Little changes, big difference

Happy Tuesday!

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I wanted to share the first healthy recipe that wasn’t my own that I tried for dinner today, which was a flour free breakfast pancake. I found the recipe at fANNEtastic food’s blog, and you can find the link for it here! I went for it today because I had most of the ingredients and was in the mood for something new. I topped it with some Greek yogurt and blueberries. It looked kinda gross when it was cooking, and I had to improvise with some oats instead of flaxseed grounds, but it still tasted so yummy!

I can’t believe how much more energy I feel like I have since last week. I’ve tried eating less at meals instead of eating until I felt full, and it still feels like I’m getting enough, and I’m not starving myself the entire day. I’ve also cut back on the in-between meals snacks, and I realized that I’m really only eating them because I’m bored. Whenever I turn to go get something quick, I just drink some water instead and see if that curbs the need first.

When I began running on a regular basis last week I had also tried giving up caffeine at the same time. At first it was hard. Really hard. Like going-to-bed-at-7-pm hard. I was so tired. But after keeping up with it (and just two coffees since last Tuesday! It’s a big accomplishment, I promise), I feel like I don’t need to rely on caffeine in the morning to get me through the day. Now the exercise is actually training my body to need less sleep! Getting a routine down and my body used to the work and a few diet changes has really helped me to stop hitting that wall of exhaustion around 5:00 everyday. I am excited to see what more workouts and healthy eating will do for me!


I’m Done.

That doesn’t sound like a very encouraging title for a first blog post.

What I mean is I’m done with giving excuses as to why I’m not living the way I want. I want to eat more things that are good for me. I want to be able to run a race under a 10-minute pace. I want to make time for working out and planning healthy meals. Yes, I am busy. I am a college student, I have a job, and although my brother would probably tell you otherwise, I do have friends. That can make for a fairly full schedule, but I really would (and should) like to have exercising and eating well as some type of priority, too.

That’s not to say I am totally unhealthy. I ran in a 5k this weekend. My mom and I run in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon every year. And I don’t only eat cake (although, it may have served as my breakfast once before). But, I typically only work out when I know I need to, like when I am training for a race. And although I don’t only eat cake, I also don’t only eat kale (I never eat kale).

I think I’ve finally gotten the kick in the butt I need to actually do this. Although I don’t know how it’s going to happen yet, I thought I would chronicle my changes to keep myself accountable and maybe find some inspiration to give and get back from others. These changes I want to make aren’t going to happen overnight, and I’m probably going to slip up. But I’m human, and I’ve gained enough inspiration from others already that I don’t want to give up on this. This is going to be a lifelong journey of changes.

Why do I think I need these changes? I’m not fat, but I’m not skinny either. I’m not doing this so I can look good in a bikini. I want to have more energy, and learn to make healthier choices that I can continue to make for the rest of my life. I mean, if a hot bod happens to be a side effect, I won’t be complaining, either. But that’s not the focus. I can live with how I look. These changes are something I’ll be able to keep with me my entire life, and hopefully pass along to others.

There have been so many people who have motivated me to start this process already – friends, family, even bloggers or writers I’ve never met – that got me thinking: If I did this, maybe I could be one to inspire others as well. So I thought it would be cool to take this journey alongside you all. Actually, right now I am probably speaking to no one, since this is my first post. And I’ve probably written too much that even if someone did come across this blog, they’ve already stopped reading. So I should probably finish this up.

I’m ready to make the change. Hopefully there will eventually be some others who will join in following this journey, and maybe gain some inspiration of their own to do it as well! I’m sure this will develop some type of structure as I go along, so those of you that bear with me, I promise it will get better 🙂

Thanks for reading!