We are so accustomed to doing things for others without a second thought, but when it comes to ourselves we just keep putting it off. That was me my whole life until I started to feel walls closing in and realizing I needed to make some positive changes. I had gained weight, stopped exercising and had gotten into some unhealthy habits.
So I decided to change. First of all, I started a new healthy eating regimen, after my doctor told me I needed to even though I was on cholesterol meds, because of my family history of heart problems, I decided to listen to his advice. This coupled with the fact that my daughter was getting married and I wanted to look and feel beautiful that day. So my new journey began….
First, I started cleaning my eating completely. No more junk or processed foods. It meant more planning of meals. This was also going to benefit my husband, who has some health issues, to eat healthier. Food shopping took longer but included lists of recipes and foods to include. I looked for high-protein, low carb foods to infuse my diet with color and taste. I scanned Pinterest daily for new recipes to cook fish, some new vegetables I discovered (butternut squash, escarole) and varieties of chicken recipes to get rid of the “Oh not chicken again” reaction to dinner.
Next, along with a good friend, I checked out some exercise studios near me. I started by going to use machines but felt as if I was bored and needed something more to keep me interested. We tried a few local places that offer a free class and finally found a place we now go to about four times a week. I started enjoying yoga, piloxing, Zumba and triple fit programs. And before you know it, the pounds came off and my confidence grew. I am proud to say that I lost over 20 pounds and tightened up to looking spectacular at my daughter’s wedding if I can brag just a little bit.
It would be the first and only brag of my life. So now every day I push myself to remember how I felt that day and try to stick to my new plan. Some days I do slip up (especially on vacation) but the trick is to not beat yourself up, but rather to remind yourself of your humanness and the need to work on ourselves every day. It is a day to day journey. Keep putting yourself first in your own life… you only get one to live so give it your all and reach for the stars.
Elaine Gallagher is an elementary educator and publishes a blog entitled HealthELiving. Through this she has shared her journey to a healthier lifestyle. I just wanted to thank Elaine for contributing to my guest blogger showcase through February 2019. I keep getting more and more submissions in from amazing bloggers all over the world and I feel honored to share their stories. You can see the blog post I shared on Elaine’s blog here – my Classic Rock Sunday Morning Playlist.