Gettin' Healthy

I love to ride my bicycle

It is so hard to resist salt and vinegar chips!

So I don’t! I really don’t deny myself anything. If I want it, I eat it. I usually will try to mind the portion but there are definitely times that I throw caution to the wind and just eat my way through a row of Oreo cookies. I have found though, that the more I concentrate on eating healthy, the more “slip ups” I have. Those Oreos are so much more tempting when I tell myself I absolutely cannot eat them.

What I try to do, is just keep a bunch of healthy options in the house and avoid buying that pack of Oreos in the first place. That makes it much more likely that I will reach for a couple cashews or an apple. I’ve also learned that the healthier I eat, the less my body can even handle the junk food. It throws off my whole digestive system, I feel sluggish and my face breaks out. That can happen after one day of eating junk for me. By junk I mean McDonalds, Pizza, Chinese food… Basically anything delicious! I love all that stuff but we are pretty strictly budgeted which doesn’t allow a whole lot of eating out. That helps! Do you know how much money you are spending a week on eating out? It’s probably more than you think! It was for us. So many extra dollars spent and calories collected than necessary. I have never once regretted making grilled chicken and vegetables rather than driving through for a happy meal.

The same goes for working out. I have never once regretted working out. The adrenalin rush I get after a good workout is so great. Being a stay at home Mom is a great gig but there are definitely times that are more challenging than others. We are going through a pretty tough stage right now. We have an almost 3 year old and a 5 1/2 year old. They are both SO emotional and irrational right now. It takes a lot of patience and inner strength to get through the day. Working out helps with that dramatically.  I am so much happier and patient after a work out!

With the warmer weather, we have been taking a lot of walks and going for bike rides. Let me tell you, pulling 70+ pounds in a bike trailer up hill is an insane workout and it’s such a great reward to be able to coast down the other side. It is so great to be enjoying the outdoors again! This is the time of year when Michigan really shines.

On that note… go play!



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