Happy Wednesday loves!! Is it just me or is this week flying by?!? We loved having my parents in town and miss them terribly already! Can’t wait for them to be back again next month.
One thing that I love about having my parents around (in addition to all of their help with the kids and around our house!) is all of the walks we take together. My parents are, and always have been, a positive example of being physically active. When I was younger my mom would always start out her day with a run at the lake. And my dad was out of the house before 5am (so early!!) to hit the gym before going to work. On the weekends they were always running and walking the lakes and hills by the house for exercise.
When we’re together a lot of time is spent outdoors running, walking and hiking. And I love it!! I also love that my kids see their parents and grandparents being physically active. It is something that is really important to me, and I want to be the same positive example to my kids that my parents are (and always have been) to me.
Even when my parents are not around, staying physically active is a big priority for me. Most days you can find me running 3-4 miles outside (many times with Sam in the jogging stroller and occasionally with Sam AND Josh in the double jogger…talk about a killer workout!!). When it’s not nice out or when I want to change things up I alternate between Pure Barre classes a few times a week and BBG workouts at home.
Something that has really stuck with me is how what we eat is meant to fuel our bodies. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, but after three babies and being in my thirties that is not the case anymore. Now I’m more conscious of what I eat, and drink. And I want nutritious foods that will build muscle and help support my workouts in toning my body.
Back when I worked for the showrooms I would have two Diet Cokes before 10am every single morning. So bad!! Before Jordan and I got married I went on a health kick (nothing is quite as motivating as being a bride!!) and I completely stopped drinking Diet Coke all together. Fast forward a few years to when Charlie was a newborn…I was not much of a coffee drinker and those sleepless nights with a new baby left me craving some caffeine. Sadly enough the Diet Coke addiction returned. And stayed until just a few months ago.
Suddenly I realized that I was back to drinking two diet cokes a day. And that I would often drink one right before, or even worse right after a run. At the same time I noticed that no matter what I did or ate I constantly felt bloated. You may recall from this post that I was even considering a gluten free diet because I thought that gluten may have been the culprit.
Then my dad, who had also been a Diet Coke fanatic, mentioned how he felt so much better since he stopped drinking it. I decided to stop. cold. turkey. And you know what…my bloating went away!!!
Now I focus on drinking more water. I love green juices, and have one almost daily.
Have you had a similar experience with sodas?
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