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Is Ignorance Really Bliss- In this particular instance the answer is YES! Journey to a healthier me

We all have to start somewhere and this is where I am at today!

Fit & healthy and this photo does not show a fit or healthy person on the outside!  Fitness and good health always starts within with good choices and habits!  Now my attitude and choices are right and my body will reflect that in the future!

Everyone’s lives are a result of all their past thoughts or actions.  Whatever decisions you’ve made up to this point in your life has lead to the life you life today.

My body is the result of all of my poor choices for the last 38 years of my life and one week ago I made a decision to get healthy and fit.  In 365 days the results will be dramatically different!  I am not ashamed to admit my past failures and to be fully accountable for myself instead of making excuses.

The Accidental Health & Fitness Fanatic!

I never once would have ever believed you if you had predicted the future and told me that I would have a Health and Fitness Page on my blog!  I would have slapped your back and laughed in your face but now I am laughing all the way to my weight loss goals!

I was never a person who cared about health and fitness and it shows in my dis-ease-d body which has been diagnosed with hypertension, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), obesity and metabolic syndrome.  I don’t have any control over the management of one of my diseases (HS) but I can do something about the other three!

I started to learn about health and fitness when I decided to seek out recipes of the foods I love to eat so you could say it all began with one little curiosity and exploded into an entire overhaul of my life, my choices and my future living.  I realized that what I put in my body affects me in every way possible so I needed to pay attention to what I put in it.

*I know that sounds really obvious and you would think I would have known this before, but I really didn’t “know it” like I “know it” now and even coaches like me need a moment to really get “it!”*

The necessity for home made foods sparked my interest in healthier foods

I began attempting to make Korean Mak Kimchi (translates to Easy Kimchi) and my first batch was completely inedible and had to be thrown out.  I wanted to start making it at home because I can literally eat it every single day and it was very expensive to purchase pre-made.  My first attempt taught me that the process of fermenting cabbage was not simple and straight-forward so I went digging for scientific data to help me understand where I went wrong.

The information I found on fermentation all pointed to the same thing – fermented foods are super healthy and promote good gut health but most especially fermented cabbages like kimchi and sauerkraut.  That sparked my interest about “bad” gut health and going gluten free and my interest in eating healthier exploded from there on out!

I accidentally went on a gluten free diet and didn’t even know what it meant to eat gluten free prior to learning about it when I was seeking a bone broth recipe.  I learned all about it’s health benefits when seeking a homemade ramyun recipe so I could still eat my favorite food while cranking up the flavor profile by a few notches.  Click here to read My Accidental Gluten Free Diet.

I then went on a quest to learn more about the banchan side dishes I wanted to eat everyday and then I journeyed into home made bone broths so we could eat healthier ramyun instead of sodium and MSG laden Top Ramen Noodles.

Exercise for dummies by a dummy!!  

I accidentally walked 2 miles and thought it was a mere quarter or half mile!  I did a big stupid happy dance when I realized I clocked 2 miles on foot and didn’t give up or pass out!  I call this little phenomenon of mine exercise for dummies by a dummy!  I hope you take with tongue in cheek because I am not calling anyone a dummy.  I am merely pointing at myself for being a dummy about it all, but it worked to my own advantage in this case!

Read how I didn’t realize I was walking 2 miles a day and how knowing the distance might have stopped me before I even began.  It was proof to myself that I needed to evaluate the way I was thinking about my health and fitness.  Click here to read the post Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Again, all that I was doing and learning sparked far more interest and I am still at this moment learning more and more each day.  I started using My Fitness Pal and Map My Walk which makes my life so much easier and helps track my progress for me!  Read about it in My Accidental Gluten Free Diet as I included it in that post entirely.  

“If you can’t love yourself then how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?  Can I get an Amen?” – RuPaul

I started to realize that self love is super important on my journey to health and fitness and I wrote all about it in my post In the Famous Words of RuPaul…My Favorite Drag Queen.  I had abused and neglected myself for years and I made a decision and a commitment to myself to stop and to start loving myself, nourishing my body and nurturing my soul with positivity.

That and a serious desire to look good naked because I will be turning 40 soon and my husband is 12 years younger than me so I owe it to myself to become a hot, fresh cougar that my hubby can be proud to show off to his peers!  And I will admit that I am tired of looking like a worn down and haggardly old lady and I feel and look that way when I don’t eat right or exercise!  Proof is in the photo!

365 Days, but taking it all one day at a time

I cannot wait to see the total difference in 365 days but for now, I am taking it just one day at a time.  One challenge at a time and one step at a time.  I made the commitment to start walking my kids to and from school one week before school started back up and I felt serious anxiety and apprehension that I might not succeed in doing it daily for that entire week prior.  I had the same goal a year ago and failed miserably and it felt terrible to remind myself of my previous failure.

I was determined this time around to do it, commit to it, and make no more excuses and I find that it gets easier and easier to walk everyday now.  I do feel tired when I get home and I do spend a small part of the day wondering if I should just pick them up in my truck but I keep telling myself that I am cheating myself out of good health when I make the same comfortable choices I used to make for 38 years.

The same holds true for my food choices daily.  It’s easy to eat healthy when I eat nothing but Korean Cuisine because it’s mostly brown rice, vegetables that are lightly seasoned and barely cooked and probiotic super food – kimchi as well as a light soup (Korean Seaweed Soup) or stew (Kimchi Soup).  But there are moments when a craving for fried chicken, chocolate or pizza kicks in and I have to fight the urge to satiate my craving.  I remind myself that a moment on my lips is another patch added to my “fat apron” hanging around my mid-section of my body.

What’s a “fat apron?”  It’s the big fat gut area on my body and makes me look like I am still pregnant although I gave birth to my baby 19 months ago!  There is an over-hang that covers part of my female lady area and it all jiggles and wiggles as I walk.

I haven’t gotten brave enough to take pictures of my bare body to show the world yet, but hopefully I could work up to that.  I commend anyone who has made the decision to lose weight, get healthy and are brave and vulnerable enough to show the world their body parts.  Wearing revealing workout clothing like in my image above is about as comfortable as I feel in sharing for now!

Good results = Gained confidence = Motivation to continue on

I lost 5 lbs in my first week of exercising and eating better.  I am sure most of it was water weight since I am now fully hydrated but my skin looks so much different in just one week!  The bags under my eyes have disappeared but that may be partly due to sleeping like a baby at night since I am physically worn out by 9pm.  I literally fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow and I don’t wake up until 5am.

The most amazing thing is that I have unbelievable energy levels and I am in a good mood for most of the day.  I used to be cranky all the time, probably from loading up on too much sugar and caffeine, and I would be tired all the time but I didn’t feel rested when I woke up in the mornings.  Now I feel like I can’t hardly sit still during the day so I am constantly doing something and when I am tired, I am genuinely tired and worn out so a great night sleep is underway.

Eating better has also had incredible results because I now know that my eating has a purpose and it’s not to feed my junk food cravings.  I track my meals with My Fitness Pal and my exercise with Map My Walk apps.

I have learned that I can eat more and still lose weight if I exercise which satisfies two of my desires.  I want to eat more, but I want to make healthy choices to nourish my body and I want to lose weight to look better so my mind is happy with all of the hard work!

I feel much better when I don’t overeat, stuff myself and become bloated.  I noticed that I would want to sit or lie down after eating a heavy meal and do nothing for the rest of the day.

Eating my smaller portions and eating until I feel satisfied and not completely full keeps me from losing momemtum during the day.  I still feel like moving around, picking up around the house, doing the dishes and everything else that I used to have to literally drag my ass to do.

Make one decision and see what happens!  

I hope you will join me on my journey to total health and fitness.  I made one decision and it led to more great decisions and it will continue to lead to more awesome choices that will have incredible results.  If you are struggling, like I did for many, many years, then read my posts and see how one decision is where it all started for me.

 Final thoughts

I could literally go on and on and continue in my enthusiasm and excitement and I will in future posts but for now I will close with this final thought for today.  I share my story, my experiences and my journey with you in hopes that I can inspire you to keep trying, to keep searching, seeking and finding what will work for you concerning your overall health.

There are plenty of free resources available to help us succeed and there is so much information available to us if we just take the time to find it.  I recommend using Google and YouTube for information but as always, follow the advice of trained experts who have research to back up their information and talk with your family doctor before starting a new diet or exercise program.

Are you interested in following my Korean Gluten Free Diet?  I am currently working on posting recipes but it’s taking some time to get the measurements precise.  Koreans don’t measure with utensils, it’s always eyeballed and according to taste so measuring and writing down my own recipes takes time!  All good things take time though, right?

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