Happy Thursday friends!
We are now 39 weeks pregnant! Yesterday marked my last day on my nursing job until after maternity leave, so I’ll just be over here waiting on this babe to come out 🙂 I’m excited to spend time with my friends, sister, niece + husband, relax, blog, get a pedicure, perhaps a massage, + make sure we’re all ready. I’ve been having a lot of contractions, especially at work from having to be on my feet + moving SO much. I definitely feel like I’ve had practice for the real event, so whenever this cozy little baby wants to come out…we’re ready.
A wise woman (my mom) told me that the baby will come when he or she is ready to. She has had 6 children, so I think I’ll listen + be a patient (as patient as I can be) momma to be 🙂
Today I wanted to talk about finding your why for eating healthy + working out. If this post inspires you to do one thing, I hope it is to make a list of reasons why you want to improve on your health habits. If what you write down is deeper than fitting into a certain size or losing a certain number of pounds…your new habits will be more sustainable. When the going gets tough you can refer to the list or mentally go over why it’s important to you to push through your barriers.
I’ve covered this topic before, but after a conversation with Drew I had a new perspective. We were having breakfast together + making a list of the cities in the United States we want to visit. No immediate travel plans, but we get really excited to plan more adventures together. Let me know if you have suggestions!
We’d love to be able to keep traveling (God willing) late into life. His wonderful grandmother recently passed away + we talked about how her + grandpa had traveled a ton in their golden years. That spurred a conversation about why it is SO vital to be a healthy person.
My WHY for eating well + working out is MUCH bigger than looking a certain way. Here are a few of my reasons:
- My husband: He is my partner + person. I want to be my best + healthiest version of myself, for myself but also for him. Unfortunately we’ve seen how chronic + preventable diseases can really impact a marriage + we’re committed to doing our best to stay healthy. A lot of the activities we enjoy involve being active + they bring our marriage happiness. Both of us are committed to working out at least 4-5x a week + making sensible dietary choices. I do have to say, I don’t mind the physical benefits of Drew’s time in the gym 😉 If you have a significant other being healthy together is way easier than if you go it alone, so hopefully you can get your partner on board!
- Stress relief: Working out has major stress busting potential. It’s science people. When someone at work is extra stressed, I’m always telling them…I think you need to incorporate working out in your life. They kind of smile + halfheartedly agree/maybe think I’m crazy. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I know I need to get my workout in + not skip it. It makes me feel so much better. Here are two articles I’ve written about stress: Stress Relief + Focus on Your Foundation: Stress.
- Mood: Workout to feel the rush of feel good endorphins flood into your system. Eating well + working out can have a serious impact on your mood. Both have been proven to lesson the toll of anxiety + depression, + boost mood.
- Confidence: Working out + eating well gives me added confidence in myself including my body image. I’ve seen improved confidence from my friends that decide to make health a priority + start on a better track. I love watching it happen, it’s a beautiful thing.
- Our baby + future children: Drew + I will be the biggest influence in this young life. While the baby won’t be able to notice our habits right away, eventually he or she will. We want to demonstrate a healthy lifestyle + be the parents that are able to chase our children all around the yard or park. We want to breathe life and confidence into our babies + we believe this includes being positive role models.
- Energy: I’ve heard from a lot of people that they don’t have the time or energy to eat better or workout. The thing is a) it will get easier + b) it will give you more energy. “We live in a society where people are always looking for the next sports drink, energy bar, or cup of coffee that will give them the extra edge to get through the day,” says researcher Tim Puetz, PhD, also of UGA. “But it may be that lacing up your tennis shoes and getting out and doing some physical activity every morning can provide that spark of energy that people are looking for.”
Here is a quote to inspire your day:
Those are just a few of the main reasons I enjoy eating well + working out.
I do catch some flack in certain situations…”Amy, seriously why won’t you just eat some ice cream/cupcake/cake”, etc..? I do just smile in response. But the truth is it is because to be the best + healthiest version of myself the words “no thanks” do need to be in frequent use. Especially at my nursing job. It is all about BALANCE. If I say no to those endless work treats, then I can say yes/propose a frozen yogurt date with my husband.
For me health is a HUGE priority. It’s a gift that I can give myself, my husband, + my future children. This is the only body I’m ever going to get, so I need to respect + love + treat it right.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully we’ll have baby news next week 😉