How I Stay In Shape

I’ve been on this health journey for 11 years and counting, and the first and most important thing I can tell you is : it’s all about the lifestyle. 

I’m not talking about “lose weight fast” “how to get abs” “how to get your beach body by Summer” , I’m talking about physical fitness, which you can read about all 5 components of physical fitness here. There’s no quick way to get there, because it’s not a single destination, it’s a constant effort to stay in good shape.

When I was 16, I lost 50lbs in 3 months in a very unhealthy way. I took diet pills, I starved myself, and when I did eat, I would force myself to throw it up. Once I went 14 days without a single morsel of food. I told people I was “fasting”. At first I was excited about looking thinner, I was always a ‘thick’ girl and finally I was skinny. I loved the compliments and the attention I was getting. But deep down, I felt disgusting, I hated myself, I hated what I was doing to my body because I knew it was wrong. I didn’t know how to get myself out of this eating disorder I had accquired. So I started doing research. And that is when my fascination with health and fitness began. I was desperate to start eating and not feeling guilty about it, so I knew the only way to get myself eating again was to eat heathy foods.

At age 16 I began looking into the healthiest foods to eat. Over the years my idea of healthy has changed, but I have continued to put in effort in bettering myself. Now I am 27 and I am the healthiest, strongest, and leanest I’ve ever been. I am flexible and my body is toned. I am so confident in my own skin and let me tell you how I’ve gotten myself there.

Also, I want to point out that this is just the way I live my life and I’m not saying you need to do all these things to be in good shape. Everyone has a different experience and all bodies are different. These are just some of the things that work for me.

Healthy Eating

Well duh. Eating healthy foods is an absolute priority of mine. I prefer whole foods that have not been processed. I’m talking about whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, and of course fruits and veggies. This makes up the majority of my food, but I also consume meat alternatives, tofu, dairy free milks, bars and protein powder. Sometimes I will indulge in a frozen treat like almond dream ice cream.

No fast food. I do not eat fast food, and I don’t believe in the whole “everything in moderation” crap. No I don’t think fast food is okay here and there. I also don’t think cigarettes are okay here and there. I also don’t think murdering people is okay here and there. Yes I know that escalated quickly, but my point is, some things are just plain bad and should not be done in moderation or whatsoever.

Make food at home. This is very important to me. Yes sometimes I get invited out to brunch or dinner with friends or family. For the most part I usually decline and suggest cooking food together at home or something else. Sometimes, I will go out and find a restaurant with healthy plant based options that I feel comfortable eating. I like having control over which ingredients I use and how my food is prepared. I do not feel that I am missing out by not going out with friends, I just truly prefer to make my own food because I feel a very strong connection with the foods I eat and I like to be a part of the preparation process. Which brings me to my next point.

Tracking my food intake. You can stop wishing, and hoping and wondering if you’re eating right. All you have to do is track your food and you’ll know exactly what’s going into your body. There are times I do not track my meals, but I’ll still work out hard and I’ll choose healthy foods and I’ll think everything is going great, but I’ll still find myself getting softer and gaining fat. When I want to take the guessing out of my diet and I really want to take control, I just stick to tracking my meals. It’s so much easier and accurate to track your foods when you make them at home rather than eat out. My caloric intake is not the most important thing to me, rather, I look at my macronutrients (carbs, fats and protein) and I try to make sure my ratios are on point. I also look at all the nutritional information to make sure I’m getting all my vitamins and minerals. I use MyFitnessPal to track my meals.

Physical Fitness

You know this is my favorite subject and I am so passionate about moving my body and staying active and giving my muscles a load to lift so I can gain strength, endurance and power. I think of my body as a machine and I want my machine to be performing at its peak so that I can live my life to it’s highest quality.

All 5 components. I train for muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascuar endurance, and flexibility, which is all outlined in this post. You cannot consider yourself physically fit if you’re not addressing all these parts.

Mix it up. Don’t get stuck in a routine. Yes, I run. Yes, I ride my stationary bike. Yes, I lift heavy weights. Yes I lift lighter weights. I use free weights and machines. I take group classes and I workout solo. I do yoga religiously and I teach it too. I do water aerobics with the seniors cause I know it has so many benefits. I take long slow walks with my husband. I go on long intense hikes with him too. I like the stairmaster and I like CrossFit. I like to swim and I like HIIT. If it’s a workout, I want to do it. And I want to exercise everyday. It gives me happiness. 

Being a healthy and active person is my biggest passion. It’s what I think about as I lay in bed falling asleep. I want to help others live life to their highest quality and that’s why I become a fitness instructor and that’s why I’m going to school for kinesiology. The happiness and confidence that being in shape has given me is something I want to share with everyone.

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you thought about my post.

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