Just Start.

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I’m sure by now that you are all aware that this is a health/wellness blog.  In case this is your first time visiting I want to point out that I too am on my own health journey.

Some questions that have come from starting this blog include, “What did you do to start getting healthy?”  “How did you manage to get started?”

That is the one question that I can answer in three words.

I JUST… STARTED.

I simply began.  I literally grabbed my sneakers and went on a run.  It hurt like hell and I thought my knees were going to give out the whole time, but I still did it.  I am not a fitness guru,  I have failed and that makes me human.  I understand how hard it can be to get started or to have failed and have to start again. In this post I am mostly referring to health and fitness, however, it can be carried over to a number of things.

 It could be conquering a new skill, like playing the guitar.

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Or creating something new that you can share with others.

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No matter what it is, you have to take that step to START.

After you achieve certain goals, you realize that choosing to start becomes a daily choice.  After the initiative is there,  you have to decide what is the purpose of starting?

For me in terms of health,  it is not a diet, but a lifestyle.  Not for him or for her, but for me.  Not for a day, but every single day.  Not to feel good in skinny jeans, but to feel good in my skin.  Not for the beach, but for my mind.  Not to compete with anyone, but to compete with myself to become the best version of myself.  Every single day.

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That is why I choose to start.  The beauty is that it is never too late to get going and if you fail, you can start again.  Have faith and believe in the power of beginnings.

XOXO

-The Mod Maven

 

 

 

Furry Fitness.

As some of you may know, I recently have taken on the role as dog mom to a sweet, but sometimes mischievous three month old cockapoo named Samoa.  The past two months have been filled with trials and tribulations as she settles into her new environment.  Before taking her home, I did research on what to expect when getting a puppy and tips for the months to follow.  One common theme I discovered was a recommendation to spend as much time as possible with your pup during their first year of life.  I consider myself fortunate to have a job that allows flexibility with my schedule and allows me to spend time with her.  I find myself taking walks, going hiking  and having play sessions to ensure she is getting her daily exercise. Through that responsibility of making sure my pet is healthy, I have a new found love for being active.

 

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I’ve always enjoyed working out and the endorphins that come along with it, but it is much more pleasant having a furry friend to share it with.  Samoa may be little, but she is fast!  I swear sometimes she is walking me and not the other way around.  Above and below are pictures from a recent hiking trip to Moraine View State Park, where not only did I enjoy the scenery, but Samoa was also loving the views and smells of nature.

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The sense of companionship that comes along with having a pet is something I would not trade for the world.  It is just an added bonus that having a pet has promoted a healthier lifestyle for myself.  There are several studies on the relationship between having a pet and a healthy heart.  According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet can be related with lowering risk of heart disease, decreasing blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.  Although there are many variables that go into the findings of this study, it is common that pet owners will reach their physical activity by going on daily walks and playing with their animals.  That alone can have positive results on someone’s health.  Now if you do have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, I am not saying buying a puppy is the answer because it most certainly is not, but having a pet CAN promote exercise which in return can have a positive effect on a persons health and well-being.

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Putting physical health aside, having a pet has improved my social and mental health. Often times I find that my puppy sparks conversation with random strangers. “What breed is she?”  “How old is she?”  “What’s her name?” are just a few examples that come to mind.  When I get home from work, nothing is more delightful than seeing my little girls happy smile and wagging tail after a long stressful day.  She will take naps with me, run errands with me and cuddle with me while watching Grey’s Anatomy (No Shame).  She is a great furry fitness pal, and if you are thinking about getting a pet or already have a pet, I can say without hesitation that these benefits are just a few that you have to look forward to.  For me, Samoa is exactly what the doctor ordered.  Cheers to a long and healthy life, filled with squeaky toys & slobbery kisses.