For many of my teen years, I struggled with having an eating disorder– I would get really skinny, just to turn around and “puff” back up. I maintained this pattern for many years never thinking about the consequences of my actions and how I was hurting myself, my body, and my self-esteem.
In 2010, I was in a bad car accident and sustained injuries to my neck and back, putting me out of working out for 4 years. I started nursing school around the same time and I let my diet go as well as not being able to workout. The photo on the left was taken while I was vacationing in Puerto Rico a few years after becoming a mom. After a long break and a major set back, I finally got the release from my neurologist last year who said that despite still having injuries, I could start working out again. Since then, I have been working out and fueling my body properly. No more eating disorder, no more letting myself go. I knew I had to make positive changes in my life and start taking better care of myself. I am sharing my transformation for anyone who thinks it is impossible, for anyone who has given up and let themselves go, to show that you have to love yourself enough to want better for yourself. Yes, some days are harder than others, but you have to continue to push yourself and never give up. Love yourself and your body first and foremost, you only get one!
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Dinner, a movie, some flowers and chocolates. This is the recipe for every boring, cliche, overplayed, not to mention unhealthy, Valentine’s Day date ever created. This Valentine’s Day why not mix it up a little bit, and add a little bit of fitness fun to your celebratory festivities. It doesn’t matter if you live in a cold or warm climate, there are always outdoor fitness options. And if you prefer indoor activities, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too. Afterall once you’ve found your swolemate, it should be nothing but the best for you and them.
With the holiday’s coming up, you may be having trouble trying to fit everything you need to get done into your day. But that doesn’t mean that you can skip out on your workouts. Skipping workouts now is a slippery slope that not only puts a stop to your current progress, but may also make future progress more difficult to achieve. This time of year it’s easy to get caught up in overeating, poor sleep schedules and over booking your time. This 15 minute HIIT workout will help you to stay on track with your daily workouts even when you feel like you have no time though. Because although you may have to shorten your workouts a few days this holiday season, there’s no reason to skip them all together.
It’s the holiday season and among all of the hustle and bustle there’s one chore that you just can’t afford to put on the back burner until the very last minute. And that’s planning your holiday menu. Planning a healthy holiday menu is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay on track during the holidays with your healthy eating. The best part is that thanks to this list of delicious christmas recipes, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from without having to worry about skimping on flavor.