Blog Post Numero Uno

Usually when a new year rolls on in I go to a party (or have one), eat my cabbage and black-eyed peas, have a glass of champagne, and go about the next day as if it were still the year before. This year, 2013, was a little different. Of course, I still did all of the above, but when all the fun was over, Ben (my husband) asked if I had made any resolutions. For some reason, this time, I got to thinking. What had I accomplished in 2012?

On one hand, I felt as though I had been lazy and unproductive. Time continued to pass by, and I continued to procrastinate on my dissertation. I did not even TOUCH the thing for 6 months. Six months. What the heck… I started to let my mind go down the path of what might have been. Oh, you know, like Dr. Amanda Szarzynski. That could have happened. However, it didn’t, and I know there are various reasons why in some way, that is ok. On the other hand, I thought of what I HAD done. I started my own business that has continued to be fairly successful, and I began a lifetime journey of fitness and healthy living. Not that I was super unhealthy before but I was definitely not mindful about the things I was putting in my mouth–whether that be portion size or nutritional value, and I had no consistent workout regime. In May of 2012, I started going to a bootcamp workout class (shameless plug: Train Insane with Destiny Flores!) with a friend and fell in love with feeling fit. I’m the kind of person that once I start working out, it makes me want to eat healthy. I mean, what’s the point of working out if I’m gonna go stuff my face with a cheeseburger and fries afterwards?! I wanted to see results from my efforts at the gym, and I discovered the road to results consisted of eating well. When I ate crap, I felt sick (literally) at bootcamp, so it just made sense to go all in–healthy eating, working out hard– the whole¬†shebang.

Workout pic

So after some thought and conversation with Ben, I came to the realization that not only had I been “productive” in a different way than I have known myself to be in the past, but ultimately I have made an important change in the way I do life. This change (eating healthy and exercising) is just one step though.

One of the first concepts I learned in undergrad was the “Bio-Psycho-Social” approach to assessing problems and provoking change. I like to add “-Spiritual” to the model, as do many folks I know. So in those terms, I have made some positive changes in the Bio or physical aspects of my life, as well as the Psycho or mental/emotional parts simply by eating better and working out. I want to continue growing and learning in the Social (relationships) and Spiritual parts as well. My hope ¬†in creating this blog is to not only share some good recipes and support living a healthy lifestyle (notice I have not said the dreadful “D” word..), but to also create an environment of thoughtful conversation and accountability. Thanks for reading!