All it really takes to make a change is a single decision. A single tipping point. One tiny thing that makes you realize that you need a change, that something has to be different in order for you to be at the place where you want to be.
Whether that’s in your career, your relationships, your health, your hobbies, your family, whatever—something, some tiny thing, makes you change everything.
And the crazy thing is, you don’t even look back. Once in a while, you might feel a twinge for how things used to be—but so often, where things are going or how they are after your change—they’re so much better.
For years, I’ve had a seriously unhealthy relationship with food and my body. In high school, I counted every calorie. I skipped breakfast. I skipped lunch. I lied about being full and skimped on dinner. I became a vegetarian to avoid eating some foods. I became a vegan to have more excuses.
And then I went to college, and was constantly being held accountable for eating regularly. I then began a different relationship with food: cheap eats and comfort. Macaroni and cheese when finals hit, and the neverending smorgasbord of dining hall food. The gym was a “thing” until I was so wrapped up in going to school full time and working that the idea of working out was a joke.
From my senior year in high school to my junior year in college, I packed on twenty pounds. Since then, I’ve stayed at one consistent weight. Granted, I wasn’t a “healthy” weight in high school—after all, I severely cut calories and exercised like a crazy person. But right now, I’m not happy with where I’m at.
So, several months ago, I changed my outlook on food. After research, I began to understand the importance of calories, fat, protein, etc. I began eating clean. I listened to my lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant body and began cutting out dairy and most grains. I swapped rice for quinoa, granola bars for vegetables, skipping breakfast for steel cut oats and greek yogurt.
Now, I’m realizing my love for running and other exercise. I lead a very stressful, busy lifestyle, and I rarely have time to stop and process life. Running has given me a chance to bond with myself through body and soul, mind over matter.
Because we just graduated, B and I don’t have the money to travel quite yet. That doesn’t mean we can’t go on adventures. We will be crossing items off of our Idaho bucket list year. Idaho is an awesome place to live and explore, and though we’re natives, we haven’t done that many cool things in Idaho.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this. Let’s go on some adventures!