When I finally decided to take the plunge and start this blog, I knew I needed a name that would clearly define me and what I was going to write about. I knew I wanted to talk about food prep and recipes. I knew I wanted to post about workouts and training plans and races. I knew I wanted to include ways we strive to keep our kids healthy. And I knew I wanted to come across as genuine and never preachy. So in searching for a name, what I really wanted was “Defining Healthy” or “Our Version of Healthy” – something that let people know I didn’t think I had it all figured out, but that I was trying my hardest every day to live to MY version of healthy.
Well, as you all know, none of those names worked out. Unfortunately, once you decide on a name you have to hope and pray that there is a domain name available that matches (and in my case I wasn’t that lucky). So Nathan helped me come up with “Healthy Family Defined,” and while I liked it and thought it had a nice ring to it, I was concerned that people would think I was trying to hold myself to a higher standard. Like I was trying to say “THIS is what a healthy family should look like.” And that’s not it at all. I am just trying to say that this is what OUR version of a healthy family looks like, and that your version could be very different.
So why am I talking about this today? I recently listened to a podcast discussing how we define health. Some people define it as being at a certain body weight, or a specific body fat percentage. Some people define it as being strong and “ripped.” So how do I define health? It got me really thinking, and this is what I’ve come up with.
- Being healthy means having the energy to do the things I want to do everyday.
- Being healthy means being able to “do daily life” without injuring myself (think: functional fitness).
- Being healthy means getting the most out of my gym workouts and really leaving it all out there.
- Being healthy means feeling comfortable in my own skin.
- Being healthy means fueling my body with the most nutrient-dense food.
- Being healthy means getting 7+ hours of sleep every night to allow my body to rest and recover from the day.
- Being healthy means taking care of ME as well as the tiny humans (and husband) who live in our house.
- Being healthy means taking the time to properly unwind from the day.
- Being healthy means drinking enough water throughout the day to keep my body hydrated.
- Being healthy means enjoying the “little things” in life (ie: drinking coffee with Nathan on a Saturday morning).
- Being healthy means sometimes putting the kids first, sometimes putting my marriage first, and sometimes putting ME first.
My brother-in-law is putting together a “People of Fitness” wall at his gym, and asked me to send in a brief statement that tells the fitness story of my life. Not a testimonial, but more a “how has and does fitness play a part in your life?” So this what I came up with:
As a young girl, my dad always taught me that I could do or be anything I wanted – I just needed to work hard for it. I have always embraced that philosophy, and never wanted to be thought of as a “girlie girl.” I wanted to be that girl who could hold her own with the boys. I wanted to be one of the first people picked in gym – not one of the last. I will admit this journey has had its ups and downs, but I truly believe lifting heavy weights and going into “beast mode” has made me the strongest version of myself I can be.And it’s not about looking good in a bathing suit. For me, as cliché as it sounds, it’s about being able to keep up with my kids. I want to be that mom who is teaching my kids how to ski. I want to be mountain biking along side my son. I want to train for a 5k with my daughter. I want them to struggle to keep up with me – not the other way around. I want them to see a mom who is strong, and aspire to be like me when they grow up. And when the kids “leave the nest,” I want to still be hiking mountains and skiing in the trees with my husband. Because that is what life is truly about!