I am a yo yo dieter! I have lost and regained weight too many times to count! I lose motivation once I've lost the weight. And I think that is because I have never learned to lose weight correctly. To me it has always been a chore. I want it to become a lifestyle.
My response -> Motivation is lacking because you don't like what you're doing. To make it a lifestyle, you need to build healthy habits slowly.
As a blogger or freelancer, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day of growing, building and nurturing a brand. Between creating new content, maintaining old content, running a business, administering a blog and managing social media, the tasks are time consuming.
It’s easy to get lost and forget what your mission was day one when you hit publish. Dear Healthy Living Blogger Remember Why You Started.
For a long time, living healthy wasn’t that was important to me. Before weight loss, I ate pizza and fast food multiple times a week and inhaled a bag of chips every night before bed. I didn’t cook and fitness was the farthest thing from my mind. If it hadn’t been for the day that I started walking, I wouldn’t know how much better life can be healthy.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to me because I’ve discovered I am the BEST version of me when I eat right, exercise and balance work with play. BUT it hasn’t always been easy particularly, in the food department. So today I’m sharing How I Live Healthy.
Losing weight isn’t all roses and skinny jeans. Losing weight is warding off demons so you don’t fall back on old habits and coping with weight gain fear. Losing weight is dealing with your emotional relationship with food. Losing weight is dealing with fans and haters.
During my weight loss, a friend would always put a negative twist on my weight loss. What I eventually realized was her statements, were not a reflection of me. It was about her. She knew she should have been focusing on her health and losing weight. Her way of dealing with those feelings was deflecting them on me. She was a weight loss hater.
I believed once I reached my ideal weight that dealing with haters would be over. I was wrong. Even now, I still deal with people putting me down or critiquing me for how I lost weight. People don’t want to believe that you really can have a healthy approach to weight loss. People manipulate facts making them into something they are not.
It’s empowering to figure out who you are and embrace it. I want everyone in this world to feel that in their life.
So when someone belittles my weight loss, it doesn’t make me mad. It drives me. It drives me to tell my story more because so many people need help taking control of their health. While everyone needs to discover what works best for them, I want my story to inspire others to discover their version of healthy and transform their lives. Through my weight loss, I not only discovered many things about my body but also I discovered myself. Who I am, what I’m capable of and what I’m meant to be which was so much more than I ever imagined.
Before I go on, let’s revisit some facts about me. I lost 80 pounds many years ago. I lost weight eating healthy foods and walking every day. Back then I didn’t have a gym membership. I walked. I ate real foods. I didn’t do a fad diet, I didn’t take supplements or pills, I didn’t eat candy or processed foods and I certainly never stopped eating (I like food too much). I ate healthy foods, reduced my portions and monitored my calories with a doctor’s supervision. I made a lifestyle change for my health, one that has stuck with me to this day.
Happy Wednesday Friends!
It’s a happy day today! It’s my last day of the work week as tomorrow I’m heading to Denver for Fit Bloggin’. The opportunity for me to go opened up at the last minute and I couldn’t say no. I’m thrilled to be going. I can’t wait to see old friends and meet new ones too. If you’re going, be sure to hook up with me!
I have one more piece of exciting news today. I’m a LOVE Grown Foods ambassador! You may have noticed the new badge I’ve been sporting on the blog these last few weeks.I was overjoyed when the company reached out to me asking if I’d represent them. I’m obsessed over their deliciously healthy goodies. But what I love most about them is their passion to educate children about food. What to eat, when to eat and promoting real foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Although I don’t have children of my own, I personally feel very passionate about the lack of nutritional education in schools and believe it contributes to the growing obesity problem. We need more brands like LOVE Grown Foods promoting healthy living and I couldn’t be more honored to help them in spreading the LOVE. In fact, today we’re going to Spread the Love with a little something special for you guys at the end of this post.
Now with that good news, let’s get to the food! If you’re new to Skinny Fitalicious, What I Ate Wednesday is a post I do every week showcasing my meals from one day. It’s fun to see what other people eat in a day. It’s also great motivation for me to eat balanced and create more delicious recipes!
Hi Friends! Now that it’s Spring and the weather’s warming up, I’m sure many of you are thinking about changing your routine to get ready for Summer, making new health goals, shaking up your fitness or maybe just wanting to get bikini ready. Remember one small change over time can add up big! Whether your goal is losing weight, making healthier food & lifestyle choices, dropping your cholesterol, sleeping more or being healthier in general, implementing one little thing can make all the difference and motivate you to reach for more! Last week I shared 5 things I’m doing to shape up this Spring. Today my blog friends are joining in the fun and sharing what they’re doing to spring into shape this season. These ladies are truly inspirational. Beautiful inside and out.