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May 1, 2020

how i became my healthiest self

I have always considered myself a pretty healthy person. Never overdone it with drinking, never smoked a cigarette, & always have done some type of exercise. I have always ate relatively healthy. However, I never knew if I was eating enough of the good stuff vs the bad. About 6 months ago I decided I wanted to make a few changes to my lifestyle & hoped they would make me mentally and physically healthier. Changes that I never tried to add to my life before.

1. More water. I fill up my yeti with iced water every single time I finish it. I probably fill up my 32 oz yeti 5 times a day. Since I love lemon everything, adding lemon to my water makes it go down a lot quicker. Bonus: I rarely get headaches since I started becoming more hydrated.

2. Macrostax. I will eventually do an entire blog post on this because I have a loooooot of thoughts/ love for this program. I cannot thank my friend Brittany enough for talking about it so much that it made me want to join. I have lost 10 lbs so far in 3 months and feel the absolute healthiest I have ever felt. To summarize the program: it is an app that helps you track your macros (protein, carbs & fat). The app guides you to not go over or under on any of these three macronutrients. It has been an eye opening learning experience for me. The 'healthy choices' I thought I was making my entire life, were not so healthy. Believe it or not, I am eating MORE on this plan than ever before. I also love that this program is not just for people who want to lose weight. There are different plans/stages for those who want to get toned, build muscle, or maintain where they are at. If you have any questions shoot me a message!

3. I started running. A dream of mine has always been to run the boston marathon but I have never actually tried to run more than a few miles. At the beginning of quarantine I decided running would be my new hobby. I started with 3 miles. Then each day added a half mile. Now I am up to 6 miles & I am totally addicted. With the right music, comfortable running shoe & decent weather anyone can do it!

4. Reflection. Last April, my mom was very sick with a rare neurological disorder called Transverse Myelitis. It was one of the scariest times of our lives in my family. She lost all feeling from her chest to her toes and had to learn how to walk again. No one could tell us if she would regain feeling & strength, only time would tell. Thankfully she made a FULL recovery. It was the moment I saw her strapped in a harness attached to the ceiling of a hallway learning how to walk again with Physical Therapy that had me thinking... how lucky are we that we have two legs? We take something so simple like having a healthy body for granted every single day. How did I never think of this before? Walk, run, spin, hike, swim. Whatever it is, honor your body by moving it.

5. Let it go. I used to be that girl that let a lot of little stupid things get to her. Id overthink it if a friend bailed on plans, or couldn't commit to something. Yes, I was being insecure. I took a lot of things personally & overthought EVERYTHING. I hated that about myself. One day, after being upset that a friend bailed on a weekend trip, my brother gave me the best advice. "If you expect nothing, you will never be disappointed". For some reason when those words flew out of his mouth it all made sense to me. Why expect my happiness to come from other peoples choices? Every single one of us is different & chooses to handle situations differently. Right or wrong. Since choosing to focus on making myself happy instead of dwelling on if I was going to be let down by a friend, I have been so much better off mentally. I guess my point is, I don't count on others for my happiness, I count on MYSELF. So, if it doesn't serve you, let it go.

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