Becoming A Healthier New You

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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!

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy You, Fitness, Health, Exercise

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:

 

Comments

31 Responses to “Becoming A Healthier New You”

  1. February 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    LOVE your attitude! I am rooting for you! :)

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much Lara!

  2. February 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Once I have this baby I’m definitely going to try for a new healthy lifestyle. I know it would benefit me a lot

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      You can do it Jennifer! I think that out children mimic us. My children are already showing interest in fitness/sports just because they want to follow along. I love doing mommy & me yoga! That’s so fun with the kids!

  3. February 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

    You are absolutely right that each day is a choice! I’m rooting for you!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks!! So far so good! Saying good bye to 6 pounds and still going!

  4. February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Yes, there is always something we can do. It may be harder for some, but there is always something.

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I agree! I’ve tried a lot of things, but I’ve found stretching and mat work is my best friend!!

  5. February 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    What a great mindset. I, too, was once a nay sayer and I believe its all mind over matter. Once your mind is there the rest of you will get there too.

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Jennifer, you are correct. I am already feeling better about my progress, my health and my weight!

  6. February 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Personal motivation is the best start you can give yourself when it comes to fitness. The rest will fall into place with hard work!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Cat! You are very right!

  7. February 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Go Bobbie!!! I am really excited for you! This is definitely were you need to be and I am really looking forward to hearing more from you. It isn’t about numbers on a scale or photos from a gym, it is about a healthy mind and that comes from a healthy body.

    I have heard about Wildtree Freezer meals before but have NO idea what they are. I want to try them so I’m off to read that post. Thank you!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Annie. The freezer meals have definitely helped get the family and I eating better. I am striving to replace the ingredients with more clean and raw foods. I love that the kids eat healthier. I am finding myself with more energy and I am moving towards that healthy mind.. which is the first step for being all around healthy! If you have questions on the freezer meals let me know!!

  8. February 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    It sounds like you’re really in a good place and ready to battle. You’ll do this and 21 days makes a habit so you’ll be well on the way when the challenge wraps!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Yes! You are correct! 21 days and the old habit is fixed by a new one. 8 days in, I’m already feeling so much better. I think I’ve “broken” the old habit. I love the foods I am eating and the energy I have. It beats naps and fatigue!

  9. February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    High five to you! It is very challenging to find a workout routine that works when you have health issues and injuries, because it’s that fine balance between not making your injury worse by aggravating it, and not making it worse by atrophy/not exercising. It’s really frustrating and takes time to figure out. When I was dealing with knee injury, I’d get so frustrated at workouts that were supposed to be low-impact, but were still completely impossible for me. I hated being stuck only being able to go for walks and do gentle physiotherapy stretches, but gradually I got my mobility back bit by bit and was able to start doing more. You are doing an awesome job of finding what the right thing for YOU is and keeping a great attitude!!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Beeb! It is a very very fine line. I am finding that stretches and “mat work” are the best things for me with my ankle injury and the fact I can trip over myself of the wind blows! I am determined though and I might not be doing as extreme as I’d like, but I’m doing what my body will allow!

  10. February 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Woohoo! Way to go! This was just the reminder I needed to get out of my office chair and get active. I need to spend more time focused on me.

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Spending a small amount of time on you, doing something to make yourself healthy happy and fit, benefits you later in life and your family as well! You can do it!

  11. February 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Good for you on the attitude that you can’t let your disability get in the way! I hit the gym twice a week unless there are issues with scheduling and then I’m a total grump. Funny how a fitness routine can become just that… a routine that we need!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I think a routine is the key to success. I have made myself get up and push for 30 minutes (as long as my body allows it) every morning. It’s amazing how much better I feel throughout the day.

  12. February 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great advice about getting out there to just do it!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      It’s tough.. But putting it off just makes it harder. 1 day at a time.. 1 pound at a time.

  13. February 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What a great attitude you have! Just take one day at a time.

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Ashley! So far so good! I am so much more energized eating healthy and clean!

  14. February 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Best of luck on your journey! I just started using My Fitness Pal today to make myself more aware of the way I eat and make changes.

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      My Fitness Pal is a great way to keep yourself accountable! I use it too and I love that it will pop up and remind me to log my meals and what not! I hope it works well for you!

  15. February 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Once you get motivated, the rest is easy. Good luck!

    • Bobbie
      February 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Nikki! I am very motivated! I have switched to clean eating and doing the best I can for 30 minutes of exercise a day. My first week was 2″ and 6 pounds lost. I am very happy about that and it has motivated me to continue eating better for me and also keep attempting a workout of some sort.. Whatever my body will allow.

  16. August 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    impressive blog to read..i would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this blog..keep sharing more. Thanks!

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