I'm not alone when I say I've always had an issue with my weight and my overall health. As an adult I have more control over my healthy weight range and if I ever feel I'm venturing outside of that range, I cut back on certain items to find my balance. Don't get me wrong I still battle with my sweet tooth so I cut out anything that will offset the cravings. I only drink water and more often than not I always have it with lemon and lime. I stay away from fast food, fried foods and foods that I consider to be completely unnecessary in my daily life. I never keep bad snacks in the house. So no chips, sweets, ice cream, etc!
Unfortunately, as a child I didn't know any better and honestly no one encouraged me either. I was an overweight child. See I ate my meals and the leftovers. I ate just because it was there and not because I was hungry. The most egregious offense that I can recall is being 9 years old and eating at McDonalds every day my entire 3rd grade year. But I didn't get a happy meal, no that was too small, I wanted a double quarter pounder with cheese super sized with a root beer. Just thinking about that now is disturbing but it was my reality. I was very insecure about my weight and it didn't make it better when someone would say "you don't have to finish it because Nisha will."
As I got older I began to obsess about my weight but I was reassured by my family that it was baby fat and nothing to worry about. I was well beyond my baby years and I knew in my heart that it wasn't baby fat. The biggest issue wasn't that I was carrying extra pounds but that I was so unhealthy and it showed. From my face to my hair, my entire body was being affected by my diet. I suffered from acne, my hair was always dry and don't get me started on the muscle to fat ratio. The high level hormone intake caused me to develop super early. (I will spare you the GMO lecture). Any time I tell someone that I've been the same height since I was in 5th grade, they look at me puzzled with disbelief. When I attempted to workout it was discouraged and honestly for all the wrong reasons. I went from eating as little as possible in high school hoping to somehow slim down like my friends to eating whatever in college. Finally I said enough is enough and I embarked on a healthy journey. I was motivated by changes in my life but also by challenges that my grandmother was facing.
I learned what my body mass composition should really be and not some random number on a overgeneralized chart. I had to come to terms with the fact that I would never be "skinny" and honestly I didn't want to be. I love my curves and being fit was more appealing. I learned how to workout and what works for my body but I never stopped improving. Even today I have to constantly recalibrate my body, my diet, and my workout regime. Yes I care about how I look but more importantly I care about how I feel. Like I said, I don't want to live my life relying on medications.
Here are a few of my tips to living a healthier life:
1. Don't keep bad snacks in the house! It forces you to think about why you are eating the item and if it is worth it. Do you really need it or are you just being fat?
2. Be as active as possible! Now this one is really simple. While out shopping, I always park far away from the door (except at night when I'm alone). It allows me to get in extra steps and avoid the stress of finding a parking space. Take the stairs. Even if your just going down. Carry your groceries instead of using a cart. When I can, I take my groceries out of the cart and carry them to my car. Then just for a little extra, I always return the cart.
3. Drink water! Now this is one I know you've heard a thousand times but honestly it works! I love water and the first thing I did years ago was stop drinking everything but water. No juice, no soda, no sweet tea! I will have some green tea to help with my cravings but that's about it. Water is great for your skin, hair, digestive system, and overall body health.
4. Restrict your use of condiments! You would be surprised how many calories are in condiments well except mustard. Overuse of salad dressing particularly ranch and blue cheese will get you every time. Mayo is packed full of calories and fat. Don't get me started on syrup. No need to drown your breakfast in sweet goodness.
5. Find your inner peace! This may sound cheesy but it's so true. I'm the complete opposite of most emotional eaters. Food is not my friend when I'm upset or sad, it's my bestie when I'm in a fantastic mood, and most of the time I'm in a fantastic mood so you see my issue. It just prolongs my happy high. So I had to find an alternative to eating that would keep me happy! I found my inner peace by keeping busy. When I accomplish things it makes me feel like I can take on the world.
Of course there are other tips to living a healthier life but these are a good start. Why I workout and watch my diet? Because I would like to live a long and healthy life. A life free of diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments that honestly my diet and exercise regime can control. I encourage everyone to be more conscious about what you put in your body and to keep moving. I'm not saying you need to become a fitness bikini competitor but remember you only get one body in your lifetime!
Forever Fierce Fabulous & Flawless!