What does it mean to be strong? Health is Strength
To me, strong means being healthy and energetic. Strong is being confident in Who you are inside and out. Strong means being comfortable in your own skin just the way you are.
In celebration of the Operation Beautiful Book release, I wanted to participate in Change The Way You See, Not The Way You Look Week. I wanted to write about my experience and what healthy means to me.
Everyone has a path in life and everyone has their journey to being healthy. This is my journey.
I’ve maintained a steady weight range throughout my adult life, but it doesn’t mean I felt healthy all the time. I may have looked healthy, but my eating habits were not. I ate unlimited amount of sweets and candies. I went to school during the day and worked at night, 5 days at week. Hangout with my friends after work and eating fast food was the norm. I never really paid attention to what I was eating BUT I did notice that I never had energy throughout the day. I was always sleepy and lethargic and I drank a lot of caffeine to stay awake.
I have not always enjoyed running. I always said that if you want to punish me, then make me run. I started running to help deal with stress from school and my job. When I first started running, 1 minute felt like forever and my lungs would feel the burn. It was uncomfortable and out of my comfort zone. I took baby steps and I ran longer each time, even if it was only 1/10 of a mile more than the previous time. It’s still progress.
Because I needed energy for my workout, I stopped eating junk foods and I started making healthy alternatives to my favorite foods. Running and eating healthy went hand in hand for me. I love the energy it gave me. I stopped needing caffeine to get through the day.
Having energy gave me that spunk in my step. I had an extra boost in my confidence and gave me the courage to do other things that were outside of my comfort zone.
Because I was making healthy choices, it led me to many moments where I felt really strong and alive. Last December, I ran my first half marathon in Las Vegas for the Rock N Roll race. Crossing the finish line was one of my proudest moments. I did it!!!
It didn’t happen overnight, but being aware of the choices you have when it comes to food and your lifestyle is the first step. It will change the way you see yourself and your outlook in life. It feels good to be strong and healthy.