Friday, August 15, 2014

The Next Best Thing...Healthy & Balanced

 Hi all!  I can't believe it's already mid August!  This year is just flying by.  I am working hard on my goals and feeling really great.  I have been consistent with my exercise and doing great at finding the balance I so need with nutrition.  I just potty trained my 2 and a half year old and she did great!  I am a proud mama.

As I mentioned above I am really finding my stride with staying healthy and balanced which really got me thinking about my past struggles and successes.  Recently I read a novel called The Next Best Thing, by Jennifer Weiner.  The title got me thinking about something that I do when it comes to weight loss...look for the next best thing.  I am a been there tried that girl, and the older I get, and hopefully wiser I get I have learned what really works the best for me and my body. I don't know about you, but when it comes to weight loss I have tried everything.  South Beach, Adkins, IIFYM, and most recently Paleo.  While I really loved the Paleo it was really hard to sustain with no whole grain carbohydrates.  Once I "fell off the wagon" with Paleo it was really hard to get back on that "wagon".  It made me do some soul searching and really listen to me, my body and what I want for myself.  I have learned through it all that what I need to do is eat a whole food based diet, allow for some balance with having some "treat" foods, drink a lot of water and workout with weights, HIIT training and cardio.  I don't know why I feel like I have to look to other things to really reach my goals when I know that I have what I need inside.

The biggest part of it all is being consistent.  This is something that I have struggled with in the past and I am working to make a priority in my life.  I know that if I am too strict with my eating at some point I am going to binge and then feel guilty about what I just ate.  I don't want to do that anymore.  I don't want a "label" to how I eat other than I eat a whole foods based healthy diet that is balanced and allows for treats when I want (that's a mouthful!).  I am ready to believe in myself because I know I have all the tools I need to get where I want to go.  Don't get me wrong I still want to learn and grow when it comes to nutrition, however from now on I am keeping it simple and trusting in myself.  I am so happy at where I am in my life and I truly want to help others to get to that place too.  I love my body, I am strong- in and out of the gym, and I really am happy.  Working out is one of the joys in my life and I want to eat to fuel those workouts and also enjoy a glass of wine with friends or take my daughter out for ice cream too!  I feel that life can be happy, healthy and balanced.  I will continue to work for the balance!  Some times you just have to eat the cupcake because life is short!
Have you struggled with this?  I would love to hear from you!

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