Q&A and Eat What You May


Since starting this blog I’ve received a lot of questions.  But one question really struck me today, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

One of my BEAUTIFUL co-workers quietly asked me during lunch today, “How do you do it?”

This question struck me, because I don’t feel like I do anything special, or out of the ordinary. 

I am NO angel.Angel

As a matter of fact, yesterday I didn’t work out for the second day in a row, and I gorged myself with a cookie at lunch, two cinnamon squares after work (they  were very small… I swear!), and a piece of Whitman’s chocolate before bed.  Yesterday was a very long, and very indulgent day.

I confess that quite often I have very little self control.  If it is there, I will eat it.  If there are French fries on the menu, I’m ordering them.  And if a student brings me a homemade cupcake for their birthday, 9 times out of 10 I am going to eat it. 

I believe in eating clean 98% of the time, staying active, and living a little!  What is a world without French fries and birthday cupcakes???!!!

If you deprive your body and mind of what it wants, you’ll just want it more and more and more!  You will make yourself miserable!

I have a “happy weight” where my clothes fit their best, where I don’t feel like I have to constantly suck in my gut, and where I feel the most confident.  As soon as my clothes begin to feel snug, or I find myself slouching with a pooch hanging out, I know that I’ve overindulged, and it’s time to readjust my workouts and eating habits. 

However, I find it’s easiest to maintain this happy, healthy weight rather than waiting for it to become a problem so that I then have to drop a few pounds. 

My secret weapon: exercise. 

Not only does exercise make me feel good, but I’ve found that it is the best way to allow myself those indulgences without any negative consequences.  And it almost always makes me feel better. 

Take this evening for example.  I stayed at work until around 5, and I didn’t really feel very well.  My throat has been hurting all week, and I have been feeling super exhausted. 

Sounds like the perfect night to skip a workout and hole up on the couch, right? 

I seriously dreaded working out all the way home, but I knew I had to work out.  The first 5 minutes of any workout are always the hardest for me.  So, I gave myself a five minute punk out card.  If after five minutes, I still didn’t want to work out, I had full “permission” to stop without any guilt.

But guess what?!?!?  I felt great after I got moving and could feel my muscles working and my lungs filling with oxygen.  This is seriously one of the best feelings in the world.  Endorphins are no joke, my friends!

I guess what I am trying to say in this long rambling post is, I know what makes me feel good and I stick to it.  I try not to over think it (although Larry may disagree), and I try to stick to as healthy of a diet as possible so that when I do want to indulge, I can. 

I know I feel best when I eat healthy and exercise.  But this doesn’t mean that I am a saint!  ;) 

So, my advice would be this:

  • Pick what makes you feel good and stick to it!!!  But remember that this is different for everyone.  What makes me happy may make you miserable! 
  • Allow yourself indulgences without guilt.  Life is only as tasty as you make it!

When do you feel your best?  What challenges do you face that prevent you from always feeling your best, and how do you overcome these challenges? 

PS…  I would really love for you to leave comments below!  We can learn so much from one another!  Feel free to share! 

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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4 responses to “Q&A and Eat What You May

  1. Danielle

    I completely agree with your philosophy. Life is too short to not enjoy indulgences! I exercise because it feels amazing (is it possible to be addicted to endorphins?) <– Because I think I am 🙂

    • I’ve actually read that you can become addicted to endorphins! However, it isn’t harmful like drug or alcohol addictions. Many people are addicted to endorphins released by foods such as chocolate (umm… hello, sugar rush!), but you can get the same endorphin high by exercising, laughing, participating in exhilirating activities, etc. Endorphin actually means “morphine within” or “inner morphine,” and it can actually cause a euphoric effect to occur. Imagine if we all became addicted to exercise! We’d be the happiest, healthiest people on Earth 🙂

  2. Alicia

    I think you have a great philosophy on how to feel good and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have noticed too, that many others can’t understand that these things are a priority in my life. I can walk into work with a protien shake and some home made oatmeal (no packages for this clean eater), after a 6am gym visit and get all sorts of comments from “you’re crazy…” to “I don’t know how you do it…” I have found myself shrugging it off in the past and making a quick comment to get out of being the center of attention. But after reading this and your most recent blog about appreciating your body….I think I’m going to try something new. I’m going to tell them that I love my body and enjoy being good to it and leave it at that. Maybe by loving myself, I can inspire a coworker to do the same for themselves.

    I’m loving the blog, Jen. I know nothing about blogging, but every time you post something new on FB, I check it and read for about an hour. Hope to catch up with you soon!!

    • Thanks, Alicia! It has been so fun to write. It’s also very motivating to maintain a healthy lifestyle if I know I am going to write about it later 🙂 I think sometimes people make comments like those that you mentioned, because they feel slightly insecure about their own habits and choices. I think it is wonderful that you are going to “take the path of least resistance” (sorry, that’s a little of my ethics class coming out!), and letting others know that you make these choices because you love your body and want to take care of it! There is no reason to shrug off, or of be embarassed by, living a healthy life!!! You should shout it from the mountaintops!!! 🙂 We should absolutely catch up soon!!!

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