Throughout my life I’ve always been physically active. I love to run and exercise and I truly enjoy the pain from having a good workout! I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s true! Now that I’m in my 40’s, I’m much more aware of my physical being and how food and exercise affects me, my daily life and my moods.
I started to become more accountable for my food consumption after the birth of my second child. I was 35 years old and I had to work very hard to loose those last 10 pounds of baby weight. What has helped me tremendously is logging my calories and my exercise routines. Several years ago one of my sister’s introduced me to a wonderful weight loss app called My Fitness Pal. It is an extremely helpful app to help you keep track of your food intake, calories burned during workouts (which can be synced from most fitness apps) and I love to receive the support from my friends and family who are on it as well. Once I committed to the routine of My Fitness Pal, I found myself loosing those last few pounds from pregnancy and fitting into my favorite clothes in no time!
Over the years I’ve seen my weight fluctuate between 5-10 pounds. I’ve realized that what I weigh is not as important as how I feel in my clothes and my overall mood and health. Our bodies are these amazing machines that never rest! Even while we are sleeping our body is hard at work pumping blood through our veins, storing energy and allowing our physical being to recharge for the next day.
Lately, I find myself asking these questions, “Am I fueling this machine properly? Am I giving it the proper nourishment it needs to help me be my very best? How can I take care of my body so I can continue to live a healthy life and be around for my family?” I’ve been paying attention to my body and watching for clues of what it might need or what it might have had too much of. Our body tells us when we are hungry, when we’ve had too much to eat or too much to drink, when we need to rest, when we need to exercise. It sends us messages everyday all day, so we can continue to be productive and live our daily lives. Once you start to hone in on the messages your body is sending you, you might be surprised how amazing your body truly is!
I would like to make clear that I am not a licensed physician, personal trainer or dietician, so the posts on the blog are suggestions only and any changes in your diet and or exercise routine should be discussed with your physician.
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