Monday, March 30, 2015

Everyone Starts From Somewhere

So, this is where my health and fitness journey begins. This picture was taken today after roughly two weeks of consistent exercise and healthy eating habits. I only hope that progress will continue to be made and seen! 
   **I'm about 5'10" and 124 lbs

"Counting Calories"--Useful Practice or Pointless Endeavor?

Today was the first time I have ever "counted calories," and I must say, it was a little depressing. I mean, I've never really been the kind of person who obsesses over whether I am following the serving size or if the calories I'm consuming are large in number or small. It's just not me. But regardless, I tried it today and I was surprised by the little things: that a glass of cranberry juice (16 oz glass) added up to 280 calories or that the serving size for raisins (1/4 cup) accounted for 120 calories. Naturally I had more than just cranberry juice and raisins for lunch, but I think you get the point. So now I pose the question: just how important is it to "count calories"? Is it a necessity for someone who isn't trying to lose weight? But honestly, if you have a little extra time on your hands one day soon, try counting your calories; you may be as surprised as I was.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Healthy— What is it?

Merriam-Webster defines being healthy as "enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit :  well." Well. That sounds nice and all, but how does that apply to my life? My definition of being healthy is something along the lines of eating right, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and not being sick. Obviously. I have been taught by my parents the value of moderation, the importance of staying active, and the necessity of getting a full eight hours of sleep, but c'mon, who has time for all of that? I'm lucky to get seven hours of sleep, workout three days a week, and eat the appropriate amount of food in a day's time. For me, being healthy doesn't have a definitive definition because in this world, few things are definite. So what's your definition of healthy?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In the Beginning....

As a college student, getting to sleep before 1 AM and remembering to grab a bite to eat for lunch can be difficult at times.  Sometimes I get so caught up in studying or rushing around trying to get everything done that a healthy lifestyle takes a backseat. My name is Ashleigh and I'm hoping to begin a chronicle of my journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle, and I'm inviting you along for the ride. I'll have to sign off for now because I have class, but I'll be back soon to get started. Namaste!