This is a very personal subject to write about mainly because I’ve never written about my journey to finding the healthy me. But I want my blog to reflect the lifestyle that I lead so here it goes:
It all started four years ago, 2012 when I graduated from undergrad. I had definitely gained the freshman 15 and maybe plus five. I moved back in with my parents and started my first big girl job. Navigating life after undergrad was difficult. My friends were in different cities and states and living with your parents isn’t exactly where I thought I would be. Don’t get me wrong I love my parents and they are my biggest supporters but it was an adjustment. I also was thrown into a job where I had no idea what I was doing but went along with whatever came my way. I wasn’t thrilled with life after undergrad.
Living at home meant I had the access to my mother’s cooking. My mom is known for her culinary expertise. She is truly the best cook and baker I know:) She is a Jewish mother which can sometimes mean that there is more schmaltz than veggies and is known for pushing more food on you even if it appears that you are full. So it was a free for all with food and I definitely took advantage of that. At this point in my life I really had no idea about eating nutritious food nor did it matter to me.
Looking back, emotionally, I wasn’t happy. I was by no means overweight but I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I was in a constant state of low energy and found myself not being the happy-go-lucky Kenzie that I am.
The turning point came a little after a year of living at home in 2013. My dad was offered a new job in the DC area and he was starting sooner rather than later. Within a short time, they put up the house we were living in for sale. My dad moved out there while my mom stayed behind until six months after when the house was sold. All of this meant that I would have to find my own place to live. I found an apartment in downtown Columbus and by mid-July, I moved in and was living on my own. This was my chance to start fresh and I knew that my health was my number one priority.
I attribute much of knowledge of nutrition and exercise to Tone It Up. I had seen them on their Bravo show “Toned Down” and decided to check their website. I loved how real Katrina and Karena were and the amazingly strong community of women they had built. I quickly started following along with their posts. I incorporated their short workouts into my daily exercise routine. And their routines are no joke, each one was a challenge and they continued to amaze me with their ways to switch things up. I learned the proper way to nourish my body through food. I started to make little changes to my diet and cut out a lot of junk food. I began to cook my own food and slowly started to actually like cooking.
Today, I lost those twenty pounds but most importantly I’m at a healthy place in my life. My body has learned the feelings that it gets when I eat too much processed or high sugar foods and sometimes results in a cranky Kenzie. I do believe in eating clean, wholesome foods, as much as possible. Everyone’s version of clean eating is different; I don’t really follow any guidelines. I do try to focus on eating more veggies and fruits. I look closer into food labels and try to cut out as much processed food as possible. I also believe in balance. I love carbs and chocolate, who doesn’t??? so making sure that I incorporate these into my diet is a must.
Looking back I never thought that it would take a complete lifestyle change to make me into the happy healthy Kenzie that I am today. I have learned to love to move my body whether that be through walks, biking, weight lifting, or a new fitness class. I feel physically and emotionally better when I make the effort to exercise. I love seeking inspiration from other health bloggers and checking Instagram for the latest clean eats recipes. I now love going to the grocery store and spending the most time in the produce section. I’m proud of the progress I have made through the past four years. I do believe that this is a journey and I continue to learn new ways in which to make me the best.