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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taking Care Of Me

Let's be honest here, I've never been one of those girls who is naturally thin.
I've always had to work at it and my weight has pretty much gone up and down throughout my life. And really, it doesn't help that I have a tendency to do and enjoy things in excess..
You know, I'll go through phases where I work out excessively and restrict my diet a little too much. Then, I start to fall off that wagon, and find myself exercising less, mindlessly eating, and eating lots and lots of junk. Because lets face it... junk tends to taste pretty good.
Eventually, I gain weight and find myself majorly out of shape. It's really been a cycle throughout my life, and is something I need to constantly work on.

Over the past year, I've started to find a balance that is without all those excesses. I joined a great boot camp class that is fun and challenges me, and I try to do yoga/pilates/zumba once or twice a week. I'm more aware of the food I eat and try to make healthy choices. Really, it's not just about how I look, but how I feel. Finding that balance has allowed me to feel more energetic and feel pretty flipping proud about the crazy things my body can do.
Speaking of which... this happened on Saturday after boot camp. Don't ask me how I got conned into this, but it happened haha.
Ya that's me in the middle. No further commentary is necessary haha
Silly pictures aside.. I know that over the past couple of months I started to lose that balance. I started finding excuses about why I shouldn't go to boot camp and why I deserved that cupcake and well.. I'm taking full responsibility and I'm resolving to find that balance once again.

This past week I went to boot camp 4 times and made it to yoga once. I became more aware of my eating habits and am taking better care of myself.. because you know what? I feel a whole lot better when I'm treating my body the way it deserves to be treated. 

The truth is I have big plans for this life of mine and I expect my body to help me get there.

P.S. Do you live in SoCal? Come hang out at Madewell on April 28 =) There will be lots of fun bloggers there for you to meet
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Liz said...

Oye. I am the same, right now I'm fighting to shred all the bad choices off again. Sounds like you have a great gym though!

Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

at least you didn't have to be at the bottom. I totally know what you mean about excess. I am an all or nothing gal too!

Kara said...

Love this! I need a boot camp to get myself into shape and be more health conscious in my food choices.

Lauren said...

i am very similar to you. i am trying to "get back on the wagon" so to speak and have Nike training club tonight actually!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

This is awesome.
Staying healthy is a huge commitment for sure - proud of you for stepping it up and taking control of your lifestyle/body...it's inspiring!

Even though I'm pretty fit now, I used to struggle BIG time with my weight...it feels so good to finally be in a place where I feel good about my body...inside & out!

Happy Tuesday!

Cara-Mia said...

Wow! I'm always impressed by people that work out. I'm ridiculously lazy and out of shape. This month, I've finally started trying to get moving more. (Not easy for a lazy girl.) once I shape up a bit, I'd love to start taking a class or two. Zumba sounds fun. Im glad you're finding that balance for yourself!

Stephanie said...

I completely understand where you are coming from. My weight goes up and down and right now it's up. I don't know what my deal is, but since moving to CA it's been tough for me to find the motivation to work out. Yesterday I was looking at some recent pictures of me and I wasn't happy. Time to get that motivation back up! It helps to know I'm not the only one going through this. Hang in there...we can do this! :)

Anna said...

I am the exact same way. I am not naturally thin either.. and have to work every single day to stay in shape. Sometimes it's a pain to always be working out and trying to eat healthy, but you're right -- it's not even about the way that I LOOK but it's more about how I FEEL that keeps me truckin' on!

Britt said...

You are so right! I have fallen off the wagon as well recently. Sometimes it is so hard to get back on. I love the last sentence, good luck with your big plans:)

Olivia.Dee said...

oh tams! you're my motivation to find my balance as well!!! :)

Ash said...

i recently read this great quote: take care of your body, if you don't, where will you live?

and i love it- because its true... so glad you are able to find that balance. its definitely a HARD thing to do.. but it's worth it in the end..

and umm.. thats a crazy three person plank right there.. i WANT to show my trainer this, but i'm not GOING TO show him this.. because i dont want to do it (they already made us do a 5 minute plank.. FIVE MINUTES!)

crazy bootcamp instructors..

(: keep it up girl! i think you look great!

Emily said...

I'm so impressed with you, you can do it!! so sad i don't life in california because i lovvvvvve some madewell!

Emily said...

I can totally relate in the sense that I go in spurts with exercise and healthy eating. I'm lucky that I have good genes and my weight doesn't fluctuate a ton...but always FEEL so much better when I'm doing the right things for my body.

Good for you for recommitting :)

Kayla Boyle said...

I know how you feel. I have been slipping in and out of my balance lately too. Love this little inspiration to get my booty together.

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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'm naturally curvy and it has taken me a long time to accept that I will NEVER be stick thin. And although I want to be healthy I don't think that for me it includes being thin.

I think as long as you're healthy and happy that's all that matters!

Libby said...

tracking what i eat daily helps me SO much. if i eat a cupcake i have to write it down and fess up to it and see it in print in my eating journal. that almost always makes me not eat it!


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