As I was running last week I heard Heather from Half My Size make this comment:
“Finding a healthier body should be a pleasure, not a punishment.”
Do you know how many times I’ve felt like my slower metabolism, and taste for high-fat, high-sugar foods are a curse and need to punished by healthier eating and exercise??? Assuming you follow my blog because you are also striving to live a little healthier I’m sure you can relate.
When I heard that comment though, I actually stopped to type it out exactly as she said it because I wanted to remind myself healthier food choices and regular exercise need not be punishment for me being “bad”. Instead, as a fellow blogger friend told me once, it’s like I have an illness that needs special attention.
When I’m completely honest I would not exercise or give a care if I ate less sugar/breads if I was thin. Sad to some, but true.
However, I know diabetes runs in my family and I know my joints were already feeling the weight of my unhealthy lifestyle (pun intended), so I was happy to begin making some changes to prevent myself from going farther down the path of an unhealthy lifestyle.
And while there are times I groan because I can’t eat “whatever”(all the time) or I may not feel like I want to exercise, I know I always feel better when I do what is better for my body.
In fact, when I finished my run that day I said to no one in particular… “It’s my pleasure!” to make healthier choices. 🙂