Unselfishly Choosing Myself and My Health

I’ve made it a goal this year to get fit. Why? I think  I’m hilarious. My favorite thing about myself is that I can crack myself up in minutes and laugh about it for days. So what does that have to do with getting fit? Honestly, I’m not always a fan of my body. My body doesn’t make me feel the same way I do when I crack a really good joke.

The Why

The thing about my body though, is it’s what sustains my life. God’s given me one chance (well let’s be real He gave me a really good guardian angel so my clumsy self can get a few more than one) to live a really awesome life. I’ve spent ~23 years avoiding healthy foods, the gym, and really anything else that’s good for me because I didn’t like it. Yeah, that makes sense, I hate the gym and it makes me anxious, so why should I go? Well, I should probably go so I don’t get out of breath when I run up the stairs. I really don’t like salads and make I gross salad face when I eat them, so I haven’t eaten them. Well, they’re full of antioxidants that help me from getting sick, and they help make eating chips slightly more healthy.

Avoidance

The thing about being healthy for me has always been out of pure laziness and snacks taste better than veggies. It’s easier to grab takeout or fast food on my way home from work than it is to cook a healthy meal for one when I get home. It’s easier to heat up some chicken nuggets in the microwave then it is to bake some chicken. It’s easier to eat like crap. 

Acceptance & The Test Group

So to get myself to the gym I pay for I followed some fitness blogger, @DaniPowerYoga to be exact, and she kept posting about this test group. So in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to join. It’s day 12 and honestly, I’m already tired of it but I’m pushing through to day 80. This test

It’s not easy, there are a LOT of rules. I would be lying if I said I was going to follow all of them. I won’t. I’m trying to make myself live a healthier life and I’ve come to the realization that if I only eat what I’m told to for these 80+ days I’m going to go crazy binge eating when I’m done.

So I’m trying my best. I’m getting fit. I’m hopefully going to lose some weight and go on a vacation and feel great in a bikini after this.

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Making My Way Downtown

Today I decided to start you know getting healthy, and since it was a beautiful day I decided to take a walk along the creek that’s in the city I go to school in. There must’ve been something going on because there were so many people, however that didn’t really impact my fast walk at all.

I actually took some pictures to share with you guys, it’s like a mini adventure!

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I started my  walk with some throwback to the Jonas Brothers, who doesn’t love them? If you say you don’t you’re probably lying.

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Just an old street in the city. All of the sidewalks are a mixture of brick and cement, it’s cool however it makes it easy to twist ankles and trip.

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I’m not sure why it’s like this, I mean I’m sure there’s a reason. I just think it’s really pretty. I followed this creek end to end, so it was a fairly long walk.

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The other side of whatever this is with a bell tower in the back, oo la la.

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This part of the city is really cool, these buildings are protected so they can’t be changed too much. It’s an old part mixed with a new part, so all of the new buildings are designed to look like those from the antebellum period.

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The bridges over the creek are each designed in a different fashion. This one is obviously decorated in ivy, however, it’s probably my least favorite.

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This is another old section of the city.

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Another bridge. This one I believe tells the time, however I did not examine it closely at all.

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This is the best picture I could get of the next bridge. This one is very modern suspension bridge. It’s really cool because each end splits into two sides of a walking bridge.

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This bridge is actually painted not really like this. It’s right out front of the art museum, which is also really cool.photo 2 (8) - Copy - Copy - Copy

Well this is kind of just an artsy picture I tried to take.

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Here is another bridge by the art museum, it’s made out of metal/steel/something. It has really cool intricate details in which sadly you can’t really see in the picture.

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This is an angel that looks like she coming out of the wall but really it’s just a painting and if you look at it front on it’s very wide. People find it creepy because no matter where you stand it looks like she’s coming towards you. It’s kind of one of those things you have to see in person to understand.

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This looks like a real door and people try to open which is dumb because it’s painted.

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This is an example of a new building that tried to make look older.

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I believe this is the art museum but I can’t remember. Whoops.

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This is how I brought my key with me so I didn’t have to bring my whole wallet with me. I also put my id card in my phone case. Just a little trick incase you don’t want to bring everything with you when you run out.

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Don’t judge me I’m really into this One Direction song off of their new album. Check it out, it’s actually really good.

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Well I stopped as I was walking back to campus for my free coffee, trenta iced coffee with caramel. I also had a water bottle with me because it’s important to stay very hydrated. Especially when you drink things like coffee because they tend to dehydrate you.

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Pretty roadview.

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Stop light on East Patrick Street. One of my favorite streets in the city.

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Another road with old houses and brick sidewalks. Many of the houses are preserved as historical landmarks which shows a lot of history.

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I also enjoyed this song on my way back to campus, Mr. Right, by On Your Side.

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And finally here is an ugly selfie to show how upset I was about being sweaty. However, I feel really refreshed now and I might take a longer route back to campus after church tomorrow.

Okay so that was me trying to be healthier. I’m trying guys, really trying. Not only am I avoiding french fries and fighting off the urge to eat them everyday, I’m doing good. So here’s just a little update on my fitness life and such, mixed with a little adventure. I have to try and make it interesting otherwise I’m not going to be able to do it.

Leave me tips in the comments please!

XOXO,

Mary