Editor’s Note: This post is part of the current series of posts submitted by healthy living bloggers on what health means to them. We are no longer taking submissions on this topic and will soon open the floor to a new topic.
This post is brought to you by Rebecca from Rosey Rebecca.
Hello, Healthy Living Blogs readers! My name is Rebecca and I blog at www.roseyrebecca.com.
A little over a year ago, I didn’t care too much about my health. I was 30 pounds heavier, sedentary, and I considered half a bag of oreos an acceptable dinner.
I was lethargic, and lazy. My anxiety problems were through the roof, and I was getting sick at least once a month.Most of all, I felt horrible about myself.
I don’t remember exactly what is was, but one day back in May, something clicked and I decided that a change was absolutely necessary.
I had tried in the past to lose weight, but was unsuccessful.
In May 2006, I gave up soda and fast food completely. When I went out to dinner, I ordered dressing-free salads and unsweetened iced tea (which I then loaded with sugar). By some miracle, this lettuce-only and sugar-packed iced tea diet worked, but not for long. I wasn’t exercising and I grew tiresome of depriving myself.Soon, the weight piled back on.
Another time, a few months before a beach trip in 2007, I attempted to lose weight again. During that time, I went to the gym and mindlessly rode the elliptical for an hour, without putting any effort into it at all. I also relied on “diet” foods. 100-calorie packs and lean cuisines* were the standard. I knew nothing of nutrition and had no idea what the words ‘processed foods’ really meant.
Throughout those months, my time spent at the gym was negated by visits to the Cheesecake Factory directly after. As I said, I knew nothing of nutrition, and at that time, NY didn’t have calorie-counts printed on the menus. I’d think to myself, “Oh, I just worked out, I can have this huge burger, and slice of cheesecake.” Meanwhile, I was unknowingly undoing everything I had worked for at the gym.
Needless to say, when we got back from the trip, I stopped eating “healthy” foods and working out.
Finally, in May 2009, I was sick of it. I had moved out on my own from my parents house, and was sick of starting things and never finishing them. Most of all, I was sick of feeling horrible about myself.
I knew I needed to change my life for the better, but I wasn’t quite sure how to do it for real this time.
One night, as I read a blog post on Self Magazine’s website, I noticed a comment Megan (http://www.runnerskitchen.com/) had left about a recipe on her blog. Curious and eager to find healthy recipes to kick-start my weight-loss, I clicked through to her blog. I read pages and pages, fascinated by the whole concept of a ‘healthy-living blog.’ I noticed her blogroll on the sidebar, and started clicking around there, too. From Megan’s blog, I found Caitlin’s (Healthy Tipping Point), Jenna’s (Eat, Live, Run), and Angela’s (Oh She Glows). Soon, my reading list grew. I was hooked.
I was enthralled by all of the healthy living tips and recipes I was getting on blogs. One night, as I was sitting on my couch gushing to my boyfriend about something I had read on a blog post earlier, he said, “So, why don’t you start your own blog?”
My own blog!?!? I couldn’t do that, could I? I was the one who started things and never finished them. Losing weight was just an ‘idea’ for me, not something I’d actually accomplish, right?
I started my own blog, never thinking I’d still be blogging today. I learned so much about health and fitness from other bloggers. In the beginning, I counted calories, but soon learned that that was unnecessary. I learned what ‘processed foods’ really were, and cut HFCS out of my diet completely. I started eating REAL foods, and trying amazing recipes I found on blogs. I joined a gym and began exercising regularly. I was so inspired by other blogs that working out didn’t seem like a chore anymore. I loved it. I worked out 5-6 days a week. Slowly, but surely, the weight came off. I started taking spinning classes, and weight training classes, and built muscle.
I developed a love for cooking and baking, and loved creating healthy meals in the kitchen. Taking pictures and posting about my meals online really inspired me to eat healthy, too. I felt accountable for what I was eating. I knew that someone, somewhere was being inspired by me, just like I had been inspired by other blogs.
In January 2010, I became a vegetarian (http://www.roseyrebecca.com/2010/01/15/vegetarian-february/) for ethical reasons. In April 2010, I started running. I have never felt better about myself and my body. I am no longer lethargic, or as anxious about things. I haven’t gotten sick in about a year, and I have so much energy all the time.
As I type this, I am recovering from Ankle Tendinitis (http://www.roseyrebecca.com/2010/08/09/words/), so I haven’t been able to workout in a little over a month.I’m not too worried about it. I know that once I heal, I’ll be back to my normal workout routine. Some days, I feel down about it, but otherwise, I still feel great about my body. I’m continuing to live my life by a mantra that I know many other healthy-living bloggers live by as well: everything in moderation.
So, to me, being healthy means living life to the fullest, enjoying everything in moderation, and truly believing in yourself. With all that in mind, you can accomplish anything you want!
*Note: I am not trying to say that 100-calorie packs and lean cuisines don’t work for anybody, they just never worked for me.
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