10/13/15

Seven Lessons that Living Healthy and Fit Have Taught me

7 Things I've Learned by Living Healthy & Fit

1)  Eating Healthy is Not Expensive, Hard OR Boring

That's right.  I thought eating healthy was all of those things.  Mostly, that I couldn't afford to eat healthy.  Couldn't afford to drink Shakeology.  Couldn't afford the have my family eat healthy.  I thought I had to be a gourmet chef OR had to eat nothing but raw carrots and celery.  Well, I still love my raw veggies -- but I've learned that none of these things are true and now I spend my time teaching this to others!
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2) Fitness is the Best Anti-Depressant in the World

I was on Zoloft.  I tried therapy. I was struggling BIG TIME back in 2010 after the birth of my third daughter and it wasn't until 2011 when I found fitness that I started to slowly see changes.  These changes kept happening and before I knew it I was off all of my antidepressants and found my mood lifting.  I had more energy and was enjoying life.  Fitness creates HAPPY ENDORPHINS and these naturally lift the mood and energy levels.  I'm so grateful that this is my happy drug.

3) Putting on Pants That are a Smaller Size = Better Than Chocolate

That's right!  This self-proclaimed chocoholic things that putting away those size 14's and 12's and trading them in for 4's was the BEST DAY EVER.  Let's be real, it isn't about the number on the tag, its about the FEELING of releasing a new me.  One that was hidden being lack of confidence. Speaking of CONFIDENCE.....

4) Eating Well and Working Out Reveal Confidence

Confidence is sexy.  When you feel good about yourself, it is easier to be confident.  My marriage is better.  I'm a better mom.  I'm a better friend. ...because of my increased confidence.

5) There is NO SUCH THING as not enough Time

....its just and excuse.  Be real with yourself for just 1 minute - and admit it.  You HAVE time.  Its what you're choosing to do with that time.  I have the same 24 hours that you have.  I said for YEARS that I didn't have time to workout.  But when I gave up 30 minutes of sleep and 30 minutes of mindless television for  a workout I found that time was not the issue.  The issue was that I was looking for excuses.

6) I Still Don't Like Eggplant

...and I don't care.  I've learned that we don't have to like EVERYTHING.  But I have also learned that I like many things I never thought I would.  I love roasted beets, snap peas, raw onions, etc....  Things 5 years ago that I wouldn't have touched.  The healthier I eat and the more processed and sugary foods I eliminate from my diet the better healthy tastes.  THANK GOODNESS for my daily dose of dense nutrition to help fill gaps where they exist.  You don't have to be perfect - you just have to try.

7) You Can Make Excuses or You Can Reach Goals

....but they don't exist together.  I have set and reached many goals and I've also set goals and totally failed.   Many people tell me their excuses, but the reality is they are seeing the obstacles, NOT THE POSSIBILITIES.  I continue to ask myself  "what if" 

WHAT IF I cross that half-marathon finish line?
WHAT IF I cross that marathon finish line?
WHAT IF I build a business that allows me to retire early?
WHAT IF I eat healthy and heal my candida?
WHAT IF I eat healthy and put my Hashimotos into remission?

...I see opportunities where most see obstacle.  You may call it willpower, but to me, its my WHYpower.  

What about you?  Have you learned anything by the way you live?


17 comments :

  1. #3 for sure! Nothing tastes as good as fit feels. :)

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    1. ABSOLUTELY!!!! :) I'm so glad you can relate!

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  2. Love it! Such great motivational lessons here!

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    1. I'm glad you were able to benefit! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Terrific points, Erin. Re excuses: One of my favorites is "I'll try." No. You either do it or you don't. "Try" is just a ready-made excuse you tell yourself and others to keep from making the commitment. Loved this!

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    1. ah! yes! "I'll try!" That's what I usually say when I am trying to nicely decline an invitation to a gathering "I'll Try to make it" is code for, I'm not even going to think about changing out of my yoga pants!

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  4. I don't like eggplant either. hehehe Great post and you are absolutely right! I used to be very guilty of the "not enough time" excuse. It's easy to fall into with the very busy lives we all seem to lead these days but it's about loving yourself enough to realize you're worth it and then making the time for the things that really matter. Thanks for your tips.

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    1. I'm glad you could relate! We absolutely must take time for what really matters!

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  5. Congratulations on making such beneficial changes. I'm currently on a detox program to heal my body. I've decided I want to be healthy for the rest of my life.

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    1. Awesome!! Being healthy is SO important!

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  6. I do feel better when I work out and eat better, but man do I love to have a guilty meal every once in awhile! lol

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    1. I always so ENJOY every meal and as long as you're eating healthy 80-90% of the time, those few unhealthy choices shouldn't make you feel guilty! :) Its awesome you're aware!

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  7. They say that every healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen! ;)

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  8. Great tips! Fitness and moving is indeed the best antidepressant (I'm a Greek dance teacher in my second business, so what else could I say :-) ). I love you way of "seeing opportunities where most see obstacle". It does pay off...

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  9. Love your tough love. You're so right, it's just excuses.

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  10. So I am someone who didn't eat 100% healthy but good enough. Never liked exercise of any type so I thought I didn't need it. I woke up recently and knew my lackadaisical attitude had caught up with me. I now am far more present to my food choices. I love eggplant & was never a fruit or veggie lover but am liking more as I go along. I have berries every morn & spinach in my smoothie & a veggie or salad at night. Still not exercising but getting up from computer more frequently, moving around & doing leg exercises & stretches daily.

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  11. Your number 2 is so important for all of us. If we all could stay mentallly healthy because of a healthy lifestyle -- life would be brilliant for all.

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