I am sure any of you who browse the “Health & Fitness” category on Pinterest have seen the little motivational posters with quotes, and underneath say “reasonstobefit”, such as this one…
And it got me thinking what are my own reasons for being fit? I can tell you that not that long ago, I was extremely unhappy with myself. See picture below. At this point in my life I was unhappy with a lot, my body, work, self-image, the person I was and even something as petty as my hair. I cut my hair off hoping it would be the change I needed, make me look different, something new. But it didn’t fix a thing, actually it is the least flattering hair cut I could have chosen for myself, which then continued to chip away at my self-confidence. What I wasn’t realizing that it was a change from within is what I was in need of. I had a wonderful husband and supportive family, so what was my problem? ME, I was my own problem. I didn’t like a damn thing about myself. I still find it hard to go back through pictures and see myself slowly change throughout a 3 year time span, weight especially. It is hard to see what I had done to myself, not always physically, but also internally (drinking). Sometimes you don’t notice 5 pounds a year, but than one day it seems to creep up on you, and BAM you wonder how did this happen?? Sometimes you need to hit a point (it felt like rock bottom for me) where you have had enough and are ready to change. Let me tell you, I was ready to change.
The first change, I got engaged (thank the Lord) and the second, I was READY to change. I began slowly dying my hair back to blonde (which some people say that it seems to suit me ;)), growing it out, working out alongside my husband and eating healthier. Between the above picture and my wedding day, I lost about 15 pounds of pure muscle (haha just kidding). Being able to make these changes together with my husband, made me happy. Happy I had a companion who supported me, and I supported him. I changed jobs, and my attitude towards myself. I could look in the mirror without being utterly disgusted with the reflection. Trust me, there are days where I am not happy with the reflection staring back at me (which I am sure happens to every normal human being), but I am learning to accept me for me, every step of my journey.
It is amazing what happens when you start focusing on making yourself happy. It is hard to make others around you happy, if you can’t even make yourself happy. I now take time to focus on me, and that time is spent in the gym. Heck go get your hair or nails done, or treat yourself to a massage (I know we all have a little tension ;)). Sometimes life can get busy, but if you are important enough to yourself you will find a way to make YOU happy. Knowing what I went through stops me from judging others based on their physical appearance, because you have no clue what they are going through at that point their life. I don’t want to judge, I want to HELP in any way, shape or form that I can. It is hard for me to share my story and make myself vulnerable, but if I can help just one person, than it was worth it!
Which now brings me to share my reasons to be fit! There are so many, I love the way it makes me feel, it feels empowering to look in the mirror and see muscle, it gives me much energy, I only have to make one trip into my house with my groceries, it makes me strong both in body and mind, it makes me feel self-worth, it gives me a reason to get up early in the morning, and most important it makes me happy!
What are your reasons to be fit?
But on a lighter note, I made a new recipe last night! I made my husband try them, and he loved them, but sometimes I am not sure if he has tastes buds or they actually are good ;). But here is what I came up with..
Pina Colada Muffins
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 ripe banana
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup almond milk
2 scoops vanilla protein
1 tbsp chia seeds
3-4 packets stevia
1 tsp baking powder
*some measurements are approximate, as I am bad for measuring everything!
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
2. Place batter into a muffin pan (I used a silicone muffin pan)
3. Bake for 15 minutes
This recipe will yield 12 small muffins (about half the size of a normal muffin)
Add a little almond/peanut butter on top, and you have snack that is to die for! Enjoy!
What is the best muffin recipe you have ever made? Please feel free to share with me, as I am always looking for something new to cook in the kitchen! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message me!