I have been thinking a lot lately about healthy living, or a healthy lifestyle, and what that entails. I honestly thought that I had it all figured out. I mean to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in right? Then when you get to your goal weight this way you just make sure you take in the same number of calories that you burn in order to maintain your weight. It all seems so simple. The problem is that there is WAY MORE to the equation than that.
I have been stuck somewhere around the 205 range (give or take a few pounds) for over a year now. For the life of me I have been wondering why that is… Now that I have really started looking into the whole healthy blogging community and all the wonderful blogs that are already out there being written by wonderful people who have already found their balance I realize what I have been doing wrong all this time.
My problem is simple….
I thought I was living a Healthy Lifestyle…
But what I have actually been doing is…
Yes that dreaded word. I made this realization when I started thinking back on all the things I have been doing.
- I have been restricting foods. Telling myself that I shouldn’t be eating this that or the other cause it is “bad for me”. BIG NO-NO!
- I have been exercising. I know this doesn’t sound bad but let me explain why it is. I have been exercising, not for the sheer joy of moving my body and building my strength but because I “have to” if I want to burn calories and lose weight. Totally wrong reason to work out!
- I have been living (and dying) based on the number on the scale. I feel disappointed when it is up and giddy with happiness when it is down. Do I want to live like that the rest of my life?
- I just have not been enjoying the process… How am I supposed to live a “healthy lifestyle” if the way I am living it makes me miserable?
So… In conclusion, I now know that I have to find a way to live a healthy lifestyle in such a way that I can be happy for the rest of my life living that way and still be able to lose the weight I need to lose to get “healthy” in the first place! In other words, I have to find my “balance” like so many of the wonderful women whose blogs I have been devouring online recently.
So I have been “FLY-ing” for a little while now. For those of you that don’t know what that is I suggest you check out www.Flylady.net. Marla Cilley (AKA The Flylady) is the originator of this site and her mission is to get you organized and in charge of your house and your life! She is awesome and I just love her! I am still in the beginning ‘baby steps’ of her system but I have to admit that never has my house looked better or my life been more peaceful.
Flylady’s tips, tricks and routines are exactly why I decided to title this blog ‘Reflections of a Reformed Housewife’ as this is what I consider myself to be now. Actually ‘reforming’ may be more appropriate. It is most certainly not an overnight process but I can say it is one of the few times that I have truly enjoyed keeping house.
My fiancé of course is ecstatic. He is not used to a woman that actually keeps the house neat without a lot of yelling and complaining. Our relationship has gotten a lot stronger and less stressful now because of the good habits that I am developing with Flylady’s help. All I can say is if you are like me and you are not a born housekeeper then www.Flylady.net is the site for you!
After reading through so many wonderful blogs by normal every day women just like me I decided that I really wanted to start writing my own. I will not claim to be an inspirational writer like one of my good friends from high school, nor will I claim to be the most interesting person in the world. Honestly it may be that the only people who ever really read this blog are me and maybe my close friends. But the truth is that none of that is the point. I want to write this blog for ME, not anyone else, so what does it matter if anyone ever reads it or not?
I am not sure yet exactly what I will be writing in this blog. Honestly right now there is a good chance that I will just write whatever strikes my fancy on any given day. It may be a funny story about my wonderful children, or a great new recipe that I tried, or maybe even the killer workout I did that day… I may even decide to write a review once in a while on some book I read, or a movie I saw, or a product I tried. So if any of this sounds interesting to you I hope that you will continue to check back in once in a while. For now however the night is growing late and it is time to begin my evening routine so that I can go to bed and sleep the sleep of the righteous. Good evening to you all and I will see you again soon!