In this life of mine, it’s becoming more clear that it’s all just one big balancing act. Perhaps I was more determined as a younger person, but now, as I settle into my late 20s, I’m just not willing to sacrifice certain things.
When it comes to health, I’m not willing to give up some of my favorite things (wine, ice cream, salty crackers). I don’t want to partake in drab dinners or on-the-go sustenance that leaves me hungry. I want to be healthy and mindful, but only if it means I am enjoying my days and what they constitute–and this extends beyond food (though I so often channel these thoughts through meals).
I guess that means it’s a constant give and take. So, on a quiet Wednesday, I’ll throw together a salad of items soon-to-be perishing in the ‘fridge.
Which, in turn, will clear my conscience of eating an orange-dreamsicle cupcake made for a special someone. After all, no one should partake in dessert alone.
And perhaps, just maybe, there is some form of a middle ground. An item that will not only fuel this body but will do so in a a way that satiates my sweet tooth.
All of this to say that I’m gaining a deeper appreciation of the way I live through food and exercise. For the first time since 2008, I am truly regaining my passion for being fit and healthy. Tomorrow marks two weeks of the Insanity program, and I can feel my body changing. I am feeling more comfortable in my skin. I have more energy. I am getting stronger and able to get through the program with a slight bit of ease. And, most importantly, this has brought about a new wave of confidence that I haven’t had in quite some time.
Amazing what just being on a program can do–and how much it helps to be emotionally stable and content.