Running Off The Beaten Path

All my life I’ve tried to make everybody happy while I just hurt and hide;

Waiting for someone to tell me it’s my turn to decide- Sara Bareillis

I have decided to get serious with my health and fitness. I’ve never been a good runner, but I’ve found that running is kind of my thing because when I run outside I can discover new things about myself and the things around me. I get to see how my little town teems with activity at different times in the day. I also get to have some quiet time to myself when I run in the morning. 

So, here’s to taking back my body and becoming the baddest bitch I can be.

Age: 19 years old.

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 152lbs. 

Goals:

  • Lose 20% of body fat.
  • Gain muscle (?)
  • Run 5 miles without stopping.

And most importantly:

  • Be happy with my body and feel healthy.

To some 152lbs at 5’6″ may not seem like much, but with my family’s history of obesity, diabetes, heart disease added onto my depression and fibromyalgia, I need to kick it before it starts. 90% of my family on BOTH sides are overweight and close to obesity if they haven’t hit that mark yet. 

The three main components of a healthy lifestyle are:

  1. Hydration: most important. Staying hydrated with WATER helps kick your body and mind into start mode and can help clear your skin and shed fat. Just all around healthy for you.
  2. “Diet”: Or as I like to call them, eating habits. Healthy eating habits is a least 70% of a healthy life style. Listening to your body, as Sarah from Sarah’s Day says, and knowing what is healthy and what isn’t is important. A good starting point is the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy and then 20% indulgence. Slowly build and get the hang of things before you through yourself in. Instead of having a pot of macaroni and cheese for dinner, try looking in Pinterest for healthier alternatives. If you really want a burger or sandwich, skip the Big Mac and go for the grilled chicken instead. It’s still like a burger, but with a healthier alternative. There’s no added mayonnaise or unnecessary fatty sauces. It’s better to start simple and build up. 

And last, but not least, Exercise: I know, I know, how could I ever find the time of day for exercise, let alone running while being a full time working college student? Well, waking up earlier is a good thing, as well as going to sleep earlier. Getting that eight hours every night is VERY important if I want to even have the chance to get up in the morning for whatever it is I’m doing. I’m not much of a morning person, but I am slowly training myself to get up earlier, because honestly, if I wait until later on in the day, I’m not going to have the motivation to do anything after a full day of work and classes. I’m going to want to go home and binge watch Netflix.

Some easy, but tasty recipes that have helped my so far are linked below. There are three.

  1. Chicken teriyaki with vegetables and riceChicken Teriyaki Bowl
  2. Overnight Oats: Brownie Overnight Oats 
  3. Smoothies: 5 Easy Smoothies

They sound delicious right? These have always been my go-to when I just can’t decided what to make. And, you can get them for cheap too! A lot of these ingredients are simple and can be found at your local grocery store. Something else that is awesome is that, if you need to substitute any of these ingredients according to your dietary needs, you can! 

I’m not doing this because “society is pressuring me” or because “I want to be like the models,” because I don’t. I’m doing it for me, and for once I’m making myself a priority. With a healthy diet and exercise, I am wanting to feel healthy and happy. 

I can’t wait to start this journey! Thank you for reading, and as always..

Be the baddest bitch you can be.

Lynn

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