Get Off your Couch

Get Off your Couch

About 15 years ago I was reading a book on understanding what your body does with the specific fuel you put in your body.  Truly, I was never overweight. I’m blessed with a high metabolism. However, being young, and taking that for-granted, I never considered that I might be unhealthy. At some point, I had accepted that my always being cold, tired and headachy most days and having an erratic sleep pattern was just the way my body was meant to be. It never occurred to me that it could be my diet contributing to these conditions.

I had some serious work to do to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  I also learned to appreciate the process of consciously shopping for healthier ingredients and preparing them at home. I am still learning everyday. I have taken a lot of time to understand food options and how to find the quality food that’s out there and not go broke. I enjoy finding new foods, flavor combinations and ways to incorporate these new ideas into my menu planning at home. Finding foods that helped optimize the way my body worked also gave me the tools to help another people.

In my efforts to eat quality foods and exercise, I have found that I have been able to manage my depression better and maintain a higher level of energy.  When dealing with any issues related to my abuse, I find I cope much easier and can move through a healing process rather than reliving it.  In being able to make my physical body a priority, I’ve been able to manage my emotional priorities too. I feel that the last 2 years have been monumental for me as I’ve been actively working out with specific goals of muscle development and being in the best shape of my life.  Focussing on making myself worthy of having a body that can do everything from keep up with my kids to simply getting out of bed in the morning.  I still have my ups and downs but I have much healthier perspective on things and can work through the tough times without simply wanting to disappear into a dark cave somewhere.

I’ve decided to start talking more about how I’ve made my nutrition and fitness a priority as I think it truly has become a big part of how I’ve been able to look forward and feel good about myself after a childhood of trauma.  It’s been well over 15 years that I’ve been taking steps to improve what I eat and how I treat my body.  During these 15+ years there has been a ton of therapy and support offered to me also. It becomes a bunch of pieces put together to make a whole. In this case, a whole me.   veggie stir fry

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