Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint. A marathon by its nature is an endurance race that tests and tries the body, eventually taking it beyond its breaking point. Life is pretty much like that. It tests and tries us to see how much we can endure. It’s up to us what we do with it. Do we keep going or give up? Whether you are trying to reclaim your health, start a business, go back to school, or anything else it is trying. Personally, it is exhausting and sometimes it’s easy to want to give up. Join me today as I share where I am at with my journey to reclaiming my health.
Don’t Rush Things
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you want it to happen right away? As human beings, we want everything NOW. We don’t want to wait; we don’t want to make sacrifices to get there. The truth is none of these things can happen overnight. There is a process; there is a sacrifice to be made.
I remember back to my college days and wanting that diploma so bad. I had to complete 4 years of college to get there. Furthermore, I was going part-time so 4 years turned into 6 years, but I got there. I had to spend countless nights studying. I had to pay the cost. I had to make sacrifices to get there.
Past the Starting Line
Since June 2013, my husband and I have been on our journey to reclaiming our health. We are well past the starting line but not at the finish line yet. My hubby has lost 60 lbs. and I have lost 30 lbs. Both of us still have 30 more lbs. to go.
I wish I could tell you that there was a secret magic pill that has helped us, but I would be lying. Yes, we are on a medication to help us with our health issues, but we still have had to make changes in our eating habits and exercise regimen. I believe this combination has helped us get where we are today.
Our Training Plan
We are past the starting line, but we are not at the finish line. There are a lot of things we are having to do to get to the finish line. Then, we have to continue making the choices we have made so far to be able to maintain the new and improved us.
There are three things we have changed along the way. These things have made a huge difference. The problem is when we get off track with one of these we see it on the scale immediately.
- Water Intake
Exercise has become second nature to me because I enjoy what I am doing. As many of you know, I go to Zumba with my daughter. Both of us love music and dancing and so Zumba doesn’t feel like exercise. It is fun and we enjoy spending that time together.
My husband is currently undergoing physical therapy and can’t work out yet. He is ready to begin but has to wait to get the okay from the doctor. He doesn’t like dancing so I know I will never get him to Zumba, but that’s ok. He needs to find something he likes so that he can make it a way of life. If you enjoy it, you will stick to it!
Food and Water
Our biggest struggle is water. Drinking water all day seems like a chore, yet we know it is necessary for successful weight loss. It is recommended we drink half of our body weight in ounces of water. I feel like I spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else in the house.
I am happy to report that eating healthy is easy for us. I don’t prepare separate meals for the kids. We all eat the same thing. I just find recipes that are healthy and taste good. The kids absolutely LOVE the food and beg for more!
This past week I prepared this Asian Grilled Chicken VIEW RECIPE HERE. I made a bigger batch and so I doubled everything and added more Agave Honey as we like a really sweet taste. I marinated these for about 6 hours, put them on skewers, and put these on the grill. These were so GOOD!!