I owe so much of my happiness in life to my commitment to health & fitness. I feel as though everyday I continue this journey I not only becoming a healthier person but a happier one as well. So it was really great to sit back and think about what were the best decisions that led me here.
1. Running my first half marathon
My first half-marathon was the Stampede Road Race in Calgary in July 2011. Looking back I can’t recall what made me sign up. I had never ran a race before and had never shown an interest in running. I think I decided to just challenge myself with something new.
The thing about running I learned very quickly is, it’s addicting. That first race was like a gateway drug. I accomplished something amazing and was rewarded with a shiny medal. I was hooked, I needed more.
Becoming a runner has led me to amazing experiences, travel opportunities and meeting wonderful people. My life would be very different right now had I never went to that first start line.
2. Strength training
Strength training wasn’t something I immediately fell in love with. For a long time I thought like a lot of girls think, I don’t want to get ripped, I don’t need to worry about my biceps, etc and so I didn’t worry about it. I focused on cardio but once I started with strength training I noticed changes in my body. I felt stronger, I felt more confident, I felt good about myself.
Balancing running with strength training can sometimes be tricky but I know how much I enjoy it and what it does for my body. This year I’ve committed at least 2 days per week at GoodLife Fitness for strength training which I think will be a great decision for my health & happiness.
3. Intuitive Eating
I haven’t talked a lot on my blog about my history of eating but suffice to say I’ve had a long history of disordered eating. When I learned about the concept of Intuitive Eating, something clicked for me. I didn’t want to be controlled by food or have feelings of guilt anymore. I made the decision to work on my food acceptance and I’m happy to say I achieved it.
I don’t diet or restrict, I eat to nourish my body and my soul. I’m at peace with food which truly changed my life.
4. Self Acceptance
Coming to peace with food was the first step, coming to peace with my body was the second and much harder step in my health journey. I was so tired of the self deprecation and worrying about what others thought of me. Learning to love accept and love my body for what it is now and whatever it might become made me a happier person.
I truly believe that acceptance of your body and self-confidence is a decision. I would say it was the best decision I ever made (I wrote a full post on how I achieved it here).
5. Starting a blog
Blogging has been a wonderful creative outlet but also a great motivating tool. I blog about my health & fitness so it’s expected that I mostly follow my own advice. I really enjoy the accountability and it pushes me to want to achieve more.
I am also so inspired by other healthy living bloggers and I value the connections I have made with each one of them.
What are the best health & fitness decisions you have ever made?
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own