I didn’t have a great April on program and I blame it on Easter. It got me started on the wrong foot and I spent weeks recovering from a very highly regretted weekend of Reese’s Easter Eggs and Ben & Jerry’s (which totally helped me realize and admit to myself that I am fact a sugar addict – more on that to come).
So with this new month of May ahead (and summer looming) I’m feeling all sorts of resolve and commitment and motivation running through my bones (swift as a coursing river… with all the force of a great typhoon…).
Sorry, I can’t help that there’s a perfect Disney song for every occasion.
I want to start writing about my own journey more consistently. It really helps me stay accountable and I love being able to look back at how far I’ve come.
One of the things I constantly circle back to is the idea of WHY I’m on this journey to become a healthier person who lives a healthy lifestyle for the long run. What are those things that keep me motivated in this journey… and I can’t stop thinking about a conversation Dan and I had two days ago.
He came home from work and I was lying on the bed, looking like I had stood next to the bed and allowed my body to collapse onto it…
…because that’s what had actually happened.
So as you can imagine, when he walked in the room, I looked over… said hello in the least enthusiastic manner, and hoped the conversation would’t require more of me.
He sat down and we ended up having a talk about how “off” I’ve been lately, and how much that effects him and our relationship. Which is 100% true. When I am consistently eating well, exercising, drinking lots of water, sleeping well… all those habits add up to me just simply being a better human. And better humans make better spouses. More energy means when we both come home from a long day of work, I can still be present and be a good listener. I am more joyful and less sensitive or emotional. I get up to give him a hug and offer to start making dinner.
Less collapsing on the bed. More getting stuff done… while smiling!
This benefit of my healthy lifestyle is not to be taken lightly. In fact, I think it’s one of the things that has really strongly motivated me these last few days of May to fully commit myself to being healthy.
I’m doing it for us. For our relationship. For the better person I am when I take care of my body. For the way I can be more present, more charitable, more self-less. I am constantly blown away by the gift I have in Dan and I search… I rack my brain for new ways to show him how much I love him.
I think every time I choose a vegetable over a candy, or choose to get up with my alarm and get out to exercise in the fresh air… that translates into loving him too. And it’s so worth it.
You Are Enough
Don’t ever forget that okay? You are beautiful and precious and deserve good things — and I can’t tell you that enough! Look I even dedicated a side-bar-box-thing to it. God has a plan and a purpose for your life and He died and rose again because He wants to spend forever with you! Okay, read on. Important reminder over.
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“The glory of God is man fully alive.” St. Irenaeus
These are the 4 basic principles I’ve found myself eating by during this pregnancy. I’m so glad that in the year and half prior to this, I’ve solidified the desire and love of healthy habits – which made these things come naturally to me.
Sometimes I still get nervous to share my before/after photos. I have this idea in my head that people will look at it and only see how overweight I had become. I fear they will judge me. I think of all things they “probably” think about me…
What if you decided to finally lose the weight you’ve been trying to lose because you’re tired of not showing up in your world as your best, most energetic, vibrant self?