We all want to live a life for longevity right? Are we taking the proper measures to live a healthy life? I know I sure was not. I had one important relationship in my life, that relationship was with food. The relationship I had with food was an abusive relationship. I would uncontrollably consume large amounts of food until I felt sick to my stomach. This pattern I had of eating so rapidly despite me not feeling hungry began during my adolescence and into my early adulthood. It was after my mid 20’s when I went to my annual checkup, my doctor told me I was borderline diabetic. I jokingly responded to that concern with “borderline, so if I ate 1 Oreo verse 5 Oreo’s?” Soon after that appointment and meeting with a therapist, I was diagnosed with BED (Binge Eating Disorder).
25 years old and could end my life at any moment from a heart attack. There was no way I could allow my family to receive that kind of news. It was a wakeup call that I needed to get help and get my life back. My time here is very precious and limited here. I was only given one body and I need to treat it well. I failed at doing that. I was really motivated to be healthier. My motivation continuously would go away. I would fall off the wagon, I would beat myself up and slip back into the BED patterns that cause my morbidly obesity. I will tell you now, truth is, it is really hard to change habits and live a healthier life. Dealing with the feeling of being a failure in my dating life, with my career and my living a healthy lifestyle I began to think that I wasn't meant to be thin.
Once I decided on having The Year of Me, I knew in order for me to live a healthier life I would have to make it a priority. I started out making some small changes. Replaced some of my unhealthy habits with new healthy habits like skipping the chocolate chip pancakes for a green smoothie. I wanted to develop a healthier relationship with food and get into a routine of being more active. Here are some of the many ways I got on track to living healthier.
I ONLY DRINK SOCIALLY WITH MY FRIENDS
Usually during your physical, the doctor would ask you, "how much do you drink" and we always understate the amount we actually drink because we want to come off as responsible adults. I was a huge IPA drinker and could easily drink 5 beers with a shot or two of Fireball. But truthfully once I scaled back on the heavy drinking “socially” I saw a huge difference in not only my weight but my wallet.
DID YOU BRING LUNCH?
I cannot count how many times my friends would instant message me about lunch plans. The going out to lunch everyday was really taking a toll on my waistline. Especially working in the Media world. We get so much free food from all sorts of companies. Once I started bringing in my own lunch I didn’t have to worry about what I was putting into my body. I was eating mostly unprocessed foods. The majority of my new healthy eating consisted of following the 80/20 rule and eating whole foods 80 percent of the time. In the beginning I was eating lean meats like chicken breast or ground turkey. (I am now a vegetarian)
What is eating clean actually. There is no definition of clean eating. Everyone has their own meaning to it. Here is my take on me eating clean. (My eating decisions were discussed with a nutritionists, this is what my plan was, you do not have to follow) Filling half the plate with vegetables and fruit, most grains whole grains, and eating lean protein. Eating 5-6 times a day and only when I am hungry.
UP IN THE GYM, WORKING ON MY FITNESS
One missed workout turns into two, then three. Before you know it, sweatpants will be the only thing that fits you. It took a few tries to get back on after falling off the workout wagon. I wasn’t going on any dates with men. The only dates I was interested in going on were the ones with the gym. I will admit I am a boujee girl and having cute workout clothes helped motivate me to get into the gym. The 6 am work out really helped me kick-start my day and I felt accomplished after. That feeling makes getting up early and sweating for an hour well worth it.
YOU JUST HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE
Full body workouts (I met with a personal trainer and this is what was discussed for my workout regimen, you do not have to follow) Remember to keep the workout simple. They do not have to take a long time, I started out working out for 30 minutes, 3 times a week. I would run a mile then do some planks, squats and stretching. I now workout 90 minutes 5 to 6 times a week. Running 3 miles for cardio, lunges, crunches, planks and LOTS of stretching.
Sticking with the new healthy options it became a daily habit and a way of life. Consistency is key. I try not to skip more than 2-3 days of hitting the gym. Working out sporadically makes it even more difficult to get back into the swing of things.
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