Here’s to a new beginning…

…a new blog, a new way of life, a new me.

I’ve done this before. I’ve done a lot of this before. Many times. I’ve eaten clean foods. I’ve dieted. I’ve tried losing weight. I’ve worked out religiously at a gym and toned up nicely. Heck, I trained and completed a half-marathon. Why haven’t I stuck with it? Change of plans, change of ways of thinking, moving from one state to another, completion of race, laziness, life, excuses…but not any more.

These are my top motivators for starting over, and living the way I would like to live the rest of my life:

1. For my family. I want my kids to be healthy. I want them to make good choices. I want them to be happy, to love healthy foods, and to encourage their friends to do the same things. I want my kids to be active in sports and enjoy exercising, to keep their bodies strong. I don’t want them to have to worry about their weight or about being sick as they grow older. I want my husband to be healthy and happy and live a realllly long time with me. I also have family members who look to me for advice on eating good foods and exercise tips, and what kind of advice can I give them if I don’t follow that same advice myself? I want to be a role model. An inspiration.

2. For my own health. I’m 33 years old right now. That’s about 1/3 of a century! And I’m not getting any younger. I want to live as long as I possibly can, to see my grandkids and my great-grandkids. I want to be able to play with them and travel after I retire. I want to stay strong and healthy and run more races. I want to look good in a bikini. 😉

3. Weight loss and toning. Yeah, I already said it…I want to look good in a bikini. It’s worth mentioning twice. I’ve never been very overweight. I’ve had plenty of people tell me I’m the perfect size and I look great as I am. While I appreciate those compliments, I am just not happy with my body. I know I could do better. I don’t have much weight to lose, and actually I am not particularly concerned with a number on a scale. What I really want is to wear my jeans without that not-so-cute muffin top sticking out. I want that squishy little bit of fat in my armpit area to go away. (Seriously, go away already!) And bless my Mema’s heart, but she has given to me these Edenfield thighs, and I’d really like to give them right back. Saddlebags belong on a horse – not on my body.

So what am I going to do about it? I’m going to eat CLEAN foods. That’s right. Bye-bye processed junk! You are not welcome in my house. I’m going to eat at home as much as possible. Much less temptation in my kitchen full of produce and meats. I’m going to reduce added sugars (Coffee-mate creamer and I broke up for the last time about 2 weeks ago. Threw him right in the trash.) and limit the amount of natural sugars I eat. I will also exercise 6 days a week, and I will drink Shakeology every day. I will offer healthy meals and snacks to my kids, and will talk to them about the importance of making good choices in eating and activities. And I will blog about it, so I can hopefully inspire my friends and family to be healthy as well. ❤

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