“I had a rough childhood. Because of that, for a long time, I didn?t want to walk or sweat. I walked a lot as a child. We didn’t have much but my mother was always trying to provide the best for us, and that include a good education. She didn’t want to send us to the schools around my neighborhood, so she sent us to a school ‘just a little’ far from home. That meant that we would have to walk.
Now, exercise is important to me. I just want to set an example for my kids and I want to try my best to be around for them for a long time. I also want to age well, and be able to rock a bikini at 100 years old – with all my skin hanging, but I’ll be happy!
When it comes to exercise, I don’t focus that much on my weight and almost never get on the scale but I do feel more toned. After I had my daughters, walking and running was how I lost weight. At one point when I was pregnant I got up to about 175 pounds.
Running really picked me. For a while, I just was kind of bored of all the gym drama and schedules so I started running. I run for fun, but I do want to run a marathon some time soon. I run a few times a week and I’ll do three to five miles or sometimes just one, it just depends on how I feel that day. I run to feel good, not to look good and I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I use the Nike+ Runing App to track my progress.
I run with my two daughters sometimes. It’s actually a lot of fun to take them along and I also go hiking with them. Most of the time they ride their bikes while I run. I really think running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. Running improves your health and boots your immune system. Running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer and reduce the risk of having a stroke. If you look and feel good, your confidence and self-esteem will increase. Running is also an amazing alternative to relive stress and eliminate depression. After only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. Running is just beneficial for your mind and body, plus you need no sophisticated equipment to do it and you can do it on your own schedule.
I don’t consistently do any other exercises as much as I run. Other than hiking every once in while, I am also back in the gym a few days a week where I am doing Zumba and a few other classes like R.I.P.P.E.D.. I like to try new things and right now running fits my needs and lifestyle, but I am always open to exploring other exercise options.
To start my day off, I try to keep my meals really low in carbs and very high in protein for breakfast. Sometimes I drink my chia seed juice before a run and protein powder is great, not because it is healthy but the mornings can get a little crazy at home, so a protein and berries shake is fast and I can take it with me.
For me working out with natural hair is easy and I never let my hair get in the way of exercise. I put my hair in a ponytail and then I run or I go to the gym. My natural hair routine is fairly simple.
Living a healthy lifestyle is important to me but it’s more than that. Once I stopped trying to look like some body else, I felt more comfortable with my own body. I eat healthy and exercise regularly because it makes me feel good and it keeps me out of the hospital.” – Daily