Becoming A Healthier New You
In the past few weeks I have been working on me. It’s always the number one resolution of almost everyone’s new year.. be healthier, diet, exercise, fix me.. the list goes on. There are always a few of my friends that will succeed. Those are the ones that make me envious. I always wish that I had the strength and determination to fight through my battles with my body and be a healthier me. I look back at old pictures and I see that once healthy and so much more vibrant me. I miss that person.
This year, I’ve made it my personal goal and mission to be the healthier me I’ve wanted to be. I’ve always stopped focusing on me and on that goal because I want to do other things like spend time with my family. What I have learned though is the time I am spending with my family is not the quality that I would like. This is mostly because with the unhealthy me, I want to nap (from eating the wrong foods) or I want to do something less physical *from being horribly out of shape). The healthier me will be much happier over all and I think will bring a much better me to my family. I’ve deceided enough was enough.. I’m going to get the healthier me!
Being a healthier me wasn’t all about me though. I realized in the end part of last year that we, as a family, haven’t been eating the way that we should. With so much going on and being as busy as we are, we didn’t meal plan. This made things even worse because we’d eat out or we would eat foods that were quick to make and not always the healthiest. It was also a lot of the same things, like cheeseburgers and spaghetti. While there is nothing wrong with those foods, I think there are much healthier options available. We started doing Wildtree Freezer Meals and that seemed to help with meal planning and eating healthier for dinner, as a family. Now that ment that I needed to hold myself accountable for eating breakfast and making healthier lunch choices. I’ve never been a breakfast person. I know this is also referred to as the healthiest meal of the day, so I had to make myself have a well rounded healthy breakfast. This part i am still working on. Eating a healthier lunch was an easy change for me. I often crave things like steamed vegetables, salads or grilled chicken. All of these are pretty healthy. If I am really on the go I will grab a protein shake, which works too.
A Simple Fitness Routine
Before my accident I was pretty good about my fitness. I was in the gym every day Monday through Friday provided the kids were in school. Now I found myself going to the gym only when my husband goes, which is 2-3 days a week (with his work schedule). I want to work out daily, at least 5 times during the week. I also want a work out that COUNTS. A simple fitness routine that I can keep up with. A routine that wouldn’t flare my Fibromyalgia or cause a Pompe muscle spasm. A routine that is simple enough that I can do it, not a over the top time consuming routine either. I know.. I think I just eliminated every single thing there is for working out. That is until one day, 2 weeks ago, when I got brave enough to put my name on a list. I’ve been following Chelsea (Blush) Pearson
on Instagram for quite a while. She’s so upbeat anbd inspiring. I put my name on her list to be a part of her challenge group for Beachbody’s new 21 Day Fix workout. It’s literally 30 minutes a day! I can give 30 minutes each day to a healthier me. I truly can. That is 30 less minutes a day that I can spend on social media and it really truly isn’t going to hurt me. With that I plunged. I ordered my challenge pack, signed up for her group, emailed Chelsea and went all in. I WAS going to change. I WANTED a new me. I DESIRE and LOATHE for a healthier me. Watch for more of my updates in the 21 Day Fix coming. Our challenge officially begins on February 17th.
How Can You Work Out When You Have A Disability?
The answer is simple: JUST DO IT! Yes, there is some discomfort. Yes, there is some limitations. I alter what I need, step the insity down and just go. I will always have Fibromyalgia. I will always have Pompes. I will always have a severe ankle injury. I will always have these things.. but they will NOT define who I am. They are hurdles, but they are not going to take my life. At least not yet. If I have to work out for 5 minutes and take a break I will. I will do whatever it takes. I WILL get through this. The extra weight that I have put on has without a doubt caused me to have so much more pain with my ankle. It’s also caused me to sit more, which is flaring up my Fibromyalgia and my Pompes. Being healthier will only HELP me, not make me worse.
I have gotten a lot of feedback from people that think pushing myself is actually making me worse. Before I made this choice, I had let myself believe these people for so long. I believed them because it was logical. The truth is, I think those of us with disabilities that are able to push ourselves and work around our obsticles, no matter how big or small, actually intimidate those that don’t have physical routines or fitness plans. In speaking to a wonderful friend Brandy from Not So Average Mama
, she agreed with me sharing “I <3 all the fighters!!!! #NotAVictim #SuckItUp You Are Amazing!!!!” I love Brandy. She deals with RSD and still manages to love a full healthy life. It’s all about overcoming those obsticles, not allowing those obsticles to overcome you.
It’s never too late to start your fitness and health goals. Strive to be a better you. When you are the best you that you can be, you are the best you for yourself, your family and your friends. And with that I leave you with my January 30th Instagram post: