both love good food (who doesn't, right?) but I also know that we're both determined to be better for ourselves, eachother, and our kids. So, I'll be finding a healthy balance between food, exercise, and resting.
2. Skip the Fad Diets
I've decided against going on any fad diets because they simply don't work for me. I don't believe cutting out an entire food group is ever the answer. Making healthier food choices and practicing moderation will take me a whole lot further. I also don't want to expose my kids to the "dieting" mindset. What I mean by that is exposing them to the mindset of there's something wrong with their body and they have to go to extreme and obsessive measures to fix themselves. I know not everybody views dieting this way but this has been my experience with it. I'd rather instill the dynamic of making healthy choices to begin with.
3. Not Obsess Over Numbers
Though I'll be weighing and measuring myself, I won't be focusing SO much on numbers. Weight loss can be very tricky post eating disorder so I know I have to be vigilent of this fact. Numbers can definitely be a trigger point for someone whose had an eating disorder in the past. I'll be gaging my success more on how I'm feeling physically as oppose to how much weight I'm losing (or not losing.)
4. Get My Kiddos (& Hubby!) Involved
My husband has already said he's onboard and surprisingly, my kids are always down to make changes...they don't get that from me but anywho...Getting them all involved in this new lifestyle change will not only keep me motivated but they WILL keep me accountable. And they won't let me forget it lol!
5. Give Myself Grace
Being a mama is hard work and some days are harder than others. While I'm determined to make this change, I'm not going to beat myself up if I happen to slip up. My self esteem can't afford it right now and neither can my family. I'll be giving myself more grace this time around and reminding myself that this is not a race but a marathon. It's not about how fast I go but how FAR I go!
Why I'll Be Successful This Time Around
I'm determined to make this change...for myself and for my family. I'm excited to be taking this journey and invite you to follow along! If you're interested in following our #gettinghealthy journey, be sure to connect with us on social media for the most recent updates! We're on Instagram & Facebook =)
Until next time, Be encouraged!
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!