Everyone wants a quick fix when it comes to dieting. We live in such a society that demands instant gratification that very few people are really willing to put in the required time and effort it takes to see results (that last). What people don’t realize is that overall health and wellness really is a lifestyle choice.
I’ve been working out for over 15 years. When I was younger, I always took part in activities – basketball, dance, tae kwon do, etc. But I didn’t take working out seriously until I was about 14 years old. I had just moved from sunny southern California to small-town, quiet Massachusetts. I had all the time in the world to work out since I didn’t know anyone, and so I did. I started by walking, which turned into running, which eventually turned into a new healthy lifestyle.
I began to really delve into this world of healthy living to the point that my life was almost consumed of it – in a good way. Being raised with mostly Filipino dishes, although yummy, not the healthiest dishes, I ate really bad. But I changed that. I decided I wanted something different for myself. So, I started making changes slowly. I eliminated soda, then rice, then anything that was too fatty or had too much sugar. I went from being a 5ft 7in, 180+lb regular high schooler to a 145lb runner.
Running was my saving grace. I was running all the time, racing, just loving every bit of working out and eating healthy food to support my workouts. I would challenge myself once I saw a plateau ahead. Try different kinds of runs. Try different eating styles. Started lifting weights. I would mix it up, find something I liked then change it up when I became complacent. It was great. (I’ll be sure to post a link of my experiences with different diets and workouts here soon.)
At one point, I even considered and started to train for a bikini competition. It was hard. Working out twice a day, plant based dieting, two jobs with a 3 hour commute every day. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to admit that I couldn’t do it. In fact, I was pretty disappointed with myself for not finishing the training I had set out to do, but ultimately, I’m glad I didn’t. Training was sucking the life out of me and turning my most treasured me time into something I absolutely disliked.
When this dissatisfaction invaded my me time, I had to think back (and sometimes still do) about how and why I started. I started because I wanted to do something that made me feel good about me and was good for me – and this still holds true! So this is when I began to find and understand the importance of finding my balance. I am in no way knocking people that can and do compete. I have friends that do it. But for me, it doesn’t feel the same. It doesn’t give me that happiness it gives others. My happiness takes me back to the beginning. It is found in knowing I have found my balance. I have achieved my ideal. And I am living my healthy lifestyle that fits with my family.