In most of my posts, I talk about the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits, and I realized I have been missing a key part to healthy living, a healthy mind. Working out is one of the best things to establish this. Healthy body, healthy mind..pretty nifty stuff.
One of my favorite quotes I recently heard sums up how I feel about working out and its power over the mind says, “you are only one workout away from a good mood.” I recently hadn’t been in this best mental state, and realized I also had not worked out in three days and was eating like I was in high school again, when I had lightning-fast metabolism. Once I got myself back in the gym, I really did feel instantly better. This feeling also made me not want to eat shit!
Healthy mind, healthy you.
Healthy you, healthy mind.
Keep that in mind if one of the two go out of whack!
Spring break has come and gone. I went to Destin with what feels like the entire OSU student body. While I couldn’t wait to be soaking up the sun with my best friends, I knew that working out and eating healthy probably will not be the easiest accomplishment. At first, I thought, “ I will try to wake up and go run and eat healthy” then I decided, “ it is vacation, a little splurging won’t kill me”.
So, for a week, I did not work out and did not try and limit myself to a certain number of calories. Basically, I went into a food coma every night after dinner. I am not suggesting stuffing your face all vacation, but taking a break from your normal health routine can be good. After three days, I was ready to get moving again and was happy to get back in the gym once we returned.
Enjoy your vacation time, eat bad food and sleep in! Just don’t let those habits follow you home!
For spring break, I head to Destin. My group is getting a late start, so I decided to visit my parents before leaving.
It was a beautiful evening the night I made it back and felt like going for a run. My dad saw me putting on my tennis shoes and decided to go with me (he was always an avid runner until his knees started giving him trouble).
This was probably one of my favorite evenings spent with my dad. We jogged three miles and talked the whole way. I learned how much running meant to my dad, and now feel even more connected to him each time I do it.
Next time you go home and get the chance, exercise with a close family member. Even if you just walk around your neighborhood, it will be not only good for your body, but also good for your soul. Ask questions and enjoy your family while you have them.
(Sappy post… I know! I was just feeling the family love!)
“Pinning” – my new hobby . The Web site Pinterest has been added to the list of online activities to waste my time. However, I have found that you can use the site to help out with your goal toward a healthy lifestyle! There are countless at home workouts you can follow (I have been doing a particular one for a week now, holy geez!!).
Another great way to use Pinterest for good, not just to plan an imaginary wedding, is to find great healthy recipes. I have a board “yummy healthy” just for meals that fit those needs. I have tried a few, they do not disappoint!
If you already are on Pinterest, follow me by searching “Kellee Cooper.” If you don’t have an account,get one! You won’t regret it!
I hate fish.
Eating them, not the living ones.
I wish I was a fan because they are so good for you, but I just can’t develop a taste for them. This problem makes Lent interesting. For those who don’t know, during Lent you aren’t supposed to eat meat on Friday. Growing up, I would stick to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but I recently made a breakthrough…I will eat shrimp!
I frequent a site and found delicious, healthy recipes for those of you though share my loathing for the taste of fish! Maybe someday I can join the rest of the population and enjoy fish, until then, shrimp it is! Let me know if you have any good non-fish, non-meat meals to try out for the rest of Lent!
Ash Wednesday has come and gone, this means a certain food group is forbidden to enter my mouth until Easter morning. Every year for Lent, I give up the thing that is hardest for me to part with and every year it is the same thing, sweets.
So, instead of sugar, I will be eating lots of fruits (as I should) and lots of gum (I don’t count that). The thing I love about not eating sweets is that after the first week I tend to be just fine without them, and after Lent it takes my sweet tooth longer to kick back in!
My plan is to try and keep the sweet tooth away as much as possible once Easter comes around because my sugar intake has been too much in the recent weeks! I will let you know how I am feeling next week without taking my weekly frozen yogurt stop!
Join me if you want a rewarding challenge! 36 more days!
Last week included the day of love that so many people hate, Valentine’s Day. If you do not have a significant other, you may want to stop reading here because this post is dedicated to maintaining a healthy relationship in more ways than one.
Doing physical activities with your partner can be extremely rewarding (get your mind out of the gutter!). Going for a run together, hiking, or even just riding to the gym together is a great way to stay connected.
The normal college diet of fast food and spaghetti can get old fast, so cooking together is a fun way to spice things up. My boyfriend and I grilled chicken and vegetables not too long ago, it was one of my favorite dates we have had.
Next time one of you is searching for how to spend your time together, get cooking or get physical! 😉