A run with my friend Maddie… (and a picture a few hours later:)
And then I went over to my sister’s house to do some youtube yoga (Adriene is my favorite) but Beck was not into that idea. So I talked to my sister while she worked out and had Beck climb all over me while we were there.
You know life has felt a little crazy lately when you are looking forward to a teeth cleaning so you can just sit and relax for a bit with this view.
When I picked Skye up from school she told me that they talked about Paw Patrol in class so she was thrilled about how her day went. She also got a stamp which was a big deal.
It was a fresh salsa with ingredients from my friend’s garden kind of a day…
My niece asked if I wanted to go shopping with her and that was an easy yes (I told myself she invited me because I’m cool, not because she needed a ride;)
We got back to my sister’s house at the perfect time ha… she invited us in for dinner. She doesn’t really use recipes when she cooks and she can always put together the most beautiful dishes.
Everything but the noodles and chicken were from her garden!
Saw this guy out running after his shift… that is dedication.
Just a picture of me and Skye at one of my favorite restaurants—> Aubergine. Their curry and rice bowl is straight from heaven.
Today I just wanted to talk about how my perspective of how I eat and move has changed!
Years ago, pretty much every move I made and every food that entered my body was based on calories. It didn’t matter how the food I ate made me feel or if I even really enjoyed the taste of something… I was eating it because it was either low-calorie or bulked up with vegetables to make me feel full so I didn’t have to eat again for a while. Years ago I did not work out with the thoughts of things like keeping my heart healthy or my bones strong, or my muscles active as I age (aka things I think about now a lot to motivate myself to exercise). It was mostly about losing weight along with my need for endorphins.
I feel like so many of my decisions with food now are based on how it makes me feel. I want to feel full of energy and alert. I want to not feel like I am dragging all day long because I haven’t eaten enough calories or nutrients. There are many times that I am just grabbing whatever is in front of me because I’m busy with kids, but I love thinking about how a meal will make me feel, not how many calories it contains.
My soul needs the joy of eating cake at the kitchen table with my mom (yesterday’s post:) or going for ice cream with my kids and seeing it all over their faces when they are done eating. I want to exercise for how it makes me feel and for the running goals I have set up for myself, not to make up for anything I ate like I used to. Holy cow, it scared me a few months ago when my left arm felt numb and tingly (due to some disc problems in my neck), and that is why I want to lift now so that I can be running around with my great-grandkids and hiking/running mountains with Andrew for as long as possible.
Long story short, I hope my past can give anyone reading some hope that struggles with disordered eating/eating disorders! I’m not sure if you have seen pictures from my past, but I was not in a healthy place. My femurs were cracking, my reproductive system was out of order, and my brain was so preoccupied with every calorie count on the planet. It took years of work, a lot of therapy, healthier relationships, and for me, some little kids that I knew I needed to be an excellent example for… but it happened and it has been life-changing.
I make my food decision based on what my body needs and wants and how I know it will make me feel (WE NEED ENERGY AND A LOT OF IT) and I would love to hear where you are at these days!
How has your view of health changed over the years?
Do you like going to the dentist or dread it? Do you like your dentist?
Chunky salsa or more pureed salsa?
Do you use recipes when cooking or no?