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Living the “Healthy” Life

There is something I have to admit. I’m not living a healthy of a lifestyle as I used to. To be perfectly honest, I am okay with that. I really don’t know if the way I used to do things was even considered healthy. So, I can’t really complain about how I am living my life right now. Let me tell you guys how I used to be before and how I am right now.

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Before

I used to not eat enough. That’s the truth. I counted calories. I made sure I ate 1600 calories or under everyday. On top of that, my meals weren’t as balanced as they have should been. I restricted my calories so much that I limited what food groups I ate. My breakfast and lunches were usually a peanut butter sandwich, cereal, or a Clif bar. Every once in a while, I’d make a turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch, veggie burger, or hummus and pita chips. On the rare occasion I decided to buy food, I’d buy food from Panda Express or a salad from an eatery at school. As you can see, my diet wasn’t varied and I restricted my calories. My dinners were balanced, however.

On top of my eating, my workout habits weren’t that healthy. They were obsessive compulsive, if anything. I worked out twice a day. I  worked out 2 hours, 5-6 days a week. That’s a lot of energy spent. I also walk to campus from the lightrail and walk around school. I didn’t get much sleep either, wanting to workout in the early morning. Now you know why I say I wasn’t consuming enough calories and how my habits weren’t healthy.

It was easy because I seemed to have a lot of time. My classes weren’t hard and I wasn’t working. I had the body I really liked though. I weighed a lean 110 bs.

Now

Let’s start with my eating. I am eating 2000 calories +. I am seriously not counting calories anymore. I eat 3 meals a day, plus 2-3 snacks. My meals are more balanced now. I eat more of a variety. It’s crazy how my view of “healthy eating” has changed. I’m not so strict on always eating whole grains and going out to eat. I don’t eat certain foods just because they’re low in calories. I’m more relaxed on my eating. I eat “healthy” 75-80% of the time, which is good enough for me. It is hard to always eat “healthy” when in a relationship sometimes because eating out is what happens most of the time. Mi novio and I eat out a lot when we go on our dates. And let’s just say, I don’t always choose the healthiest options.

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As for my workouts, I’m not working out as much. I just don’t have the time anymore. I have 8 am classes, 5 days a week and I take public transit to school. That means that even though I already wake up early, I don’t have the time to workout. I don’t want to lose sleep either by waking up even early. I’ve been really busy. I spend time with mi novio. I have my classes to worry about (full time student). I have work. I’m tired half the time (or should I say most of the time). I workout maybe an hour, 5-6 days a week.

I still think that I’m doing pretty well. It’s hard to balance school, work, exercise/eating healthy, and having a relationship.  I am still working out, eating as healthy as I can, getting my education, and gaining work experience. I may not weigh as low as 110 lbs but I still think I am at a pretty healthy weight. I weigh 124 lbs. I know a lot of women don’t like sharing their weight but it’s just a number. It doesn’t reflect the type of person you are or how you look.

What is your view of “healthy” eating? 

How do you balance your life?

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