It’s Wednesday and linking up with my two favorite Wednesday Link-ups:
WOW WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS! with
Wild Workout Wednesday
For the 1st time
Someone asked me the other day
‘why do you workout?’ ‘ actually it was more in a questioning/hating manner like ‘why do YOU workout?’ They proceeded to tell me, ‘you are already small and if you keep working out so much you are going to be nothing but skin and bones.’
Me: #blankstare #byefelicia
What the F#$#!
I am still rather peeved about it and although I refused to justify them with in answer (I just walked off), it did get me thinking about why I do work out? and so that is my theme for this Wow/Wild Workout Wednesday.
WHY I CHOOSE TO BE FIT AND HEALTHY
Vanity reasons would have me answer:
-I want to look HOT in and out of my clothes.
-I want to be one of those moms that people say ‘THAT’S YOUR MOM?!?!’ Not on the MILF level but surely the
-I want to be one of those wives that men say/think to themselves ‘damn he is lucky!’
In all seriousness (there is truth in the above though statements) but really
I choose to be fit and healthy
1. Being unfit and unhealthy is not an option!
No explanation needed there-right?
2. To stay healthy.
Both diabetes and heart disease runs in my family. Thankfully, at this time, my heart is a picture perfect heart. When I went to the cardiologist, I signed a release for him to use my EKG and Cardiac EKG results in his lectures to show what a well functioning heart looks like. I have to say, it I had gone to the cardiologist 3 years ago, the picture may have been a quite bit different.
2. To set a good example.
Setting a good example for those who are important to me especially my children. My father was (and still is) very active growing up and expected the same of his children. To this day, he walks daily and is one of the healthiest men that I know. At 71, all of his test come back reading as if he were 31 or younger. He eats what he wants (in moderation) and stays active. He set the example for me and I am hoping to do the same for my children. I want them to know that being fit and healthy is a choice and a choice that they can make and feel good about. I love that they are active children. My son plays soccer and my daughter in gymnastics. They love to play, run, jump, skip, hop and be active. I love hearing them say ‘mom is this healthy?’ ‘is this enough protein?’ ‘yes please I would like some vegetables/fruit?’ They watch me work out, encourage me when I am struggling and cheer me on in my races.
- 3. Makes me feel good!
Every morning when the alarm goes off at 5:30, I struggle to get up. I hit the snooze and then drag myself out of the bed. I really don’t feel like working out but I know once I do I will feel amazing! You know what….without fail….. I feel amazing after my workouts. Both running and weight training give me a high and a sense of accomplishment. Who wouldn’t want to start their day like that?
- 4. Makes me alert and ready to face the day!
I am a morning exerciser and so getting the blood pumping gets the brain functioning and ready to work. My food choices of generally protein, carbs and veggies gives me the nutrients I need to start the day and sustains me through out the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some cake, gummy bears, and anything with caramel and chocolate! but in moderation not excess and gluttony.
- 5. Builds my confidence (let me girlfriend tell it and she would say I don’t need any help with this-lol!)
Since beginning to be fit and healthy on a regular basis, my clothes choices are much more form fitting and body flattering. 3 years ago, you would have NEVER (never ever) caught me in leggings without a skirt covering them, a short skirt without leggings under them, a tank top without a jacket or shirt covering it or anything that shows or accentuates my butt. Now!…..child please!!!…there isn’t a tank, a legging, a short and tight skirt I don’t like.
- 6. To keep up with the young girls on the football field.
I am not as young as I use to be and I have found that my weight loss and body fat loss, has allowed me to run with (literally) girls who are twice as young as me (like I could be their mama!).
- 7. Improves quality of life.
Being fit and healthy has made me a better person. I am less stressed, more able to sleep (most nights), more friendly and overall in a better place. I am not saying that one can’t be those things without being fit and healthy but I know for me it has made a difference.
I could actually go on and on about this but I think I will stop here.
Why do you chohhose to be fit and healthy?