It all started in 2011 when I transferred from community college to wild and wonderful, West Virginia University, 8 hours away from my hometown. It was the first time I was truly on my own for an extended period of time and when hobbies and interests including fitness and health, really started to bloom.
Cheerleading, gymnastics and cross-country running were always on the top of the list for me growing up, but joining a gym for the first time really opened my eyes to the concept of fitness and health. I quickly fell in love with strength training, HIIT workouts, yoga and everything in between. I realized I had complete control over my body and how I wanted it to look by the workouts I did and the food I ate.
Fast forward to 2020, and fitness and health has never been more important to me. It’s been a long journey, and although it hasn’t always been easy, it’s always been worth it.
ACTIVE FITNESS AND HEALTH IS A LIFESTYLE, NOT A QUICK FIX
The moment you realize that the key to fitness and health is knowing it is a longterm journey and not short-term satisfaction, that’s when you will be successful. For a few years, I focused heavily on nutrition and workout programs that allowed you to get into shape quicker by being strict and completely focused day to day, but I found that I wasn’t able to keep up.
Life got busier and the hours in the day felt shorter. I wasn’t always able to get my workout in and I wasn’t always able to eat the perfect meals throughout the day. It made me feel really bad about myself and about my body.
Then one day, it just clicked. What if I make fitness and health something to focus on every day in my own way? What if I make fitness and health work with my schedule instead of the other way around? This was an iconic moment for me, because I tasted freedom as soon as I realized I was in complete control.
Your smart decisions should outweigh the bad ones
Listen, I LOVE my chips, pasta, bread, wine and cold stone ice cream just as much as anyone. The most important lesson to creating a healthy lifestyle is to make a conscious decision to choose healthy food more often than the unhealthy food.
Nutrition makes up for 80% of your fitness journey! That means only 20% needs to be dedicated to working out. If you focus more on the workouts and not enough on nutrition, switch your method and watch the results happen more efficiently.
I’ve trained my mind and body to LOVE healthy food by experimenting and trying foods that I love and can incorporate into my healthy diet.
Here are some of my everyday favorite foods:
- Greek Yogurt
- Almonds & Walnuts
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Almond Milk
- Fresh fruit
- Lean beef
- Whole wheat bread
- SO MUCH WATER
And these are just to name a few.
You only need 20-30 minutes a day to get in an effective workout
You do not need 60+ minutes a day in order to get a good workout in. I personally do not have time for that! Between my 9-5, my blog, my books, my true crime documentaries and catching up with loved ones, I need to be smarter with my time. As long as I am getting a workout in and closing the exercise ring on my Apple iWatch, I’m happy.
This works for me, this makes me happy, and this makes me feel good.
My relationship with fitness and health is positive and inviting, because I made it that way
Once I got past the fears and doubts, I let fitness and health in like a loved friend who I know I can always count on. I continuously choose health because I know that it benefits me not only in the present, but in the future. This girl has too many plans and places she’s going, and I’m not about to let a tired body stop me 🙂
favorite fitness must-haves
What I always remember
My fitness and health journey is about me and not others. My goals and success are mine and are not to be compared to someone else. Looking good is great, but feeling good is even better.