I get caught up in the monotony of day to day activities too often. Sometimes it is hard to see past tedious things, and appreciate what a beautiful thing life actually is, no matter how fragile it may be.
It seems so silly that I spend time on paying attention to calories and numbers on a scale. If I die tomorrow, I probably would have wished my last meal included peanut butter and chocolate instead of lettuce.
Okay.. I realize that eating dessert for every meal, in case it happens to be my last, is not a good way to live. I would be about 599 pounds if I did that, but you understand my point.
My Birthday last year in PR.
I was so happy in this picture. I was not calculating in my head the number of calories and lack of nutrients in that cake in front of me. I enjoyed it. I loved it. Probably got a stomach-ache from eating too much of it, but I enjoyed it. It was my birthday.
In the past year, my strive and dedication to become healthy has definitely opened my eyes to a lot. I am a lot healthier. I have no regrets about my lifestyle change, even though my initial way of counting calories was probably not the smartest way to start. I am glad I started somewhere though. This time last year, I never would have considered eating less packaged and processed foods. I never even thought about all the extra chemicals and preservatives thrown into my food. I did not even have an interest in nutrition, and now, it is one of my largest life passions.
Limiting myself is not good. If you try to live a healthy life by depriving yourself and defining your life by numbers, you will never, ever be happy. My last birthday cake you see up there? I probably ate a good three – five pieces of that raking in a couple thousand calories. Have I become an unhealthy, overweight person because of that? No. Not in the slightest. While I would never make a habit of eating like this, you cannot be perfect all the time. This is something that I am working on letting go, and I am improving, slowly but surely. My path in life isn’t completely in my control, so I have to embrace everything life throws at me. :)
This is a bit in-depth for a weekend. On another note, I have some links I would like to share.
Being Optimistic May Reduce Risk of Stroke – http://pulse.me/s/MVxz
Stay hydrated and cool this weekend, I knew Jacob, and his loss his a true tragedy. Please keep the Bower family and those who were closest to him in your prayers.