Why I’m making a lifestyle change

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably caught me posting more about eating healthy and starting an exercise plan. Something that is pretty foreign to me. I’ve always been a bigger girl. I spent countless hours crying over my size and being unhappy about my weight. The weird thing is, I definitely don’t look what I weigh. It took some time but I finally love my body for just the way it is. This lifestyle change isn’t about losing weight and feeling comfortable in my own body. It’s about so much more than that.

yogaMy body is a spiritual temple full of magic and I need to start treating it like one

If my body physically is not healthy and well-nourished, it won’t be able to serve me as well as it could. Taking care of my body, feeding it healthy and nutritious food on top of getting enough sleep and being physically active. This will make it easier for energies to flow throughout my body and make room for more positive energies than negative. Living an unhealthy lifestyle will drain you physically, mentally and emotionally. Making it hard for your body to function at its full potential. It shouldn’t feel like a chore. You should look forward to the type of physically activity you partake in and the deliciously nutritious food you indulge.

Eventually my bad habits will catch up with me

I may be happy with the way my body looks now, but eventually, making poor health decisions will catch up with me in my old age. I look at all the health issues my family members have had as they grow older and I don’t want to run into any of those issues. What you chose to do today, effects your tomorrows. Good or bad. If you take care of your body while you are young, it will prepare you to live a longer and healthier life in the future. If you eat pizza and drink 2 liters of Mt. Dew everyday, you’re going to suffer some serious consequences.

I want to keep up with my active little one and teach her good habits

My daughter is about to be 2. She is a ball of energy and can bounce off the walls for hours. When I get home from a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is be active. I barely have any energy left at the end of the day and I just want to hang out on the couch. This is not how I want my daughter to remember our time together and I definitely do not want to teach her the same lazy habits. So often I will just throw in a frozen pizza or chicken nuggets and we will sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat our dinner. We still need to enjoy those yummy things and living room picnics, but not everyday. I want to teach her that cooking and trying new foods is fun. That sitting down at the table to eat a meal with her and talk about our day is important. I want to get home and be active with her. Involving her in my work outs, teaching her it’s important to move around and be silly.

So please, don’t tell me I will be SO much happier about my body once I master the healthy lifestyle enough to lose some weight and look better in pictures. I have enough self love to know that my happiness is not dependent on how I look or how others think I look. I’m making this lifestyle change to do something good for my family. This isn’t meant to be an obsession where I HAVE to workout each day and burn so many calories and track everything I put into my body.