Tuesday, May 5, 2009
bridal body building
I've had a couple friends who shed SERIOUS poundage for their wedding day. Some did it with the help of pricey personal trainers, weight watchers, or just plain starvation diets (yikes!). Yea, those plans worked and the ladies looked lovely on their day (but honestly, they would have looked just as radiant, just as happy, and just as in love if they had been their typical self!) But I understand that everyone wants to be at their personal beautiful best as a bride. I know I do.
Med school was stressful on my body - the first whole year I don't think I exercised one time (which is hiLARious as I was too busy studying health to actually be healthy!). My eating habits totally sucked...full of study food that was easy, cheap, and whatever my study group could order in. I didn't gain a huge ton of weight or anything - but my health declined. Obviously. So. In my second year I started to re-define my own health. I didn't want to fall into a diet trap (they don't work...we allll know that). I wanted to seriously start working-out and making healthy choices. I lived alone at that time, and was able to sneak in awesome workouts and didn't buy anything at the grocery store that wasn't "good" for me. My plan to redefine myself was working! I literally started craving salads (huge deal for me), and soy milk and no longer felt compelled to grab a QT drink every night.
Well, a couple years later I find myself with new roomies (who I ADORE) but their focus isn't on healthy habits. It's hard, really really hard to say no to donuts, pizza, and cupcakes...it just is. And as my life has gotten busier with clinical rotations I started slacking on my work outs. I can feel the toll. I'm a tad more sluggish these days, and it's hard to get up to go work out (when I used to just jump up and go, now I wanna blog...ha).
I've decided it's time for a healthy over-haul. I'm not out to "get skinny" or even "buff up". I want to have healthy cells, strong bones, and a durable internal system. I' stocked up on yummy health food at the grocery store last night AND I kicked ass at the gym last night. I feel like a million bucks. I just have to make these choices daily. It will pay off. I will never be the skinniest, fittest bride...but I can be a healthy bride.
And more importantly, a healthy woman for life.
*note...I had cake during lunch today. (what!?)