Hi friends and happy Monday!
This week, I’m starting things out a little differently. Because I spent the weekend staring at study notes and textbooks, I thought I would spare you the boring pictures and share a fun new feature on the blog for some Motivation Monday action!
When I asked you to complete a little survey for me last fall, many of you responded saying that you wanted to see success stories from other people who have made healthy changes to their life. Well friends, ask and you shall receive!
If you would like to be featured in a “Motivation Monday: Fit and Healthy Feature” blog post, please e-mail me at trebleinthekitchen at gmail dot com and I will be happy to share your story 🙂 You DON’T need to have a blog to be featured.
Today, I am so excited to highlight Marisa from Uproot from Oregon!
Marisa and I connected virtually (thank you blogging world!) before I even moved out to Colorado. Now, we see each other at the gym a couple of mornings a week, have play dates with Bernie, grab dinner, and just hang out 🙂 While getting to know Marisa, I learned that she had an amazing transformation story about how she became a healthier version of herself and I just had to have her share it with all of you!
I love Marisa’s outlook on health, food, and exercise. She is definitely in it for the long haul with her perspective focused on making one healthy decision at a time and celebrating all of the positive things one can do in a day to work towards those health goals.
Take it away Marisa…
Hi everyone! My name is Marisa and I am the blogger behind Uproot from Oregon, a healthy recipe website. I use whole ingredients to make simple, accessible meals that are tasty and nutritious! Through the process of blogging and reading up on nutrition and wellness through my profession in public health, I have gone through my own transformation as well.
There are a few lifestyle changes that I have made to become a healthier version of myself, but the biggest change was becoming an AM exerciser! Instead of going to afternoon workout classes, I now wake up 3-4 days a week to go to group fitness classes or run on the treadmill in the mornings before work. I love seeing Tara on Mondays for her 6 AM Bodypump class!
One of the big challenges for me was getting past all the ‘weight loss’ products and messaging that are around us all the time: 100 calorie yogurts, fat-free salad dressings, protein bars and powders promising us that they’ll help in our journey. I used some of them as crutches at the beginning of my process, but soon realized that these weren’t products that I wanted to eat- not only were they full of fake sweeteners which didn’t help my sweet tooth, but they weren’t enjoyable and continued to reinforce the “diet” mentality I was trying to get away from.
Once I made the mental switch to realizing that I was overhauling my diet for good, I was able to relax and think creatively about how to build a healthy and filling day. You have to live your life exactly like you want to for the rest of your life – and for me, that meant figuring out how to include healthy treats (see recipes listed at the bottom!) and a daily scoop or two of nut butter into my diet. It also meant making the foods I loved at home, so I could control the ingredients and portion sizes.
I have always felt outgoing and confident about myself, but for the first time in my life I don’t feel held back by my own uncertainty. I have never been a runner, but this process made me rethink why I didn’t just lace up my sneakers and get outside earlier. We are all capable of whatever we want to do – and this is coming from someone who never ran a mile after high school athletics who is now registered for a half marathon, leaving my timidness behind. I find myself pushing boundaries in all sorts of situations now that I am more confident, from exercise to work to my blog. All it took was the courage to reevaluate how I was living my life!
I continue to set (non-weight-related) goals for myself to keep myself accountable, as maintaining this level of fitness and wellness is important to me! Weight maintenance is the ‘non exciting’ aspect of all of this, so it’s important that I continue to set goals for myself and check in every so often to see where I’m at. Signing up for the half marathon was one of those things I never thought I could do – but I did it, because now I have something to work towards for the end of the summer.
I think the best thing I did at the beginning was sit down and think through what my goals truly were. For me, the superficial “I want to lose weight to look better” or “I want to drop 10 pounds” attitude didn’t help me get from one day to the next. Thinking deeper about how I wanted to change my exercise regimen, and what I wanted my diet to look like, helped me shape those habits that ultimately led me to weight loss in a natural, healthy way was what worked best for me.
If you’re interested in reading more, you can find more under my weight loss category, as I did my best to chronicle the changes I was making in my life as I was successful with weight loss (and now, weight maintenance) on my blog.
Hearty Rainbow Mason Jar Salad pictured below
Banana Walnut Muffins pictured below
Smashed Sweet Potatoes pictured below
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites pictured below