My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

Hello there! Happy Thursday to you! โค I hope you’re doing well ๐Ÿ™‚ The topic of this post revolves around something I don’t often bring up, yet it is a crucial part of my life! Today, I’m talking about my health and fitness journey. I hope you enjoy!

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This past December, I decided that I was ready to begin caring for my body better than I had been before. The fears of injury and restriction had been holding me back for a long time – and before I go on, I’d like to share why.

Since I was the age of thirteen, up until very recently, I’ve struggled with recurring hip pain and doing anything too physically-involved. Minor injuries kept me back from enjoying sports and anything physical activity-related.

I struggled for a long time to see how the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I was so tired of hurting. I wanted to be able to run, ride my bike, get involved in sports, etc. Having a recurring weakness made worse through strain affected me for years.

However, as I near my 18th birthday, I’ve noticed something huge – my hips have not bothered me for quite some time now. I couldn’t tell you the last time I found my hips hurting was, and that’s saying a LOT!

I still don’t know exactly why the Lord would have me do so little in the ways of exercise until now, but hey, not everything is for me to know. Maybe it was simply so that I wouldn’t take for granted the beautiful blessing it is to walk, run, dance, and be physically fit. โค

Taking fitness slowly and building endurance has always been a struggle for me. That’s because when I’m passionate about something, then I’m all in! – which isn’t a smart mindset to have when it comes to creating any exercise routine. You have to build endurance and allow your body to adapt to those lifestyle changes! Otherwise, you’ll injure yourself, wear your body out, or ruin the initial mentality you had toward exercising: “I can do this!”

The fear I had throughout my pre-teen and teenage years held me back from doing anything than beginner-level exercising and stretching. That means that I wasn’t getting anywhere because I wasn’t sticking with any program that would help me build strength and move forward! It was smart of me, in a way, but I was more afraid than I should have been, and the agitation I felt toward my body hurt me more times than I can count.

Now, when it comes to how I eat, I’ve noticed a few things I need to change: I need to stick to serving sizes, and I have to curb my growing sugar addiction.

For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed eating the meals and snacks we have around the house. The majority of what we have and what I choose to eat are pretty good options, but I almost always serve myself too much. I’m tired of feeling more full than I need to! Even when the serving size suggestion is less than I would give myself, my body appreciates it when I eat a balance of nutrients, not just what looks good.

My sugar addiction, which I’ve started to notice is getting worse, is brought on when we stop somewhere to grab a snack/treat while we’re out of the house, when I bake homemade desserts, and when I get a craving for something sweet after nearly every dinner. My dad and brothers really like treats, and so do I now myself, but I must say that I’d rather have something once or twice a week than daily, haha! This is why I’m having to learn the art of resisting temptation.

I love filling my plate with food, but I don’t like how it makes me feel. Eating sugary foods is a lot of fun, but the fatigue that plagues me afterward isn’t worth it. Doing a relaxing activity is more fun than power-walking a few miles, but how good I feel after exercising is well worth the sacrifice.

I have a lot of goals in mind I am slowly putting in place in my life. My desire to do this is driven by the drive I feel for my wellbeing, overall health, and how much I want to care for the body the Lord has given me! It’s up to me to do the best that I can to care for and love the way my body is.

Here are some of my goals! If we have any in common, let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Drink soda once a week. Once I have this practice down, I’d love to change it to bi-weekly! I could easily have soda every day, which is so awful for me – I’d rather be drinking water.
  • Exercise/Stretch every day. Whether I’m power-walking in my bedroom, riding bikes with my brother, or doing an easy stretching routine, I can totally do this! I love how it feels to get fit, which is why this needs to be a daily practice in my life.
  • Eat out once a week. Sometimes, we’ll do more if things get hectic one week, but otherwise, I want to stick to eating the healthy foods here at home. It feels better to eat healthy.
  • Stick to serving sizes! I have to stop serving more on my plate than I want to eat! I have to remember that it feels better to eat the right amount for me.

Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope this could be an encouragement to you, because it sure encourages me when I see how others are moving along on their health and fitness journey. โค Speaking of encouragement, I’d like to give a quick shoutout to my beautiful friend Jordan’s most recent fitness post – it really encouraged me to keep going on my own journey!

I hope you have a beautiful day! Let me know in the comments below how YOU’RE coming along on your health and fitness journey!

Have a blessed day! โค

— Maggie

114 thoughts on “My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

  1. This was a great post! Highly relatable for me as I have pretty high cravings when it comes to anything sweet. I’m trying to stretch every day too and just cut back on serving sizes. Good luck girl! You got this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Veronica! โค ugh yes, I'm doing my best to stay away from too much sugar, haha! That sounds good – I'm doing the same ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, I wish the same to you!

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  3. Loved this post so much, Maggie! I wish you the best of luck on your fitness journey – you’ll do amazing!

    I know what you mean about the serving sizes – I’m very guilty of the exact same thing. I often think I’ll eat mountains of food, and then I’m halfway through and feeling too full already. And I understand the dessert thing as well – it’s really easy to pick up something sweet on the way home, and although I tell myself this is my treat for the week, I end up snacking on chocolate or
    even baking cupcakes every night!

    This post has really motivated me to start becoming a little healthier and developing some of these habits into my lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, great reading a post from you – I’ve missed so many as I’ve been inactive, but I’m looking forward to catching up xx ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Awww thank you so much! โค YES I have the same issue /: my eyes are bigger than my stomach, haha! I have to keep reminding myself to eat serving sizes, then get a bit more if Iโ€™m still actually hungry. With desserts, Iโ€™m learning that having less feels better than eating as many as Iโ€™d like! Iโ€™m so glad my post could inspire you! I canโ€™t tell you how nice it was to hear from you – Iโ€™ve missed your posts, and canโ€™t wait to read what youโ€™ve been up to!

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  4. Great goals Maggie and all realistic too! The sweet tooth and serving sizes hold a lot of people back from seeing the results that they really want; so if you can take control of these two things in particular you’ll do amazing.

    Great stuff, keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Well, if I’m being honest, two weeks of living on a soft diet threw me for a loop. Haha! And on top of that, fatigue plagued me for the week following the surgery, which put a huge dent in my daily exercising goal. However, now that I’m back to feeling normal again, I’d love to once again focus on eating right and staying fit. Thank you for the reminder, lol!! โค

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      1. Oh girl, circumstances like that cannot be avoided and a slight detour in health/fitness goals is only understandable โค But, I do know that accountability between friends is a wonderful gift when given lovingly–especially with like goals in mind, so I wanted to see how you were doing ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to think of you when I start to give myself self-degrading criticism, as a reminder that health is a means of self-care and that we are on this journey of self-love together ๐Ÿ™‚ By myself, I have a terrible tendency to focus on the Physical, on how I want to "change", "fix", or "improve" my appearance. I'm learning that I don't have to do rigorous, unpleasant exercise, but merely find a form of movement I enjoy and thank God I can do it. Simple as that โค

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      2. Most certainly. I didn’t feel guilty while taking the break from healthy living since my body needed it (soft food and taking it easy), so I’m only regretting it now since my skin’s not happy and my body’s out of shape, haha! It was definitely appreciated, Jordan! โค We most certainly are, and I know that we're well on our way to the beautiful places health-wise that the Lord has for us. ๐Ÿ™‚ Girl, I do the saaaame thing, and while it's good to want to focus on and makes changes on things that need improving, there's a healthy way to do so. I often struggle to find that balance! Very true โค

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  5. Thank you for sharing Maggie โค I have struggled with hip pain for quite some time and didn't think I would be able to find exercises that don't hurt it until I found barre. I was shocked at how I didn't have hip pain after taking a barre class, so I fell in love with the workout very quickly. I loved barre so much that I got certified to teach it. My instructor referred me to get certified with American Barre Technique because it's all online and she said it was an excellent program, so I went for it. I got certified and have been teaching barre ever since I got certified in 2015. It's been a blessing to find a workout that leaves me pain free as well as keeping my fitness and health at its prime. I thought I'd share my story with you because I can see your love for health and fitness. If you're interested here's the barre certification I went through: http://www.americanbarretechnique.com

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    1. You’re welcome! That sounds like such a great program – especially considering it wouldn’t affect my hips whatsoever! I’ll have to check it out, thanks for sharing your story with me!

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