Labor #2:

Health

Like Faith, Health is an important base for what we want our future to have and look like. Faith maintains the spirit as healthy habits sustain the body. 

ACTION STEPS WE'RE TAKING:

1) DEFINING HEALTH  |  2) CLEANSE |  3) TRIATHLON

Read on below! 

 

1) DEFINING WHAT HEALTH MEANS TO US

Week one is about defining what health looks like to us, identifying why we want to be healthy and what actions steps we're going to take. In the 3 years we've been together, we've definitely had some ups and downs as far as this pillar is concerned. We've run a marathon, done juice cleanses, run a Tough Mudders, biked for miles and hiked amazing trails around the world. But we've also both gained weight, we've allowed stress influence our eating habits, and have not made exercise a priority. 

 Right now, this pillar is closer to the bottom of our priorities and as it's incredibly important that we use this month as an opportunity to re-think and re-prioritize as we move into our future together as a couple and as a family. 

February 11, 2018

Matthew

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February 11, 2018

Marie

I have used food as an emotional crutch. I've dealt with mental health issues throughout my life and I tried to stopper my pains with food. On top of that, I have an addictive personality and constantly crave things in excess. It's a vicious circle because the more I ate, the more weight I gained, the worse my self-confidence and mood and the worse my off my mental health was. 

For me, I want to be healthy because I want my kids to grow up with healthy mindset about food, exercise and balance. I want to be the best example for my kids so that they don't go through what I have. 

In the past, I've lived on a low carb, high fat diet and have felt my absolute best on while doing it. They've been great for my mood, for my ability to control my addictive personality and for my general self confidence. When I met, Matt, I gave up this lifestyle, not because he asked me to but because I felt embarrassed. A silly reason, but I did. 

But I've grown a lot in 3 years, I've learned a lot about myself and I've developed the greatest relationship with myself that I have ever had. 

I'm using this opportunity to return to my old way of living. I know diets are a contentious subject but I'm going to do what has worked for me in the past, what has made me feel the best I've ever felt and re-continue the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. 

I look forward to updating you here with my progress! 

 


2) CLEANSE

Kicking off health with a good ole fashion cleanse! We've done a couple in the past and it's always a great way to reboot. This time around, Matt's doing a 5 day juice cleanse – beast mode style – and Marie is going to do a soup cleanse during that period


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3) PUSHING OUR LIMITS

Health doesn't end with the month. We want to make this a progressive, ongoing thing. Health especially isn't going to change overnight. It's about baby steps, forgiving yourself, learning balance, and holding yourself accountable.  It's about not giving into immediate pleasure, but keeping a clear eye on the future and remembering why you started, what you wanted to achieve. 

As such, we've signed up for a triathlon! 

We've never done a triathlon and after running a marathon, we've been craving trying something new.

So this August 25th, in Michigan, we'll be getting our run, swim and bike on! Super excited by the challenge!