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A Healthier Me

It has been just over a year since I started my journey to a healthier me. Being healthy looks different for each individual person. Being healthy for me probably looks very different for me than it does for you. I'm sure I'm not perfect at the whole being more healthy thing. (In fact I know I'm not because I ate a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup right before dinner.)

Last summer I began running. I looked up a couch to 5K running program and stuck with it. You can not imagine how HARD it was! The first day the assignment was to run for 1 minute and then walk for 1 minute and repeat that 8 times. I could barely run for that 1 minute. As time went on, I almost considered quitting. But I didn't and by the end of the summer I was able to run for about 25-30 minutes without any walking in between. I felt like that was a huge accomplishment. So I went from barely being able to run for 1 minute to being able to run 3 miles! I still enjoy running. It is a great stress reliever as well as a fantastic way to exercise. Plus I worked really hard to get to this point, and I don't want all that work to go down the drain!

I never actually imagined losing weight by running, but once I started eating better the weight literally started falling off. My pastor's wife introduced me to Trim Healthy Mama. I swore I would never be able to eat healthy because I have a very strong aversion to green foods. But I dug in and really tried. I failed several times, but you know what? That's ok! I simply started over 3 hours later.

And although I'm not proud of them, here are some before pictures. These are literally the only pictures I could find of myself from a year ago. 
Another stronghold for me was drinking soda. I loved my soda! I would drink a 32 ounce fountain pop from the gas station everyday. I called it my treat. But that treat was actually defeating almost all of my healthy eating efforts. Eventually I gave up that daily treat and instead treat myself to a pop once a week.

I'm actually not quite where I really want to be with my weight, but I am so much healthier this year compared to last year. And when I look back on some of the bad eating habits that I had and how I eat now, I'm very proud of my accomplishments. 

It's not always about how much we weigh. Too many girls and women are focused on being super skinny instead of loving the body that God gave them. I will never have a super model body, like Hollywood tries to tell me is normal. God has blessed me with 4 amazing children. My hips will probably never again be a size 2 like they were when I first got married. But I'm ok with that. Being healthy isn't about being super skinny or having a super model body. Being healthy is defined differently for every person. 

This has been a one step at a time journey for me. Slowly but surely my lifestyle is changing and so are my eating habits. That in turn helps my kids and my husband to also be more healthy. I used to make excuses about being healthy, that it was too expensive, or some other lame excuse. But in reality, there's not that big of a price difference. You are going to spend your money anyway, what do you want to spend it on? Products that nourish your body or processed foods and empty calories?

I'm so thankful that God put it in my heart to become more healthy. Not only do I feel better, but I'm willing to be in pictures again. My kids love to take selfies and it's been so much fun to join in with their silliness and make a memory that will last forever!

What steps are you taking to help your family become more healthy? I'd love for you to share your tips and ideas with me!

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