Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Healthier Lifestyle

News Flash: I'm on a health kick! This year I've decided to be a healthier me. Watching my boyfriend as he's done all he's done for his health has helped me take a second think about my own health. I watch and read news all the time about what's good for you and what's bad for you and I feel things are more confusing these days. One day something is good for you, the next day it's bad for you! The best thing I can do for me is be proactive about my health and change what I know I can change about my lifestyle. That alone will foster a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

Right now I'm in a planning stage. I'll share the bones of my structure in this post and talk more about each area every couple of weeks so I (and you) can see my process and progress over time. While my main goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, there are more immediate things I want to see this year. The main thing is...drum roll...I want to see my kangaroo pouch (as my friend so eloquently puts it) disappear! Who doesn't want that these days? So, have a look at my plans:
  • Exercise: I miss working out in a gym SO MUCH! I had a gym membership that I used faithfully when I was in NC. I went to the gym about 3 to 4 times a week!! Once I started preparing for my move I had to let the gym go. Now that I've moved, I've been unable to find a suitable gym. I've had to resort to working out at home, which is okay, but I don't feel like I'm getting the same impact as I'd get from working out with heavy weights. I've searched YouTube and Pinterest and found some really useful workouts. One of my friends tags me in Instagram workout videos that have been extremely helpful as well. I've also recently downloaded an app that I feel will be my main workout source. These are all things that I'll talk more about in future posts!
  • Salmon Salad
  • Diet: When I say diet, I don't mean that I'm going to be around here eating crackers and drinking water! I plan to watch my macronutrients (macros) closely and change those numbers to fit my needs. I won't get into too much detail about this stuff because this is just an intro, but macros are basically carbs, proteins, and fats. What I'm learning now is that there's a lot of each in the foods I eat. I'm in the process of trying to train myself to stay within my macro number limit. What this means is I can still eat some of the same foods I've been long as I don't go over the number of macros I can eat in a day. I have an app that helps with me with this...also to be discussed in a future post. I've had to change my diet slightly because I'm hungry a I need to feed myself when I'm hungry! I still haven't gotten it down pact, which is why I want to wait before talking about my diet in detail. I've gotten some great tips from my boyfriend and one of my blog buddies, so I'm optimistic! For starters though, here's picture of my meal last night (Salmon Salad - fancy leaf blend salad, hardboiled egg, no fat cheese, cucumbers, salmon, and Japanese ginger salad dressing)!
If you want to see significant changes, you can't have one without the other (exercise but no diet change and vice versa). I know I can do this. I can do anything I put my mind to. Right now, I'm in the process of ridding the house of all "unhealthy foods" which is a lot because I shop in bulk. I've got ice cream bars, tons of hamburger helpers, tons of gravies, list goes on. What can I say? I'm from the South, it's how we roll! My health is important to me because there are a lot of diseases running in my family, mainly hypertension. I'm not trying to have a disease tell me how much of something I can eat! I'm perfectly capable of regulating what I eat myself. I'm in control! (This sounds like something I've heard on a Richard Simmons tape! LOL)

To sum up this little summary, this is going to be a challenge but I know I can do it. It's not something that's going to happen overnight and I don't expect to see changes overnight (...but I do hope to have a summer ready body! :-) I'm in this for the long haul. My body is depending on me!

P.S. - Like hair is the main topic of my blog, fitness is the main topic of my boyfriend's new YouTube channel. Check him out at C.Bake.presents. FlightSchoolFitness. He's building so subscribe, watch and like his videos, ask questions, etc!

Thanks y'all and have a great Wednesday!

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  1. Great! It's nice to come by your site, I'm trying to life a healthier lifestyle myself. For a couple of weeks now, I'm calorie counting, and I subscribed to meal plans. Cheers to health and wellness! ^_^

    Best Regards,

  2. That's awesome to take charge and do what you need to do to stay healthy!

  3. Way to go! That's really inspirational to hear other women trying to make healthier life choices! Found you on the blog hop and am so glad I did. I'm now tagging along and can't wait to read more. Hoping you stop by and say hi sometime.


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