Defining Healthy

Defining Healthy

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.

  1.  Being healthy means having the energy to do the things I want to do everyday.
  2.  Being healthy means being able to “do daily life” without injuring myself (think: functional fitness).
  3.  Being healthy means getting the most out of my gym workouts and really leaving it all out there.
  4.  Being healthy means feeling comfortable in my own skin.
  5.  Being healthy means fueling my body with the most nutrient-dense food.
  6.  Being healthy means getting 7+ hours of sleep every night to allow my body to rest and recover from the day.
  7.  Being healthy means taking care of ME as well as the tiny humans (and husband) who live in our house.
  8.  Being healthy means taking the time to properly unwind from the day.
  9.  Being healthy means drinking enough water throughout the day to keep my body hydrated.
  10.  Being healthy means enjoying the “little things” in life (ie: drinking coffee with Nathan on a Saturday morning).
  11.  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!
After submitting that write-up, I really started thinking about what motivates me.  And you know what?  The above pretty much sums it up.  It’s not about being a certain size or weighing a specific amount.  Nope.  It’s about having energy to do the things I want to do, and setting a good example for my kids.
Your turn.  How do YOU define health?  What motivates you to be the best version of yourself?
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I'm Taryn. Welcome to my blog! I'm a runner, hiker, and fitness enthusiast working every day to model these behaviors for my 2 young children. I have a passion for preparing delicious and healthy food for my family. Keep reading to see how we define our version of a healthy family.

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