Day Three of my Seven day Blogging Blitz talks about my ongoing journey with my physical and mental health.
Hello, my gentle readers! In this blog post, I’d like to talk about being healthy, both mentally and physically. Let’s get this out of the way. I’m a big woman. I got tummy rolls, thick thighs, and stretch marks. I’m always going to be a big woman. That doesn’t mean that I don’t work out because I do. I enjoy going to the gym. I enjoy lifting weights. I’m not a fan of cardio, but I do it anyway. I say all of this because I don’t want you, my readers to get the wrong idea with this blog. I’m not going to be criticizing your lives and telling you what you should be doing with it. I’m merely telling you what’s important to me, and my overall health is one of those things.
This blog is sort of a continuation of my cooking blog because my cooking is directly linked to my health. After all, the food we eat is fuel for our bodies, and if we don’t have the right fuel, we don’t work at our best. I’ve done a lot of diets in my day, and pretty much all of them have disappointed me mightily. It wasn’t until I started working with a personal trainer that I was able to find a way of eating that actually gave me results.
He saw that I was working hard in the gym, killing myself day in and day out, but the food wasn’t matching up with what I was doing in the gym, so he put me on the Keto diet. Now, what the Keto diet is that your diet consists of 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% of carbs. Carbs are your body’s most preferred energy source. It’s just the easiest to break down for energy. Now, when you start on Keto, you force your body to use other things for energy, which is fat in this case. Your liver begins to produce ketones, which break down your fat stores to give you energy for the day. You eat mostly fat because it keeps you full and curbs any cravings you might have.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard of this diet, and you’ve heard that it’s not healthy and so on and so forth. That’s fine. I’m definitely not going to dismiss your concerns. I will reiterate that everyone’s body and health is different and what worked for me may not work for you. I’ll also say that in the time that I’ve been doing this diet, I’ve dropped 30 pounds. My weight loss has slowed down, due to me not being as strict as I once was, but I’ll be starting up again and getting those lbs down to where I want them to be.
Oh, but I did call this a continuation blog, didn’t I? The reason for that is because in my cooking blog, I talked about how much I love to cook and eat. Well, everything I cook is Keto friendly. That’s right, readers. Everything that I make is high fat, minimal protein, and very low carbs. Crazy, I know. I don’t skip meals, either. I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Well, to be honest, I try to have breakfast, but most times I’m not very hungry when I wake up. The main point is that anything that you see on this blog that I’ve cooked will be Keto friendly. That means it’ll have no sugar, no flour, high fat, and slim protein. I did promise to always tell you the truth, so this is just another step in being transparent with you.
That is only one aspect of health, the physical side. There’s also the mental side as well, which is arguably, the harder side to keep healthy. This life is not easy, and we all have to make our way through it. Some have a more difficult time than others. It’s okay to acknowledge when life is beating you up at the moment. That is not a weakness. In fact, it’s a sign of strength, to admit that something’s not quite right, that you may need a little bit of health to get through your current situation.
Now, I am by no means a mental health professional, but I do advocate for mental health. I’m a huge proponent of exercising self-care. If you need it, get the help that you need. Talk to someone; make that appointment to a therapist. I know it’s scary, the thought of bearing your soul to a stranger. No one’s saying that you even have to do that the first time you meet a therapist. That sort of work can’t happen without trust, so develop your trust with someone first.
Also, the therapist is not out to get you. They genuinely want to help you, but it is your life. That means that whatever you put into therapy is exactly what you’ll get out. Your therapist is never going to work harder than you will. If you want results, you have to put in the work.
This advice works for wanting to make a physical change as well. It’s hard, I know. If it was easy, everyone would do it. I can’t speak for others, but I want you, my readers, to be the healthiest person you can be, inside and out. Being healthy generates positive energy, and that energy can be passed on from person to person. Who knows, you might inspire someone to want to better their life. That’s what I hope to do. I want people to read this blog and think to themselves that if I could do it, then they could as well.
That’s my entry about fitness and health. I won’t dwell on it for too long, but every so often I will talk about it, and I didn’t want it to come as a surprise. Don’t hesitate to share with me what’s worked for you and what you do to take care of yourself. Let’s keep the positive energy circulating.