Your health isn’t a flat line that never changes. It must adapt with you as you go through ups (like having a baby) and downs as you find the balance between being super health-minded and living a great life that works for you. Healthy habits for life are most important.
Healthy Habits For Life
Before and during I started this blog, I lost 30 pounds. There was no secret. It was a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, daily physical activity, and focus on long term changes towards a healthier life. The health benefits I felt followed naturally: reduced stress, better sleep, more confidence, and more.
Let’s rewind back to the days of my weight gain so you can see where I started.
My Health Story: Weight Loss and Nutrition
It has been almost a decade since I lost 30 pounds and started this blog to document my weight loss success story. That is T E N years of my life I have shared with you guys, photo-documenting the “how” behind making healthy lifestyle choices.
My story starts at Davidson College: a foot injury that limited my exercise plus a typical college student lifestyle led me to a place where I was totally uncomfortable in my own skin. I hated how I looked in photos, and I tried my hardest to find clothes that were flattering. I really had no idea how much my lifestyle choices and my weight were intertwined. I figured I was just destined to be overweight as an adult.
My First Apartment: Cooking For Myself
When I graduated, moved into an apartment, and left all of the temptations of college life on campus, weight started to fall off of me. Cooking for myself was the only option, as I couldn’t afford to eat in restaurants or do take-out meals on a regular basis.
When I started packing lunches to take to work and cooking dinners at home, naturally my portion sizes were smaller and the food was healthier. I also joined a gym and started to take spin and boot camp classes which were really fun. I really couldn’t believe that losing weight was so simple, and I was looking and feeling better. Moreover, I started walking for 30 minutes a day during my lunch break at work.
Learning About Nutrition
I immersed myself in learning more about cooking, weight loss and nutrition and began counting calories to get a better idea of how much I was actually eating and some of the math behind what was happening in my body.
My food focus shifted to healthy fats, eliminating processed foods like artificial sweeteners, and eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I educated myself on topics like omega-3 fatty acids, what causes heart disease, and the health benefits of superfoods. And especially the connection between what you eat and how you feel.
My Weight Loss Story: A year later
A little over a year later, I had lost 30 pounds and wanted to share my story with the world, so I started a blog journaling my daily meals and showing people that getting healthy didn’t have to be boring or depriving but could actually be enjoyable and delicious.
During that same time, I went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian so I could eventually help others reach their goals too. My draw to nutrition has always been in the emotional and lifestyle aspects of weight loss more than the clinical and research side of the field.
What, Why, How
Most people know the “what” and “why” of being healthy, but it’s the “how” that is difficult to figure out, so by writing about my own healthy lifestyle, I aim to be a good example of eating real food and being active on a daily basis. KERF has been going strong for almost a decade now, and it has changed my life in so many ways.
As for my own story, I think the following were the foundational changes that led me to be successful and that I continue to embrace today:
- Frequently eating out in college –> preparing healthy meals at home
- Recovering from foot surgery –> finding group ex classes I love and embracing a variety of sports over the years (strength class, soccer, yoga, athletic conditioning). Move your body in all kinds of ways!
- Dining clueless –> educating myself on nutrition and being mindful of the connection between food and health
- Sitting a lot –> staying active throughout my day, especially after becoming a mom
- Living that late-night college life –> maintaining a regular schedule with good sleep and predictable meal times
- Surrounding myself with those who overate and overdrank –> Connecting with this wonderful online community of healthy living blogs
- Stressed out college life –> reduce stress by walking and reading
- Staying up too late partying + sleep deprivation –> getting 8-9 hours of sleep per night.
The Squiggly Line Effect
Per the Squiggly Line Effect, your health isn’t a flat line that never changes. It must adapt with you as you go through ups (like having a baby) and downs as you find the balance between being super health-minded and living a great life that works for you. What is most important is that you have awareness of the connection between your habits and your health.
I truly went through a lifestyle transformation with new healthy habits for life
Surrounding myself with others who are health-focused, like this blog community, has meant the world to me. You are influenced most by those in your inner circle, so the more you can get your friends and family to join you on a health transformation, the better.