Week 11: The Simple Things

at the farmer's marketI’ve been saying how becoming healthy really boils down to making a lifestyle change. This weekend, I was surprised to see how much being active and eating right really have become a lifestyle for me—and how much richer it makes every day.

I’ve found ways to make “working out” not be the dreaded part of my day anymore. Eleven weeks ago (heck, up until even a month ago), I would slap my alarm clock at 5am when it went off, groan, and grimace at the thought about running a few miles as everyone else in my sleepy town snoozed soundly in their comfy, cool beds. But now, I only get up to run in the morning if I am really looking forward to it the night before. If I go to bed excited to get up to run, it’s sooo much easier to actually get up and go. If I don’t want to get up in the morning, well, I am not going to force myself—I’ll work out after my workday, when I’m ready.

But better yet, I have found a less jolting and enjoyable way to work out in the morning: biking! It’s pretty much my new favorite thing. I love the way the wind rushes past me as I whiz down the tree-lined, shady bike path; the break from the pavement is relaxing and peaceful to wake up to. I feel like I am alone in the world, that it’s my day for the making. What do I want to do – what do I want to accomplish? In the early morning, by myself, the sun coming up over the trees and the birds chirping in the background, I really feel like I can do whatever I want. It’s most often the calmest time of my day, and it’s something that I’ve come to truly appreciate.

Eating healthy, too, has become something I appreciate and enjoy now. I like looking for recipes online, finding new ways to take normal, simple ingredients and turning them into something delish. And let’s face it, after working all day, going for a long workout, and doing my laundry/cleaning the bathroom/whatever other chores I need to get done, I don’t have a whole lot of time left for my boyfriend. So now we make dinner together some nights, and guess what? I know I’m kind of a dork, but…It’s fun! I get excited for the nights we plan on making dinner together, debating all day on what to make and then cooking up a storm. I’m glad we’re able to find a way to make a healthy lifestyle something that works for both of us, and for both of our schedules.

But, what’s my favorite “healthy eating” part of my life at the moment? Going to the farmer’s market! Every weekend, my city (like a lot of cities) closes down a whole street early on Saturday morning, and by 8am it is lined by white and blue tents with tables and tables of fresh fruits and vegetables (and baked goods, jewelry stands and other shopping delights). I was finally able to go to the market this weekend, and literally spent every last dollar I had in my wallet. A big tasty bran muffin, one giant cucumber, plump cherry tomatoes, little fingerling potatoes (can you say YUM?) and sweet, juicy peaches were my treasures of the morning. Something about browsing the market early on a Saturday, with the somewhat festive and happy atmosphere of it all, makes finding fresh, healthy produce a fun thing… I couldn’t wait to get home and figure out what to make with my veggies. And the home-grown peaches? They blew my store-bought peaches out of the fridge and into the garbage. I urge you to find out about your local farmer’s market and check it out this week. You’ll love it!

All in all, this week I have been thinking about how it is often the simplest things in life that make a difference, and these simple parts of my week are what make me the happiest. What I can’t believe is that three months ago, these “simple things” weren’t really a part of my life at all. Now, I can’t imagine things any other way.

How do you make a healthy lifestyle work for you?

Tell me about it. :)

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 153 pounds
This week: 151.5 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Happy weekend,
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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