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3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

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My outfit details: Adidas tank, Adidas leggings, Nike shoes, nylon backpack, aviator sunglasses, and water bottle.

3 Ways to Get Healthy Today

It has been a long road to becoming healthy. I am still on it and will continue forward with it indefinitely. I was really close to my all my health and fitness goals last fall and felt invincible! I was happy with the progress I was making with exercise and nutrition that I let myself slowly slip. It all started with last Halloween and indulging in one too many of my kids’ candies. I had forgotten how addicted I was to sugar. Too make a long story short, I let my sugar cravings and stress triggers kick in to full drive and I rang in the New Year with extra extra weight!

Well, I am ready to say goodbye to the extra 15 pounds I gained!  Seriously, 15 lbs! I ate poorly which affected my sleep and energy patterns. This affected my behavior and mindset — frankly I was a mess! My confidence and zest for life was lacking and I wanted to hide from people and social situations! I wanted a change desperately and went back to my old tricks for getting back into shape. However, these quick fixes were not working and in fact made things worse and I was beginning to feel very depressed and hopeless.

Enough is Enough

One day, my high school girlfriend Courtney texted me and invited me to join her in losing weight and getting fit! I decided to say yes and we are now both getting guidance by the same macros coach. It has been one of the best decisions I have made all year! I am so grateful to have my friend’s encouragement and support. Teaming up with friends really offers you the social support to make healthy changes together. I feel more power when I am engaged with a team and the energy lifts my spirits!

I am on week #5 of macro dieting (also called flexible dieting) and feeling great and happy! I don’t know about you but having a coach who is keeping me accountable is making a world of a difference. My coach Lauren Driggs is knowledgeable, supportive, and so kind! Her empathy really helps along this arduous process because as humans we make mistakes. I never feel guilty or deprived and she has taught me tools to better care for myself and my beautiful body!

Small Steps Make a Big Difference

Learning that taking small and simple steps daily are the best in making changes that will last. I feel that this statement is true for all aspects in life! Lauren said it took me 6 to 7 months to gain this weight and it could take me that same amount or more to lose it successfully…and that it is going to be okay. What I can focus on each and every day is making the best decisions for my health and wellness. I am excited to share with you my 3 Ways to Get Healthy Today:

#1 Prioritize Sleep: I used to push myself to the point of exhaustion and rely on catching up with sleep the next day. This simply doesn’t work anymore nor is it healthy. I realize that it is okay to be tired. I am not Super Woman. I am human. If I am tired I will love myself by saying no to things that are not necessary and put myself into bed sooner. I love sleeping and for me that requires around 8 hours of sleep a day. Also, there is no shame in taking cat naps when time provides!  I always make time on Sundays to take a nap!

#2 Stop Stressing: Okay, I will admit it, I am a worry wart. I think it is because my heart is so big and I can feel so much! I worry about my kids, my family, my husband, my job, the world, etc.,! LOL! All of this worrying does me no good! It is important to not stress the small stuff. I am learning to let things go. There are some things in life (if not most) that are not worth our time and effort. I choose to devote my energies to what brings me purpose and joy! I choose to prioritize me by incorporating regular self-care (daily exercising, prayer, pedicures, getting dressed for the day, etc.,).

#3 You Are What You Eat: One of the beautiful things I am learning through macro dieting (and really it isn’t a diet but way of eating) is that food is just food. Food is neither good or evil. I can choose to eat foods that will fuel my body allowing me to function optimally or I can choose foods that will delight my taste-buds temporarily but offer no nutritional value leaving me feeling empty and uninspired. Eat foods that are whole with simple ingredients and are colorful. I love this mindset of “Eat to live, not live to eat!”

Thank you so much for reading this post! I was really hesitant about sharing that I have gained 15 pounds with you! I am embarrassed I let myself go. I also was hesitant in sharing these photos because it is not the shape I wish to be in. But, I felt that it was important to be real and vulnerable. I am learning to love and accept my body at every stage that it is in because I have a divine body. My job is to treat it with the respect and love it deserves. You know I created three amazing babies with it! I am really excited about the progress I am making with macro dieting and hope you will follow me on my journey!


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25 Comments

  1. Timothy Lewis
    May 8, 2018 / 2:09 am

    Hello you are a beautiful lady I think you look amazing but you believe that you need to lose a few pounds, that is fine.nothing wrong with that. In the end is all about how you feel about yourself go for it

  2. May 8, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I love your workout outfit! It’s so hard sometimes to have the discipline by yourself to stick to a routine. I get decent sleep some nights, the nights that my boys sleep decently. I am the worst at eating. I have a huge sweet tooth and it’s hard when I run a food blog!

  3. Lynn
    May 8, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I needed to read this today! Last summer I lost 32 pounds and I’ve gained 10 back this winter. Eating is everything and I need to get disciplined!

  4. Joline
    May 8, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Sleep is so important! And the one thing we always take for granted. Eating healthy is a struggle too but you’re right, every little bit helps.

  5. May 8, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    These are all great tips to get healthy today. I am totally digging your outfit too. I need to start working out and walking more now that it’s warm outside again.

  6. Vũ Hà
    May 9, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Your tips is well and rewarding. I will apply them for myself. Thanks for your post.

  7. Rose Ann Sales
    May 9, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Such an amazing ways to be healthy and those three are really important for us to attain a healthy body in physically and in mentally.

  8. Rose Ann Sales
    May 9, 2018 / 6:53 am

    Such an amazing ways to be healthy and those three are really important for us to attain a healthy body in physically and in mentally.

  9. Mary La Fornara
    May 9, 2018 / 8:14 am

    It’s so difficult in our busy lives to take time out for ourselves. Your 3 easy steps can help people get on the right track!

  10. RonRon
    May 9, 2018 / 9:00 am

    Right now, I failed big time in following these tips. Gotta eat healthy, sleep more and stay away from unwanted stress from now on!

  11. tucker
    May 9, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I have set a goal to run every morning. I am not a big fan of running but I know I need more cardio and it is really amazing to get outside and my baby loves her stroller and going for runs! It is important to get healthy because it helps more than just your body but your emotions and mental state!

  12. Kara Ferwerda
    May 9, 2018 / 9:04 am

    I have set a goal to run every morning. I am not a big fan of running but I know I need more cardio and it is really amazing to get outside and my baby loves her stroller and going for runs! It is important to get healthy because it helps more than just your body but your emotions and mental state!

  13. May 9, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Sleep is so important for our overall health. It is something I definitely devalued for years and have learned my lesson!

  14. May 9, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    As a health professional I’m shouting a big YES to all three of these! No stress is a work in progress daily!

  15. Gladys Parker
    May 9, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    You are so on point with your three ways to get healthy. I have been saying that, although, I did weigh much more I still have very many pounds to go. I stopped eating potatoes, rice, bread, I still cheated now and then with sweets as I have no will power. Then I fell off the wagon so to speak. My sleeping schedule is non existent one month I sleep 4 hours constantly and another 9 to 14. I feel so unhealthy right now. Even though I am 70 pounds less I feel worse. I need to find healthy at least as much as I can.

  16. Karlyn Cruz
    May 10, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Yep! Those are definitely the 3 main culprits to being unhealthy! I know when I don’t sleep and stressed, I make everyone’s life miserable. So it’s not just your physical self that suffers, it’s your emotional too!

  17. May 10, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Stress is a huge thing for me. We’re all about minimizing stress wherever possible so we live by charts and schedules. It makes things so much easier for us.

  18. Steph
    May 10, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    first off, love your workout outfit! and yes, small steps truly make a difference! Need to research more about macro dieting. Curious how to incorporate this into my routine

  19. Geraline Batarra
    May 11, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Those are good tips to be healthy not only today but for everyday. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  20. Jonalyn Macandili-Mendoza
    May 11, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Ohhh, glad I came over this post. Such a great reminder on how to stay healthy. I super agree about the stop stressing followed by the other two.

  21. May 11, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    I definitely notice a difference when I am stressed out. I can see it on my skin and feel it in my body, regardless of what I eat. Being active definitely helps alleviate the stress so I feel better and can focus on being healthy.

  22. Nicole Lier
    May 13, 2018 / 11:48 am

    I too am about 12-20 lbs heavier now than last summer! It sucks big time! I find myself loving food so much and having zero motivation to do anything about it! I’ve gotta change that mentality ASAP!!!

  23. May 14, 2018 / 3:14 am

    Such a great post, love that you are sleeping more, stressing less and eating healthier for yourself. I need to get more sleep. I gained a ton since we are traveling and eating out everyday and i have zero motivation to work out lol.

    xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  24. May 14, 2018 / 6:53 am

    I’m sorry a worrier too and my husband constantly tells me I create stress for no reason. I’ve really got to work on fixing that one!!

    Xo
    Jenny
    Thesensibleshopaholic.com

  25. themotheroverload
    May 14, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Oh mama thanks for reminding me to stop worrying. And you look amazing! I need a coach like yours for sure. 😉

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