In past years I had tried making New Years Resolutions, but to no avail they never stick. So I decided to do something a little different this year. I would think of a word that would help define my 2016. It took a while for me to figure it out, but the word came to me last night. The word for my 2016 is: Surrender.
The last couple of months have not been the easiest for me health wise. Nothing too serious and it isn’t life threatening, but it is very annoying and there are days where I feel like the health issues control my life. Last night was one of those nights, but it also was different because that was also my breaking point. It was clear, I needed to surrender and let it go. I suck at that, always have, but this is the year where I am going to grow in that area. It’s not just going to help in health issues that I may have, but also other areas of my life, whether that be in relationships, or jobs etc.
So the motto for the year for me is “Let Go, and Let God” and remember that I cannot control every little thing in my life.
My best friend Heather Schultz just uploaded a video today talking about her fitness routine and as I was watching the video I thought about what I do to stay healthy and fit and what I can do better.
I have never really been one of those people that exercised on a regular basis. Growing up my parents, doctors, and physical therapists would always get on my case about how much I did NOT exercise and how much more I should. I can basically chalk it up to the fact that I was just plain lazy and the fact that I did not like how much it hurt to stretch. But as the years have gone by I have noticed how important it is for me to exercise because it will ultimately help my muscles.
Over the past six months or so I have found myself exercising and stretching more. I tend to exercise with Heather in the mornings and kick some ass by listening to Billy Blanks and doing Tai Bo. I have found though that while the cardio is always good, the stretching is the most important for me, especially the leg lifts (which believe me can be a pain in the ass, but no pain no gain right?)
Eating right is also an important factor. I will admit that I have eaten out a lot in the past and most of the time it has been crap food that is not good for me. But over the last few months I have been more cautious about what I eat. I will make sandwiches, have some Lean Cuisine, or make a salad with some kale, tomatoes and carrots. I have also been a huge Pepsi drinker and I have cut back on my soda intake and substituted it for carbonated flavored waters. The only time that I will have a soda most of the time is when we do go out to eat, and even then I make sure that I have something more on the healthier side to eat.
So, now, I am going to turn the tables onto you and ask you what you do to stay healthy. Do you eat well? Do cardio? Run? I would love to hear your stories. Please leave them below! 🙂