What Does It Mean To Be Healthy? It’s Not All About Looks!

Being healthy is a mental state AND a physical state.

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My weight loss journey since 2013

Have you ever seen women on social media advertising their fast weight loss results? I see them all the time on my FB and IG newsfeed.  They don’t show the emotional or physical struggles or what regimen they followed to get there but they guarantee you that their product will give you results in a short period of time. These posts scream out SHORTCUTS AND FALSE CLAIMS!

The picture above shows my weight loss in the last few years. It also shows what yo-yo dieting and “fast weight loss programs” have done to me. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. Being that I didn’t know anything about health, nutrition or taking care of myself through a healthy lifestyle, I used to resort to weight loss programs that guaranteed fast results. And they did just that!

My Journey

In 2013, I lost almost 50lbs eating frozen meals (from a popular brand) and working out maybe once or twice a week. I was barely consuming 2000 calories a day and I was feeding my body processed foods. I lost 50lbs in about 5 months which is not the norm. At this time, I didn’t know how to cook healthy foods and all I cared about was losing weight for the summer. Guess what happened a few months later?

In 2014, I gained all the weight back plus another 10lbs. This has been the heaviest I’ve ever been. This kind of weight increase is not only very unhealthy for you but it also impacts your mental health. You don’t feel confident or good about yourself. You feel like you’re in a body that isn’t yours. You’re not yourself. I knew I had to change but it wasn’t the right time. I was too busy with work and life that I just put that aside for 2015.

2015 came around. Nothing changed other than I started getting tired of feeling like crap all the time. My weight remained constant and I had no motivation to do anything. Sitting on the couch and eating junk food was the norm. But deep down I knew this couldn’t last anymore. I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel good and look good but I also wanted to show my son how to be healthy. I had no idea where to even begin. So I hired a nutritionist/coach to get me started. I decided to change my health in December 2015. At first I wasn’t really sticking to her plan but then I saw an interview from Russell Simmons about health and veganism and everything just clicked for me. The rest is history.

A Healthy Mind = A Healthy Body

In Jan 2016, I began to learn about a healthy lifestyle, changed our diet to a plant based one, became juicing addicts, started exercising 5 days a week and began changing our lifestyle to a healthier one.  It took me a year to really understand how to lose weight the natural way, and the true definition of being healthy. I knew that going the natural route would take longer and more work, but I was committed to only doing it this way! Since then I’ve lost 40 lbs and have kept it off but not only that I’m in the best shape of my life physically, emotionally and mentally which is what being healthy is really about.

The struggle was real ladies. The journey has been long and hard but once you experience a healthy lifestyle, there’s no way you’ll go back. It’s a lifestyle that requires commitment and perseverance every single day but also comes with so many rewards starting with how you feel inside.

Looking good is always a plus for me but focusing on feeling good inside, being able to play with my son without getting out of breath or just having energy to get through my day without dreading it is what really matters to me.  I encourage you to focus on your health, whether it’s to feel good in and out, or to get mental clarity to pursue your goals, or to get in the best shape of your life.

You don’t need those weight loss programs, pills, teas or shakes that promise fast results. All you need to do is:

  • Eat your veggies
  • Eat your fruits
  • Start juicing once a day
  • Avoid junk food
  • Eliminate sugar
  • Manage carbs and
  • Workout a few times a week

You don’t need to starve yourself or count calories to get healthy because eating healthy is a lifestyle. You lose the weight and keep it off.

The first step in getting healthy is to change your definition of healthy. When I realized that being healthy was not all about looks, my whole life changed. And when I realized that you can be healthy the all natural way, my journey began.

Change your health and change your life, not just your looks.

Thank you for reading my post. Please like and share if you believe that this information can motivate or inspire someone who needs to start their health journey.

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