4 Steps To a Happier and Healthier Life #GetOutAndGo
It’s been a month since I shared with you these 4 Steps To a Healthier Lifestyle and Heart, now I want to share with you my experience when I followed those very same four steps.
| Exercise | Nutrition | Less Stress | Accountability |
Those were the four categories that I suggested you take charge of to achieve a healthier life and heart a month ago. I listened to my own advice for the month of February and guess what – I’m down 9 1/2 pounds.
Not only is my weight down but I am experiencing the following:
- A slow (but steady) rise in my energy.
- I’m happier, which makes the people around me happier, which only leads to a more enjoyable and healthier life.
- A positive attitude.
- Healthier digestion and overall health is better.
As I stated in my first post, I started Insanity Max 30. I did the first month, but I needed a break. Or should I say, my body needed a break. My body went into adrenal fatigue. From the stress it was under previously, months of intense exercise and chronic illness – it started to shut down. I was worried about stopping, but sometimes we have to listen to our body. I’ll pick it up when my adrenals are functioning properly – safety first (a little more on adrenal fatigue in the less stress section).
So I picked up some lighter exercise instead, I have been taking daily walks so my heart rate can still get a little higher everyday. Just because I need rest, doesn’t mean I’m bed ridden, the heart still needs to pump! Plus I find that walking is not only good for the body, but for the mind as well. A healthy mental state is so important for a happier and healthier life.
I was selected to be an ambassador for The Skinny Gut Diet. For the second half of February (and for the rest of March) I have been following the guidelines of the nutrition plan laid out by the program. It’s clearly working (read about my Skinny Gut Diet experience). I accepted the ambassadorship because it focused on gut health, and ensuring the digestive system is working. Digestive health is the basis of most diseases and chronic illness, so I knew that once I healed my gut (which I had a ton of issues by the way), the rest of my body would start working better. Doing this has brought in my probiotics, more vegetables, more fiber and LESS SUGAR. I love the way I feel right now.
As I stated last month, stress is a tough one for me. I’m a tightly wound person, the little things get to me. Roughly two weeks ago, I started taking an hour walk in the afternoon and it has made such a huge difference. I consider my walks to be “get smarter time”, meaning I listen to Podcasts that educate and motivate me. It was during one of these Podcasts that I dove into the subject of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is something I have been meaning to look into for a long time because I always assumed I had it. Everything in that Podcast spoke to me, I had all symptoms. So when I went to my Naturopathic Doctor yesterday, I brought it up and we both concurred that adrenal support was something I should do. It’s amazing what stress can do, but just those walks have helped in itself. I will be writing more on adrenal fatigue in a separate post later.
I’m doing more things that mean more to me: more family time, more coffee breaks, more of a balanced and healthier life!
I am a big believer in providing accountability for myself. I use the My Fitness Pal app daily to keep myself accountable for my food choices and track my fitness. I have also been using the Jawbone Up24 daily for the past month and am finding that it’s really motivating me to move more everyday. I actually put together a full review on the Jawbone on my YouTube channel:
I can’t wait to experience this healthier life for the rest of 2015 and see where it brings me.
I use to never workout and i dreaded even to think about it, but since the New Year i know hit the gym a few times a week and i feel like it really makes a huge difference in my energy, and the way i feel overall, i love to workout now.
It’s great how putting in a routine can play a trick on our brain. It becomes a habit.
If I didn’t run, I don’t know what I would do. Honestly! It really helps my stress level tremendously! I 100% always feel better after going for a run. I’m glad that you are feeling great in 2015. 🙂
Wow this is quite an inspirational post! Is Fitness Pal free to join?
Yes it is Victoria. The app and website are free!
It is amazing how each of these four parts are connected! When we exercise and eat right we feel better and have less stress. Which is what exactly we all need! thanks for all these great reminders. And good luck on your journey!
I so believe in the importance of intestinal health to your greater well-being. Congrats on all the good work you are doing. You look fabulous and I hope you are feeling well! Thanks for the motivation!
Congratulations! You look fantastic and your energy shows! I’ve recently lost 11lbs from exercise and diet change (and using MFP) and I feel so good. I have a ways to go still but I’m very motivated but the results so far…both how I feel and look.
Kelly that is awesome!! I’m so happy that you are happy with the way you look and that you FEEL good 🙂 Congrats on those 11 pounds!
Seriously, every time I come to your blog, you never cease to amaze me! You are inspiring! Your energy and vitality really shine even in your posts!!
<3 Thank you Christine :) That means a lot to me.
Accountability is a tough one for me…
Well done. And inspiring. I have been on a health journey for the last year and a half. I have lost some weight and started some classes at my local community center. Who knew I would love pilates? Thanks for your posts. Off to read about the skinny gut diet. Sounds interesting too.
Love this post. Thanks for the tips! I want to try the Skinny Gut Diet now!
I totally do the one hour podcast walk too! It’s such a great “treat bundle”. 🙂
I agree! It’s my “get smart time”.