Today I’m linking up over at HealthyLivingBlogs.com for their Healthy Living Tuesday Posts. The topic is “Healthy Living Freed me From…”
Healthy living has become so much more than just a way to categorize my blog… it has become my life. When I first started my weight loss journey it was more about getting skinny rather than about finding healthy. I tried so many different “fad diets” including HCG and the diabetic diet. I lost some weight here and there, but nothing too notable.
After discovering I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and then having my daughter in 2010 I realized that I needed to be more concerned about my overall health instead of my weight. In my early 20s I was told that I had high cholesterol. While not exactly surprised due to my family history, that was another wake up call. You see my grandmothers on BOTH sides passed away from heart issues at very young ages (50s-60s), my uncle on my dads side passed away from a heart attack at 30, and my dad had a heart attack at 36, has a pacemaker, and has had several heart surgeries since. As far as heart health goes, the cards were not stacked in my favor. Obviously being significantly overweight didn’t make those odds any better. Neither did the weekly Pizza night, soda, or other fast food. I knew that if I wanted to be around for my daughter I had to learn how to live healthy.
Pizza night was replaced with salads or lettuce wraps, soda was exchanged for water or tea, and other fast food replaced with having healthy meals and snacks prepped in advance. Working out became the norm instead of sleeping in.
Instead of feeling fear or shame, I am now proud of my progress and my health. I’ve lost 40+lbs so far and am happier than I have ever been.
I also know that I am setting a good example for my daughter. I knew that growing up a “chubby” kid was hard. I didn’t ever want to have her go through that. By making healthy living the norm in our house I hope to make it easy for her to make healthy choices in the future. She already loves to exercise with us and has even done her first 5k!
So, I would say that Healthy Living Freed me from living in fear of heart disease, self sabotage, and 40lbs of unwanted fat (so far!). It has also helped me learn to ENJOY life more.
What has healthy living freed you from?