Coming from someone who has lost nearly 100 lbs in the last 18 months, you might be surprised to hear that for the last couple of months, I really haven’t felt “healthy.” In the past three months, I’ve dealt with being exploited to plan an event I didn’t need to plan sucking up tons of time, packing my entire life in boxes and sending it to Chicago all the week before a trip to Mexico (which was wonderful, by the way), moving into my boyfriend’s childhood bedroom to live for a month, finishing one of the biggest events of the year for my employer, wrapping up a job and moving to Chicago. On top of that, trying to see all of my friends before I left for Chicago and dealing with the loss of a couple of relationships I once considered meaningful in my life.
In this time of stress, McDonalds Biscuits were often breakfast, dinners out were plentiful, and my time at the gym was literally zilch. I just couldn’t find the energy or the time to take care of myself when I had so much else to take care of and worry about.
So I set my priorities clearly upon coming to Chicago, and I am feeling healthier today than I’ve felt in months. I feel refreshed, I feel back to normal, I feel like me again. And here’s why:
- I’m starting my day off with a work out. I roll out of bed, throw on my sneakers and head downstairs to my apartment’s amazing gym to get in an invigorating workout.
- I’m drinking enough water. This may sound trivial, but it’s something that always reminds me to stay healthy. When I’m drinking enough water, I remember to exercise, eat right and feel good about myself. Water has always been a key for me in this whole weight loss journey.
- I’m eating a balanced and healthy breakfast, which is starting my day off well and keeping me healthy the rest of the day.
- I’m walking a lot each day – spending time outdoors, breathing fresh air, enjoying the crisp cool weather. Outdoors keeps me feeling refreshed!
So overall, I’m feeling healthy again. And looking forward to continuing this journey of health as I move through my employment transition and learn the ropes of the city here in Chicago.