Friday, July 9, 2010

Oh to be healthy...

It's hard! I'm not going to lie, it takes a lot of work to be as healthy as one can be. It's so easy to just go out and buy quick fix meals that are sooo bad for us. And it's so easy to come home and lounge around and not do any sort of physical activity. And the worse is when we are in a rut and can't get out of the routine of not being healthy. Is it just me? Maybe so.
When I was in nursing school all I did was study, work out, and sleep. Maybe do some eating here and there. Nursing school was so challenging and took up all my time. I had no time for friends or play. I got into this routine of working out at the local gym 6 times a week. 6!! I would run for 45 minutes and do weights afterward and 500 sit ups. Needless to say I dropped the lbs right off! Now I couldn't even think about running 45 minutes, I think I burnt myself out on running during that time!
Now I am so not as hard core as I was in nursing school. I wish I was. Who knows what motivated me to be gym rat like that. Maybe it was the need to relieve the stress of school? Maybe I actually liked it? Who knows, but whatever it was, it worked for me at the time.
I do like working out. I love the way I feel afterwards and I love the way my energy goes up. It's just the part about getting the motivation to do it is the problem. I go to the gym and do the machines, and do some classes that I will probably forever go to because I l-o-v-e them! But for right now I am doing the 30 day shred and am hooked. But I think I will be doing it for longer than 30 days =) It has 3 levels and I just went to level 2 and oh. my. lanta. It hurts. I really thought I was going to die. I thought my heart was going to stop. But it didn't (thank god!) and my new challenge is to get to level 3. Along with that I have been trying to eat better. Trying is the operative word. I cannot do diets. Or diet pills. So I try and just eat healthier and still allow the foods I like but smaller or healthier versions. And also, I have a new found love of salmon. We made it the other night and it was good...


And...also notice the homemade healthier version of pasta salad. Which was also yummy. I am by no means a cook but I was pretty impressed with myself. Oh, and this is my hubby's dish, I did without the corn. They say it's all about portions right?!

Happy Friday my friends,

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4 comments:

Kelly said...

Yum...that food looks tasty! I struggle with the motivation to work out too! I have tried the 30 day shred and it is difficult at times, have fun with it! I enjoy pilates and riding my bike...I need to do them both more! :)

melissa h. said...

oooh! would you mind sharing that salmon recipe?? it looks delish!

Elise said...

of course I will give you the recipe! My husband is the one who makes it though since he is in charge of always making the meats (I tend to overcook them!) so I have to get the recipe from him and he's out of town till tonight. I know it involves brown sugar and pecans but I'll get it from him and let you know. You will love it, it's sooo good!

Erin said...

This looks fabulous! And makes me feel bad because we had a salad and a steamer bag w/ pasta veggies and chicken tonight lol. I'd like the recipe for the pasta salad! It all looks so good and healthy!
30Day Shred is killer! Hang in there. I made it to level 2 and then tried her No More Trouble Zones and I like it better, but it is 40 mins.