Bal·ance n. An even distribution of weight enabling someone ore something to remain upright and steady.
I got asked the question today, “all you do is run?”. This was in response to posting my four month check up pictures.
Yeup, it has already been four months and I am officially down 9 pounds. Yes this isn’t a huge number, but it is a number I have been wanting to reach for almost two years and I finally got my a$$ in gear to do it!
Trust me when I say, these aren’t easy pictures to post. You can hide that belly fat under clothes, but half naked there isn’t much to hide. I am not perfect, I don’t want to be perfect, but I want to be healthy–happy–and in love with myself.
So, when asked if all I do is run–I immediately screamed in my head…HELL NO!
I know that if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter it probably looks like I don’t have a life and all I do every day is run, but I promise there is a whole lot more to it.
1. I Eat Cleaner (most important)
Cleaning up my eating was the absolute hardest, yet most important part of this whole lifestyle change. I say lifestyle change and not diet because this is not temporary. This is a change for the better and I am going to stick with it!
If people say changing your eating habits over night is easy, they are lying! It was hard, I was miserable, I even went through withdrawals like someone stole my crack. The headaches were unbearable, my body ached and growled constantly, I became light headed often, and I wanted to give in to the bad food every day. It was how I imagined getting off an addiction would be like.
If you think about it though, food is an addiction. I was addicted to Zaxby’s fried chicken nuggets, energy drinks, hamburgers, fries, and anything else that was 900 calories per bite. Yes, I went trough phases when I would eat healthier here and there, but when I made this commitment to myself–I meant it and I quite cold turkey.
One thing I have learned is that you HAVE to give in to your cravings every now and again and you CAN’T be overly hard on yourself because you will develop an eating disorder (yes,I can speak on this). You have to create a balance. I honestly can’t tell you what that balance is because it is different for every one.
My balance included cutting out ALL red meat! I do eat seafood as my protein balance. I eat vegetarian products like faux chicken nuggets, faux corn dogs, faux crumbled meat, and faux sausage. I developed the taste for them (trust me not everyone loves them), but now I love them! I eat as much FRESH food as possible. If it won’t go bad within the week, it probably isn’t that good for you. Protein shakes have become my best friend and I have created ones that taste good to me.
Every day with food can be a struggle, but as your mind changes–your cravings change and you realize that you don’t need the junk food any more. I can’t even eat fried chicken anymore without getting bubble guppy syndrome. BAD!
2. I RUN!
I don’t run every day. I would be lying if I said I was amazing at it. I love running, but I need to switch it up to stay focused. Running isn’t for everyone.
I started running about a year and a half ago. It hasn’t always been a constant relationship, but I keep coming back so I figured this time it was for keeps. I am supposed to be on a half marathon training schedule and I started out doing good, but I have slacked off some because I have to add my life balance.
I try to run when I can and it has gotten to the point where my body craves a good run even just 2 miles when I go a few days without it. However, I can’t always fit time to go run, plus I do get bored doing the same thing every day.
The key is that you have to find an activity that makes YOU happy and just stick with it.
Yes, the two main components of my transformation are food and running, but without a solid balance I wouldn’t be where I am.
I have to balance work, friends, being social, work, working out, eating right, work….
It can be overwhelming. I just stay focused and try to add motivation to my day every morning. Again, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you probably see a lot of motivational quotes.
These help me remember each and every day why I began this journey. They remind me that I can, I have, and I will continue to make progress. If changing your life style were easy, every one would do it and McDonald’s wouldn’t exist.
I even give myself beer breaks. Initially, I had cut out all alcohol….
Yeah, that was a challenge. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t get cray cray and binge drink, but a beer or a glass of wine is just tasty sometimes. You have to give in every now and again, you aren’t going to be perfect. It is ok to treat yourself, just be classy about it.
So the answer to the question, “all you do is run?” is NO! If all I did was run, I would still be 9 pounds heavier and not as happy as I am today. I would love if what I am doing can help someone else in their journey, but transformation is an individual process. It is different for each person and the most important part…you just have to stick with it. You can’t do it a month and quite because you didn’t see results quick enough. It doesn’t work like that. You didn’t get out of shape in a month and you won’t get healthy in one either.
Don’t lose hope, don’t give up on yourself, and keep pushing every single day. Don’t give your haters any justification for them to say they told you so. You can do it, you will do it, and you will continue to do it!
What are your best healthy life tips and tricks?