Sunday, February 8, 2015

Getting Healthy- My Other Passion

In the past year it seems like teachers every where are getting healthy, getting fit, eating right, working out and supporting each other.

It's amazing!

For those of you that follow my Instagram (thank you!) you've already seen lost of pictures of my personal fitness and health journey and until now I haven't posted about it in detail here on my blog. But that's going to change… I want to share about journey.

Over the past few years I have been working hard to transition my whole family to clean eating by researching different products, slowly introducing new foods and new meals into our rotation, trying out freezer cooking, and educating my country-boy husband on the benefits of things like vegetables, quinoa, green smoothies! 
To be totally honest, and fair it's been a smooth and easy job.

Last summer I was nearing the end of my second maternity leave and I wanted to take advantage of the warmer weather to really up my fitness routine. I had signed up to do the Mud Hero with my husband and a friend ( a 6km run with 16 obstacles) and was determined to be prepared for it. One of my best teaching buddies, Erin from A Piece of the Apple posted about an accountability group she was running in the summer and I jumped on board.

So here we are about 7 months later…what's come of all this fitness and healthy eating?
Well, I'm glad you asked. 
(Or I asked? Either way I'm going to tell you!)

All through the summer I trained for the 6km run, I went on long walks with my dog and the baby in the stroller. 
I started drinking Shakeology and tried Piyo (LOVED THEM). 
I did Three Weeks No Cheats (Thanks For Blogness' Sake).

I loved it all.
I felt strong.
I felt powerful. 
I felt healthy and I felt confident.

And you may not believe me, but I never weighed myself once.
I took measurements.
I took pictures.

But I didn't step on the scale.

Because to be completely honest I've been around the same weight off and on (off during pregnancy!) for about 5+ years.
What's changed is how I felt about myself.
How my clothes fit.
My confidence level.
The amount of energy I had.
How my body looked to me.
How I felt about how it looked.

When I eat right, workout and take care of myself I am happy with my body. No matter what number is on the scale.

Now I know a lot of people live by the scale. 
They weigh themselves frequently and they may be cursing me right now.
And I understand that.
But just try it. 

Put your scale away for one month. 

Find a meal plan that you like.
Do a workout that you enjoy and that challenges you.
Write down nice things about yourself and your life.
Join an accountability group.

In one month see how you feel.
I'm willing to bet you won't care what the scale says.

You are all teachers (I think…) would you ever let one test score define a child in your class?
No, you wouldn't.
So why would you let one scale number define who you are either?

So where am I going from here?

Well, I am just finishing up running my very first accountability group on Facebook as a health/fitness coach. 

I'm going to be starting the Whole 30 next week. 

I have plans to run Mudderella this summer (10km and 25 obstacles).

I am continuing with my love for PiYo and have added in T25 using a hybrid schedule and hope to try a new workout program in March.

It's become a part of my life.
I love it.

I want it to be part of your life too.

So I am embarking on a new blogging journey and will be posting all about my passion for clean eating, health and fitness over at 

Clean Eats, Moves Feet!

I would love for you to join me over there and check out my new blog. 
I'll be sharing recipes, meal plans, fitness ideas and anything else I can think of related to this journey I'm on!

If you have any questions and want to talk to me about my journey please feel free to email me (thinkingofteach (at) gmail (dot) com or contact me via Instagram.

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