My Healthy Living Challenge

Today is my fourth day of running. Let’s take a moment to celebrate that, because we should celebrate accomplishments.

Yay! Woohoo! (Yes, I just woohooed)

Thank you!

You might be asking why we are celebrating four days of running when I have written other posts about being a runner. You might have read about how I became a runner and my confessions about not running as often as I should. If you haven’t, you can read them now.

For some reason after writing about only running three to four times a week even though I wanted to run six days, I started running no days. I went weeks (feels like months) without running.

Then, on Thursday, I decided to run. Out of the blue. I tied up my shoelaces and hit the pavement.

Then I ran again on Friday.

Saturday, I even woke up wanting to run. That hasn’t happened in quite some time, so I feel like I can start calling myself a runner again.

Ran again today and threw in some strength training for good measure. I know it has only been a few days, but it is the first step in getting back into my healthy lifestyle. When I wasn’t running, I also didn’t eat quite as healthy as I would like. You can imagine the results.

Yes, the number on the scale went up but that is only one number. Let me say that again in a different way – good health is not determined solely on the number on the scale.

So, I am challenging myself to live a healthy lifestyle again. Notice I didn’t say this is a fitness challenge or a weight loss challenge. This challenge is to get healthy. If I happen to lose weight along the way – Great!

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You might think this is not the best time to start trying to be healthy with the holidays approaching. I say it is the perfect time! I know I will not eat the best a few days over the coming month, but I won’t have to feel guilty about it because overall I will be focused on eating well and attaining my fitness goals. I should say re-attaining.

I would like to extend this healthy lifestyle challenge to you as well. Don’t wait until the New Year to make changes you could make today. You will be happy you did once the cork pops on the bubbly on New Year’s Eve. (Be sure to check back for a future post on resolutions and why I don’t make them!)

It is up to each of us to decide our goals. Make them attainable and hold yourself accountable somehow so you will set yourself up for success.

I want to hear about your healthy living successes! Comment below with your progress or encouragements to others!

Disclaimer: This post is not meant as medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or other health care expert before beginning a fitness routine or changing your diet.

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