Fitness and nutrition is something that I find very important but it hasn't always been that way. As a teen I was very active with sports. My family rarely ate out and my mom always cooked dinner. So growing up I never gave nutrition a thought.
I was active in college and played some recreational sports. I joined a soccer team and was busy walking the campus going to class but I also ate and ate and well, also consumed a few too many cocktails. I gained some weight. I am not sure how much but looking back at pictures I was definently not at a comfortable weight for me.
After college I fell into a new routine of working. When I first graduated I had a retail job in sales and didn't make enough money so I worked a second job waiting tables. I was really busy working and hanging out with friends so working out was not a priority. I did however do pilates every morning. It was a quick 15 minute routine but I think it actually helped me. I was more flexible than I have ever been.
I ended up losing some weight from just being so busy and that was the first time I had realized how much I had let myself go in college.
I started riding my bike almost every day and I joined a gym for the first time. I was feeling good and was comfortable with myself.
Then I met Mike. We started cooking together, going out to eat often and enjoying lots of cocktails on the weekends. I stopped working out, although I kept paying for my gym membership and started to gain weight. When we got engaged I was at my highest weight I think I had ever been at.
I wanted to feel good on our wedding day so I started watching what I ate and attempting to run. I was like most people and wanted a quick fix so I started the Slim Fast diet. And honestly it did work. I dropped a few pounds before our wedding and felt great in my dress. I gained the weight back right after the wedding.
6 months later we went on our honey moon to Hawaii. At that point I was actively working out and trying to get in shape because we wanted to try for a baby soon. I knew I would gain weight being pregnant and wanted to be as healthy as possible before we started. I thought I looked great and I was feeling better. Again though nutrition took a back seat because I thought since I was working out I could eat whatever I wanted.
Fast forward to the present day. 5 years of marriage, 2 kids later and lots of life changes and I think I have figured things out.
First I have started to really enjoy cooking, as seen in my many recipe posts. I pre plan meals, snacks and always try to eat fresh. clean and balanced meals. I have done a lot of researching, reading and analyzing food and nutrition. It has become a hobby of mine and I love learning about how food is used to fuel our bodies.
I also make working out a priority. I have learned to love running. It took a lot of time. Running is not for everyone either so I get that. I think it is just important to find something cardio wise that you like. Walking is what I started with. I would put Evelyn in the stroller and walk during her naps. An hour at a time. She loved the fresh air and I loved the quiet time. Cardio is not everything though. Some type of stretching and strength training is essential as well. I am not great at coming up with my own workouts so I do classes, find routines on Pinterest and also use work out video's.
I don't always make it to the gym. I would say I only get there a couple times a week if that. Jack really doesn't like the child care, he doesn't like leaving me so it is hard to hear him scream. So I fit in some type of working out at home.
Simple easy things like jumping jacks, a bit of stretching, planks, really anything to get my body moving a bit. I am also busy with the kids and house. I rarely sit down and try to keep moving through out the day.
I have realize fitness and nutrition will continue to be a journey for me. As I get older things change. Different exercises are essential, changing up my eating habits will have to continue as well. For now though I am just trying to live a healthy lifestyle and try to make it all a priority.
Not only for me but to be a good example for my little ones.
Here is a look back at a few pictures.
When we got engaged.
Our honeymoon in Hawaii. This was about 2 years after our engagement.
This was a picture I took about a month ago at the gym.