It’s no secret that working out is good for your body, but it’s also good for you soul too. Being healthy is a journey, it’s not a specific point in time. By healthy, I don’t just mean exercising, but living a complete and healthy lifestyle.
A little over a year ago, I was very unhappy with my figure. I’d only gained a few pounds, but I was unfit. I was in my mid 20’s and I started to feel changes in my figure. I knew that from now on, I would have to work hard to get in shape.
Being fit wasn’t my only goal. I was getting really tired throughout the day, and my energy levels were low. My mood changed and that affected my work, my life, and even my skin. Something needed to change…
So I made the decision to be healthy, all around. I started going to the gym slowly but regularly. After a while, I additionally began going to classes. Now I go to classes twice a week and to the gym 3 times a week (mostly).
Being active and working out made me also want to eat better. I stopped counting calories and just focused on balanced healthy meals and snacks. Counting calories gave me a bad relationship with food, and made me obsess over every calorie. I actually gained weight doing that. I was getting less nutrition and didn’t have the energy to exercise! I now believe that balance is key. I make sure to get a lot of protein in my diet, healthy fats, and good carbs also lots of vegetable and fruits. I also make sure to indulge from time to time and not deprive myself. As I said, balance is key!
When I started working out, I started seeing a difference in my body shape. Numbers on a scale stopped mattering to me, so I stopped weighing myself. I was incorporating weights into my routine, so undeniably I was gaining muscle weight but losing fat… and that was my goal. It’s been months since I weighed myself, and I haven’t felt better. Numbers are just numbers. I want to feel and look fit, not a “skinny”.
Although I still have a lot of changes and adjustments to do, I’m definitely on the right track. I can proudly say that I’m the fittest and healthiest I have been. Working out made me realize that I need to change my views on food and body image. It made me feel happier, motivated and more comfortable in my own skin. I know we all go through diet phases, but trust me if you start working out and commit to it everything else will fall into place.