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My outfit details: Danskin mesh insert long-sleeve tee c/o Amazon, Danskin capri high-waist leggings c/o Amazon, New Balance running shoes c/o Amazon, rock stud solid backpack c/o A’GACI, Glyder sports bra (similar here), and Quay aviator sunglasses.
Photography by Bleudogfotography.
This post is sponsored by Rogaine. It is known fact that we can not alter our DNA. Thanks mom for my big feet and crooked toes! All joking aside, this year I have made great strides in my health and wellness to face my risk of diabetes head on. While much can’t be done to change our peculiar traits and nature we inherit, we can take the necessary steps along with some grit to set ourselves up for success.
I have many wonderful cherished memories of my grandmother and late grandfather. They are immigrants from Cambodia who played a huge role shaping me to the person I am today. One memory that is always hard to think about is watching my sweet grandfather inject himself with insulin. I could sense the discomfort it gave him and as a child I wanted to do everything in my power to change that. I wanted to change his circumstance so badly, but I thought you couldn’t Defy Your DNA.
There is something I need to tell you! I have a “major” sugar addiction. It is bad! I can clean out a candy store faster than any Black Friday shopper! This habit had to be kicked to the curb though I knew it would be hard. The solution though obvious, is simply resisting the temptation to buy it. This is a game changer for me! Yes, I am a slower learner!
As a former fitness instructor I take pride in maintaining my health and body shape. One way to prevent the onset of diabetes is maintaining a healthy level of body fat. This has not been an easy task after having three kids and the resultant weight gain. With my first child I gained 65 lbs and many health problems along with it. However, over the years I have learned that keeping your fitness plan consistent will reap the benefits. Don’t be hard on yourself if you fall off the bandwagon – just get back on and move your body!
Nutrition is key in Defying Your DNA. It has only been the last couple of year that I have really paid attention to what I put in my mouth. I feel my best and function my best when I am eating fresh, nutrient-dense whole foods. Fruits and vegetables are your friend. Your meals don’t have to be fancy. In fact, the simpler the better. Fresh food tastes great. And, let’s not forget the power of hydration by keeping a water bottle nearby and drinking water even before you feel thirst.
DEFY YOUR DNA
Stress is a killer and because of my Type A personality and super perfectionist ways I can get my panties in a bunch. I can not “stress” enough the importance of managing your stress is positive ways. My favorite ways to decompress and relax are: exercising, shopping, taking a nap, journaling, meditating, and in getting lost in prayer. Life can feel like a pressure cooker and it is important to instill habits and techniques to feel grounded and centered.
I feel confident from my lifestyle choices in correcting a family history of diabetes. Although our genes determine many of our physical characteristics it does not have to control our destinies. We can take matters into our own hands through small everyday steps, big decisions or simple changes in our environment and lifestyle.
STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME
I am partnering with my friends at Rogaine to empower us to Defy Your DNA. As everyone, ages, their hair follicles begin to deteriorate. That means thinning hair is in everyone’s DNA! Proactively use Rogaine at the earliest signs of thinning hair can help sustain optimal hair density for a younger looking head of hair. Stay ahead with Rogaine. Hair loss (or growth) is controlled by you, not your DNA.
Do you have any personal health challenges that you face? If so, share with me how you are Defying Your DNA. I would love to hear about the steps you are taking! Let’s empower each other and take the necessary steps to living a healthier more fulfilled life!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Your support means so much and have a wonderful weekend!
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It;s so important to be proactive! Love your post!
Thank you so much Cathy! This is definitely important!
Im a sucker for a good pair of high waisted leggings! These are cute!
This is a great post, it’s so important to do everything we can to make ourselves better. I love working out to de-stress!
Thank you so much Laura! xo
So important to know your family medical history and this is a great post reminding us as such. Great tips on how to be proactive for a lifetime of good health!
Thank you so much Kali for reading this post!
Thank you so much!
You look amazing! I’m sold on those leggings
Thank you so much Lauryn!
Such a great post! You look amazing!
Debbie I looooved that video, you look amazing!! And all you said about defying your dna really rang true with me. I know I could do better, and I’m trying. Thank you for always being such a source of inspiration!
I find prayer and meditation vital to my daily routine as well as exercise and nutrition. It is so important to stay in balance mentally, spiritually and physically. Great information!
Such a great post and you look amazing! I’m with you on having a major sweet tooth!
So, do I! It is a daily struggle! xo
Love those leggings, high waist is my favorite.
How great is this active wear look? And you’re so right. We have to be proactive if we can if there are dna traits we don’t want!
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Thank you April!
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Thank you Maggie!
This is such a fascinating post! I’ve never thought about defying my DNA, but you’re right – it is possible. Love your activewear and how you’re inspiring me to stay fit and take care of myself!
Thank you so much Stephanie!
Thank you so much Patty for reading! xo
Thank you so much Amanda! xo
Thank you so much Kasey!
Oh gosh, I am right there with you. I am a major sugar as well as carb addict. But it does all start with simply resisting the urge to buy that stuff. Great post, Debbie! I also love your active wear!
I definitely get my thin hair from my mom… I feel like I will need this stuff at some point in my life!
At first, I thought this post is about an athleisure outfit, you look awesome! And glad to know that Rogaine also have for women, I thought this is for men 🙂
Hair is our crowning glory. We must protect it.