Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Weight Loss

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Living a good, healthy life is hard, but worth it in the end.

Have you tried working out and eating healthy and realized how hard it can be? In my “Eating Too Many Allergy-Friendly Sweets” blog, I wrote about how I ended up gaining weight after developing food sensitivities because I went a little crazy eating too many allergy-friendly sweets. I gained about 5 lbs until I realized I wasn’t eating the healthiest and all I was eating was junk food. Even though I was still working out 5 days a week, I wasn’t burning enough calories for the amount of calories I was taking in. It was time for change.

Exercising and changing my diet is the best choice I could’ve made. I’ve been the healthiest I’ve been in years once I got back into to running. I run 5 days a week and lost 5 lbs so far, leaving me with where I started before I was eating too many sweets. I feel great, I feel healthy, and I’m motivated to keep pushing and keep working hard for a healthy, fit body.

The thing about healthy eating, and exercising especially when you’re trying to lose weight is that it can be so hard and frustrating at times. One week you could be feeling great, you’re down 5 lbs and you’re happy with the progress you made. The next week you could be bloated, have gained a pound or two, and disappointed with yourself wondering what you have been doing wrong. It’s a lot easier to gain a pound than it is to lose a pound. It usually takes about a week to lose 1 pound, but you could gain that 1 pound back in a day. And with weight it’s hard to tell if that 1 pound is fat, if it’s water weight, if you’re just bloated because you’re female and it’s that time of the month, or if it’s muscle. You would think 1 pound wouldn’t affect you that much, but it means a whole lot when it comes to weight and weight loss.

With eating healthy, the hardest part is deciding what to eat along with your likes and dislikes. Sometimes you are so dang hungry that you want something that will keep you full, but what do you eat that is healthy, low in calories, and can fill you up? When you’re out of fruit and healthy snacks or have eaten your fruit for the day, but you’re still hungry, what do you eat then?

The best thing to do is to get rid of all the junk food in your house, stock up on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, that way you have no other options, but to snack on something healthy. At this moment, I have no chips, no candy, no desserts, so when I’m hungry for a snack I have to eat fruit, applesauce, or anything else healthy in my house. The problem with that, like I mentioned before, is what is “healthy”? Can I snack on a protein bar of some sort so I stay full for a decent amount of time? Are certain crackers okay to snack on? When you are dieting on your own, you don’t have all the answers you have questions to, so you don’t know if you actually are eating as healthy as possible.

When you’re struggling with being healthy just know that it is hard, but it is all worth it in the end. Once you get to the results you’ve been wanting, you’ll will be so happy and proud of yourself. It will be hard at times and you will want to give up, but you have to push through it, you’ll be glad you did. Once you get used to it and go through the first month of healthy diet and exercise, it will be so much easier. You will want to wake up and workout. You will grab the fruit instead of a cookie. You will see results and be motivated to keep going. Eating healthier and exercising puts you in a better mindset and you just feel happy, good, and healthy. Just do it.

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