A healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

July 31, 2012 | By Kendra | Filed in: Uncategorized.

I’m sure everyone has heard that the 30’s are the best years of your life.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t believe it.  I was absolutely terrified to turn 30.  I know that technically I was no longer a child in my 20’s, but to me it was a prolonged adolescence.  Even though I was an adult who was responsible for my own life, I was still figuring things out.  There are so many decisions to make, so many paths to choose, that it all seemed very overwhelming.  As I neared 30, I began figuring things out.  I started becoming more comfortable in my own skin.  When I turned 30 last year, I knew I still needed to make some changes, but I wasn’t quite ready.   In February of 2012, I hit the refresh button on my life.

There is something you should know about me, in order to get the full picture here.  I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  Healthy foods were just not for me, and I certainly wasn’t into exercising.  I just liked to eat and I didn’t like to do what was necessary to burn the calories.  Every once in a while I would get on a health kick and lose 10, 20, 30, or maybe even 70 pounds.  However, I was always doing it because I felt like I should, not because I wanted to.  I didn’t try to find healthy things that tasted good, and I certainly didn’t try to find exercise that I enjoyed.  Being on a diet was not supposed to be fun.  It was work, so there was no way I could enjoy it.  My attitude was never in the right place.  So, a few months (or weeks…or a year…) later, the weight would slowly creep back on until I was back where I started.

This year, something just clicked.  I decided I was going to let being healthy become my lifestyle, not something I was forcing myself to do.  I started Weight Watchers once again.  This is a program that I tried twice before.  I was pretty successful at it too.  I lost 70 pounds the first time and 20 pounds the second time.  However, my head wasn’t in the right place, so I quit and it came right back on.  I knew this program worked, but I was too lazy to put in the effort.  This time, something was different.  I was different.  I wanted to change my life.  So the journey began.  I started working out regularly, finding things that were actually fun.  I started tracking what I ate, which became like a game.  I found healthy versions of the foods I always loved.  Right away, the pounds started coming off.  The results were definitely encouraging, but most of all, I liked how it made me feel.

As I began sharing my story and my progress with others, people began asking me questions about it.  I found that there are so many people in the world with stories just like mine.  We are different ages and come from different backgrounds, but our struggles are the same.  I wanted to create this blog to expand the circle even more.   Here you will find personal stories on health, beauty, fitness, and faith.  As I also struggle with sensitive skin, you will find an occasional beauty review as well.  I am not an expert by any means, but I hope that you will be able to relate to my story and feel encouraged to share your own.  Maybe you will even hit the refresh button yourself;  and start your own healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

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