Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My reasons

Quickly, here are my top reasons for working out and getting healthier/more fit:

To start with, I'm going to be 100% honest and you can think what you want, but my first reason is pure vanity - I want to look GOOD. For my husband, for myself, for all other moms out there. I'm nearing 30 and although I know I'm still young, I'm very aware that youth is fleeting and that there are many, many more attractive young women out there. I'm not - I repeat, NOT - worried about my husband straying or anything like that, but I want him to be proud to have me by his side. Additionally, I want to be able to shop wherever I'd like and wear whatever clothes I want to wear {especially a cute bikini at the beach!}. And since I'm officially in the "mom" stage of life, I want to be sure I never slip into looking like a typical minivan driving, mom-pants-wearing, soccer mom {yes, I know there are plenty of hot-looking moms like that, but you know what I mean!}.

Secondly, I want to be healthy. I'm terrified of aging, especially the thought of doing so in a debilitating way {our families have dealt with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's - two horrible ways to spend your last years on Earth}. I want a strong, healthy body so that I know I've done what I could to ward off preventable diseases {diabetes, heart disease, etc}.

And finally, I want to set a good example. As a mother, of course I want to set the best example possible for my son, stepdaughter, and any other children that may come into our lives. I've also found that you never know who looks up to you and who's looking to you for guidance - so it's important to live by example no matter who is watching. {whoa, I sounded kind of wise there, no?} Someday soon I'm going to elaborate on this topic a lot more, especially because the root of my {and probably many, many other peoples') weight/food issues is deeply rooted in this topic.

Why do you want to live a healthy lifestyle? It's okay to admit that you want to look good ;-) I won't judge!

Favorite reads of the day:
Breastfeeding Expectations (via Life as Mom) - I couldn't have said it better! Her experience with breastfeeding was SO similar to my own, and she approached it with the same mindset I had. Nursing Valentino for over 2 years is one of my proudest accomplishments in life, and I would do it all over again in heartbeat (and I plan to with our next child).

Smoothie a day in May (via The Fitnessista) - Definitely jumping on board with this tomorrow! I think this will be a great way for Valentino and I to start the day.


  1. all of the above reasons you've given, just makes me feel happy, alive, and energized. i just feel better when i'm active and moving :)

    1. I couldn't agree more, Rachel! That is definitely on the list in my head {I just forgot to relay it here - ha}. I truly get a rush of feel-good endorphins after I get out and move!