A Different Me

I've tried to start this blog post a million different ways so I'll just start instead: I feel different. It's a weird statement but the only thing I could come up with. To stop being cryptic I'm talking about how I feel different now that I've started to pursue a healthier lifestyle. To catch you up really quickly about a month ago I started to follow the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan along with their workouts. I can't rave enough about the program but here's the thing: I feel different.

I hesitated to write about my fitness and nutrition journey because this isn't something I felt the need to talk about. That was until I realized that I had a serious case of writer's block because I mainly write about my life, with a hint of style, food, and travel. Since being healthy is the main thing going on in my life, my writing seriously dried up. Now I think it's time to talk about it and maybe someone will stumble across this blog post and feel inspired.

I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment that I wanted to be healthier and stronger but it was probably when I got tired of feeling sorry for myself. When I looked in the mirror I was disappointed. I didn't look the way I wanted to look and knew it was time for a change. Choosing Tone It Up was probably the best choice I could have made. Like I mentioned before, I've made attempts to be healthy and to work out but nothing ever stuck. The thrill of finishing a 5k didn't make me a runner and having open access to a gym didn't make me want to put on workout gear. But Tone It up has motivated me in a way nothing else I've tried. I love the positive message of loving your body and fueling it with things that will make you feel good. Karena and Katrina have built a community page that works like Facebook but is filled with inspiring messages and supportive girls who know the struggle between being healthy and really liking Reese's peanut butter cups.

The message is simple: lean, clean, and green. Get at least two miles of cardio, which doesn't even have to be running; it can be biking, the elliptical, or a high-intensity interval workout found on YouTube. There's also a focus on toning which has revolutionized the way I think about my body. I am strong! Lean and strong muscles are cropping up where I didn't know I had them. I was always so-so about being muscular but I realize I feel and look strong like a woman should. I'm exploring new foods and recipes and those new foods are making me feel good. Don't get me wrong I still have struggles and want things I know I shouldn't eat. Sometimes I eat those things because life is about living and not worrying. But now I know how to get back on track and make myself feel good. And the best part? I no longer worry about the scale. I feel strong, I take care of my body, and I'm happy.

That's how I sum up "feeling different." It's feeling healthier and fitter than I ever have before. It's seeing myself in a different light, a happier light. I was always afraid or cautious about making a change to something different but now I can't imagine things any other way.