Workin’ It

I’m sure you’re wondering what’s up and where I’ve been lately, one post a week is not the norm for me but lately life has just gotten really busy. I find myself stretched and have not been able to put in the time for blogging like I usually do. I am trying to make more time for it now but this is what happens some times, especially when blogging is purely a fun thing for you and you still have a full time job, family and friends, etc.

Life hasn’t been too busy to cook, in fact I’ve been making a bunch of new and delicious recipes lately and they’re all still in my camera waiting for me to have time to write about them. I promise to give you some good new recipes this week! One thing that has been taking more of my attention is that I am paying more attention to myself and my own health.

I’ve always been an active person participating in sports for most of my childhood. My parents have always been great examples to me, feeding us vegetables with our dinner each night and packing fruit in our lunches along with making time to work out themselves. My mom is a big walker, I can remember her waking up super early for most of my life to get out and walk for an hour or so before her day started and recently she’s been jogging, something that she never really did, she even ran a 5K last year, and I couldn’t be prouder of her! My dad has always been in great shape, running, lifting weights in our basement and now he’s started swimming regularly. Besides signing my brother and I up for sports, my parents always encouraged us to get outside and be active and many times spent as a family were riding bikes together, swimming and even taking walks. I grew up thinking it was important and quite normal to be this physically active.

I realize now, what a great gift my parents gave me. Today, I see kids who aren’t active like that and adults who fill their stomachs with pre-made foods loaded with preservatives and the dreaded fast food. I’m not immune, I love Wendy’s and Burger King but the way that I feel after stuffing my face with a spicy chicken sandwich or a double cheeseburger is pretty telling; I feel disgusting. All I want to do it lay down and nap and it stays with me for a few hours after.

Overall, I think I eat pretty healthy, I go by the everything in moderation mentality and have been known to overindulge (especially with sweets). But I don’t really like soda and I do like drinking lots of water plus I make most of our food from scratch. That alone knocks out so many chemicals and preservatives that weigh down our metabolism. Since going through infertility (read about that here) and filling my body with chemicals and not being allowed to work out I feel like I’ve taken a new interest in my own health. I want to be informed and I want to get my body back.

I started reading about sugar this week and was shocked. I’ve always eaten lots of it, I love it and I’m thin and try to make healthy choices so I never thought it was an issue for me to have my lunch dessert and my afternoon chocolate and my dessert in the evening, oh and my morning tea with raw sugar and my chocolate chip oatmeal. Well, long story short, I really need to reduce the amount of sugar I consume. I am not currently living the “everything in moderation” diet when it comes to sugar.

And so, to wrap up this post which I’ve successfully rambled on with, I’m making conscious decision to go without sugar. It’s been really hard to cut out. I still allow myself one sweet treat a day but have been drinking tea without sugar (its gross but its getting easier) and have cut out my afternoon sweet snack as well as one of my desserts. I read that it will get easier but right now, it sucks. In combination with my lower-sugar diet, I’ve been running a few days a week and have been taking a weight lifting class at the gym for the last 2 months. **Small Plug** The weightlifting has been a new and amazing addition for me; it has really started to transform my body and its becoming something I’m actually proud of! Plus, bonus, my pants fit better! I’m not longer sucking in to get them buttoned in the morning.

It does take time to make yourself healthier and some research, everyone’s body is different but its true what people say, I do feel much better (aside from the sugar cravings, I did get a little mean yesterday afternoon). I have more energy and I just feel happier with myself in general. I hope I keep this up, I’m really going to try this time.

So how about you guys, any new health realizations lately? Tried a workout routine that you really like? How about healthy recipes? Or are you, like me, trying to get away from so much sugar, any sweet substitutes you can recommend? I tried Stevia and pretty much hate it. I’d love to hear what you’re up to!