Many people want to be healthy, they say they are going to work out and they want to live a healthier lifestyle but they just do not have the motivation to do it! I remember days where I just sat there on my laptop, thinking to myself ‘I should probably work out’ and then as I ate a slice of pizza, I thought I would be eating healthier, but I never did! So here are some tips that helped me a few years back to get healthy the right way :)
Motivation to eat better:
Don’t buy junk food! To eat healthier, you should just buy healthy foods, if they are in your fridge or pantry you will probably reach for them :) I am not saying to get rid of junk food all together, you can treat yourself once in a while but try not to over do it.
Do research! When I wanted to eat healthier, I started reading about all these different foods and what they do for you, like salmon, veggies and other proteins. It may sound boring but after a while I found it pretty interesting and cool knowing that I was putting good into my body. It also really does show! Your hair and skin a lot healthier :)
Motivation to work out:
Keep a fitness/health blog or a journal and document what you eat. Reblog pictures of healthy foods or write/reblog different workouts. Tumblr really helped motivate me because of all the pictures of all these fit people and inspirational quotes!
Workout to be healthy and feel healthy/good about yourself. Unless told by a doctor that you need to loose some weight, then you should workout and keep a good diet that lets you maintain your weight.
Keep a pin board in your room and post pictures of inspirational quotes and not necessarily bodies of others you want to look like, but ones that want you to work out. Most pictures are photoshopped or are very unrealistic, so do not aim to look like those in the fitness magazines!
Buy cute workout gear! Not all workout gear is expensive, I find that the very bright and crazy prints are good for me :)
Make a workout playlist! Using an ipod/iphone/mp3 player or whatever when you workout is so motivating! I find I like running alone, but I get so bored I just want to stop when I am not even tired. But songs like ‘“i’ll Make a Man Out of you” - Mulan, etc. is so much fun! I just love it and singing the songs in my head! Especially when lifting weights :) Thats its for now! Ill add more later maybe! :)
In this I will be talking about how I developed, went through, and am recovering from anorexia and answering some questions lots of people might have about it.
First lets start with how I developed it. Well, all my life I have been tall and skinny. Just naturally. No matter what I ate. Before working out I was kind of a skinny-fat as they call it but I did not worry that much about my body. But everything changed before summer. When the new year started I looked upon my body with such disgust. I was at a perfectly healthy weight and was involved with track and ate healthy most of the time, but I wanted a flat stomach! So I changed my diet, eliminating ALL desserts/sweets. I did research on the internet on how to get a 6-pack or flat stomach. I started doing intense ab work outs 2-3 times a day, waking up at 5:30am in the morning before school sometimes and staying up when I came home late to do more abs. I was exhausted, but my motivation to get a flat stomach kept me going. Then I started cutting out LOTS of carbs. I had only lean meats, VERY little bread sometimes none, and some fruit because I thought carbs were bad. I started eating low fat everything! I tried keeping my fat intake to less then 20 grams a day.
This went on through march, april, may and june. These months I was depriving myself. I lied about what I ate before parties so I wouldn’t eat the cake or the pizza at a friends house. I went from a healthy 5’7 and 120 pounds, to 5’7 and almost 103 pounds. I was pale, my hair was falling out and was full, my eyes were dark and I was shaking all the time from the cold due to low body fat. But I didn’t think I was anorexic. I soon got more of a 6-pack, I was happy right? Nope. I was ALWAYS miserable. I was irritated at every word, every noise and wanted to scream and tell everyone to shut up. I was paranoid. My jeans were very baggy and my legs became twigs. I became distant with a once really good friend… I couldn’t concentrate. Food was on my mind 24/7 thinking about what I was going to eat next. My parents became worried about me, but I told them and the doctor I was fine.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
What got me out of anorexia? Unfortunately, until hitting a very low, potentially deadly weight is when I realized I needed to change. I felt horrible about myself because I knew guys probably did not find a bag of bones like me that attractive. I wanted meat on my bones. I don’t care how my body looks to anyone else anymore, and now I am just going to do things to make me healthy. I am thankful that I am able to recover within a little over a month all by myself, I am not sure of my weight but last time I checked in recovery I was 130 pounds which is healthy. I am staying off the scale and roughly eating 2,500+ calories a day. It use to be like 3,000-3,500 when I really was putting on weight, but since I got my period back and I am gluten free (recently discovered, need to go grocery shopping for more gf foods).
Let me tell you the road to recovery was definitely NOT easy but it gets so much better and is so worth it! Once you know you need to eat, that is pretty much the first step. Once you start eating 3,000+ a day (you should consult your doctor for a meal plan) then you might feel like crap and really tired, but its normal! Your body is not use to the food, it is in survival mode, so whatever food you eat, in case you starve again it keeps it in your belly so you will feel bloated, tired, etc. It will go away within a few days though if you continue eating that much! :) Drink LOTS of water and get lots of fiber. Also I do not recommend exercising until you are FULLY healed, your body is still fragile and weak. I tell you after my recovery I feel 100% better. I am just so happy and more optimistic, I don’t see everyday as a struggle anymore. I welcome life and am so grateful for it. I am so much more confident. As for my period it temporarily did not come for the few months where I was anorexic because I was not eating enough and I was not getting enough fat. Your body needs these things to thrive! Women especially! I got mine back after about a month in recovery through eatings lots of dark chocolate, peanut butter, and stuffing myself with food. Nothing was really off limits to me. But check with your doctor if you are trying to recover of your meal plan.
If you have any questions or advice about it just ask me about it :) I am not a doctor but I did lots of research and just experience for going through anorexia first hand.
After many visits to the doctor’s, blood tests, and changes going on in my body, I found out that today I have been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease. Not entirely sure of the cause, but my blood tests for it came out positive and then got a biopsy to make sure before going on a gluten free diet. This morning I received the long awaited phone call and was not too surprised with the news that it would come back positive. I have thought a lot about it.
Before I thought ‘why me?’ and I thought about all the things I would miss out on. But honestly, is it kind of weird that I have accepted it? That I look forward to having a mostly healthy and clean life style filled with lots of meat, and veggies and fruits from our planet? Eating out may be a struggle at times, but nowadays there is so many gluten free options!
Plus I thought about other people. When other people in the world are starving or going through harsh times and conditions, why should I be complaining about giving up something from my diet? It’s one of the least things I can do! I have it so good and I do not always take the time to appreciate that until recently.
Anyway, before I end my gluten free talk, I have one more thing. First is that I do NOT recommend going gluten free unless you have celiac/intolerance/food allergy to gluten! Grains and wheat are a great source of fiber and lots of important vitamins and minerals. You may see some weight-loss by going on this diet, unless you really eat a lot of those gluten free cake boxes and crackers.
That is it for now! If you have any questions feel free to ask :) I am going to see a doctor on Friday to most likely tell me more of this diet.
Sorry to have not posted in a while! With track, school and everything going on I have been extremely busy and truthfully don’t really think about tumblr. But anyway here is a quick update now on what will and is going on!
First, a week after school lets out I will be posting and reblogging more! This is because right after school lets out, I will be gone for the week after for vacation. School for me lets out on June 14.
Second to update you on my no sweets that I started in February, I am proud to say I have completely given them up! I think the last sweet/dessert (excluding gum/mints) was one small oatmeal cookie I had at my track banquet. I just don’t crave them. I would rather have a bowl of fruit honestly. I mean it is not going to kill you to have them once in a while, it is just for me I don’t need them.
You would think since my track season ended I would become out of shape and start eating unhealthy again, but I really haven’t! I have been working out (running, core exercises and weights) and still eat really healthy! I have upped my caloric intake though because I am trying to gain more weight, if you are wondering I am about 5’7 and I weigh about 107 pounds. Yeah. Not too healthy. So I have been drinking lots of silk chocolate milk, eating more fats like unsalted mixed nuts and lots of lean protein and salmon! I have a pretty fast metabolism so I have more fats and carbs then someone would usually have. I have also noticed recently how scrawny and thin my legs are. They were like toothpicks! So about a week ago I decided to start doing squats everyday. I started with 25 and now I am up at 85 (tomorrow), just by adding 5 everyday. And I can really notice the difference! If you are looking to tone your legs and booty doing squats helps a ton! Just remember you are doing them right by looking up the right form. Anyway, thats all for now! Thanks for all the support! x
Track season started and I went to preseason so I think I am well conditioned and I met everyone and they are super nice! It is super fun and loving it so far! I just hope I don’t get injured this season like I did last, and I had a few minor injuries during preseason so I think I should be good.
Anyway! To get to the point of the post! For the past few days I have been eating a bit more excess unnatural sugar then I normally do like fancy chocolate, candies, and just sweets. I haven’t been overeating them so I haven’t been feeling too lousy but I just want to make it so it doesn’t become a habit! So for this month (and after but especially this month) I am going to try and cut out sweets like cookies, cupcakes, etc. Every time I am craving one of those, I will try eating something else instead like berries. The reason for this month is because since the season started I want to be on top of my game and do my best. If any of you want to do the same along with me maybe because your in a sport or you just want to be healthier then you totally can :) I will update and let you guys know how it is going. This might be a little hard since I have a giant sweet tooth but I will do my best!
So since the start of the New Year I have been working on my abs a lot and seeing a huge difference in the past few days since I have been doing this exercise routine I put together. I do it in the morning and before I got to sleep. Before I go on to the routine just want to say a bit. Yesterday I kind of got off track (at a sleepover) and we literally got NO sleep, so right now I am functioning off of only 4 hours of sleep I got 2 days ago. Anyway, I also ate a TON of crap, I am not really regretting it because I did limit myself a bit, but now I have to get on track. Anyway, school is starting tomorrow and I am ready to get back into the routine. Here is my ab routine, if you do not know what some of them are if you look them up it will have it:
My all around ab workout routine (do morning and night):
20 crunches (x2)
20 butterfly crunches (x2)
20 reverse crunches (x2)
30 bicycle crunches (x2)
30 toe touches
30 second leg lift hold
20 leg lifts (on each leg)
45 second plank
30 second side planks (on each side)
100 sit ups
Now this is just the routine that works for me, and after it gets too easy for me I usually add more time and reps to it. You can also adjust it to fit where you are now by lowering it and adding more or just doing more or whatever.
So sorry I have not posted on here in forever but I am planning to more this week since it is Thanksgiving break. You can expect more posts coming up on how to stay fit through this week and on working out.
So I have decided I don’t want to get to 105 pounds. I don’t want to get anything under 110 pounds, that is WAY below healthy and way too under. I want to maintain my weight so it is around 115. I am at 116 right now. I have been working out pretty much every night by going out for runs for 20-30 minutes. I have also been doing weights and core exercises, I am starting to really love my legs and biceps! My tummy has a huge difference since I started the core! I am still working on it though. I am trying not too slack off too much this break, especially since I haven’t worked out in like 2 days but I will get on top of that :P Anyway my diet is doing pretty good I guess. I have been going to a few parties lately and got a bit off track but I will try to limit myself.