For the next 30 days, I will be participating in the WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge by blogging about a predetermined topic each morning. Please visit http://blog.wegohealth.com to learn more - and please check back each evening for your regularly scheduled programming.
As followers of the blogosphere, you know that there are many different types of blogs: health and fitness blogs, blogs about daily life, book-review blogs, political blogs, fashionista blogs, feminist blogs, and the list goes on and on.
While BFF and I have another blog on which we post ridiculous dating stories (not nearly as often as we should), there was only one thing I knew my individual blog would be about: healthy living.
Over the past couple of years, I have immersed myself in a (mostly) really healthy lifestyle: I eat a (relatively) balanced diet, I am cognizant of where my food is grown and raised, I am aware that food is fuel for the body, I do not overindulge in alcohol (too often), I appreciate fitness and exercise, and I feel strong and healthy - both physically and emotionally.
But, it has not always been like that. When I was younger, I was a hardcore soccer player, and I ran and swam during the summer as conditioning for (and as a supplement to) soccer season. Basically, I was always on the go - nonstop. And even though we were all busy doing different activities, my mom would cook dinner every night, usually a main dish accompanied by vegetables.
When I went to college, however, that changed: I hardly worked out at all because I was "too busy" or "too tired" or "too wanting to hang out with my boyfriend." And since my only appliance in the dorm was a microwave, many meals consisted of ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, and beer.
Needless to say, I gained quite a bit of weight. And wasn't happy.
That lifestyle and that attitude stuck with me for several years. Maybe three years ago or so, however, I started really focusing on nutritious eating, consistent exercising, and healthier living in general. I am not sure how or why the lightbulb finally clicked, but I am very thankful it did.
Over the years, I have tried several workout programs: kickboxing with Farrell's, bootcamp with Max Life Fitness & Nutrition, running with See-Us Run Des Moines, spinning and Y-Pump at the YMCA, cycling on the city trails, CrossFit with my buddies, and more. And I have fallen in love with how I feel (and how I look) when I have constant movement in my life - and I want to share that with others.
In addition, I have finally found the perfect "diet," one that is doable, one that makes sense, and one that is focused on a wholly nutritional plan. And in doing so, I have found a plethora of fantastic healthy recipes that I love sharing with others, cooking for others, and, of course, eating. :)
Essentially, the reason I blog about healthy living is not only to hold myself accountable but also because I am happy with the life I am living in regards to fitness and nutrition, and I want to - and need to - share that love, inspiration, and knowledge with as many people as possible.
I can only hope that The Swallow Flies accomplishes that.