Saturday, January 31, 2015

Changes in Attitudes

After an indulgent 24 hours celebrating my son's birthday, and taking bites of unhealthy sweets and chips, I'm finally over it and back on track.

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake - our official family birthday cake.

I've read many times that you can't out-exercise a bad diet.  That may be true, but I have now experienced a few occasions, when my food choices were not good, I forced myself to get out there and exercise.  I have to say that those workouts weren't really about burning the extra calories.  It was about what it did ABOVE my shoulders.  Exercise hits the re-set button that switches me away from my "old place" of overeating that used to spiral out of control and transitions to my current, healthy, athletic self that is taking control and choosing wisely.

As I jogged one of my favorite beautiful trails today I was thankful for my healthier body.  I enjoyed the feeling of being able to run up hills, and breathe the fresh air.  Today my attitude changed from someone who was eating sugar and feeling tired and unmotivated, to someone who said "no excuses, get out there."  It felt wonderful and was one of my best runs.

Some friends and I have joined together to run/walk 2015 miles in 2015.  I'm ending January with 64.8 miles logged!  I'm also ending the month with sore muscles from strength training.  2015 is going okay so far, and I'll keep challenging myself to make healthy diet and exercise choices so that I can enjoy this active life for as long as possible.

On another note, I've been thinking about changing the name of my blog to something that reflects my new healthy lifestyle and challenges.  I'm very proud of my success using Optifast products, but as I move forward, my reflections have been more than about weight loss.  I haven't come up with a new name, it's just an idea that I'm toying with.  If I do switch, I'll be adding Formerly, Optifast Adventurer so that readers and searchers will know that it's me.


Anonymous said...

I totally agree that exercise resets my brain to refocus on making better choices - and just makes me feel better about where I am at in general with my health.

I've also been long considering changing the name of my blog to drop the "Optifast" part - just haven't thought up a new name yet. If you have a couple extras, let me know! :)

happyinca said...

LOLMartha, I'll let you know some of the extras. I didn't give this blog name almost any thought, maybe because I wasn't sure I'd actually keep going with it. I did want the Optifast name in it just for the sake of attracting like-minded people. This time is more difficult!

Now is Finally the Time said...

You're doing so great, Christy! I totally am there with you on that feeling of cleanse that the exercise gives. It's a feeling of freedom in a sense.

happyinca said...

Thanks Kathy!