Life is too short to be big and beautiful. To eat treats all day long. . .have no energy . . . and to be unhealthy. Recently I've developed an interest in pursuing a more healthy lifestyle. That doesn't mean cut calories, lose weight and look like a rack of bones. I have been interested in 'How can I maximize my workouts? What is a great balance between weight training and cardio? How do I combine a protein and a carb to create a great meal for my body? Heck forget about me . . . how do I get my kiddos off Sugar cereal and Mac and Cheese everyday?" This little journey has been incredibly educational and life changing. . .not only for me, but for my little family. Max and I went on a little grocery shopping 'date' the other night and Max insisted on playing the 'what is good for your body game.' It isn't about image for me. I felt fine about me. . .heck I was even down to my pre-baby weight and feeling great about that. All you moms out there know what a challenge that can be after four kids (after any kids). After I wrote my Treaty Treat post. . .reality really struck and it bothered me A LOT that I was a very unhealthy person. . .I was thin but I mean who eats 10 treats a day? :) Come on . . . I know there are some of you out there-It couldn't have been just me and my friend ballenda (see picture above). But let's be honest it's not good for your body. This '10 treats a day lifestyle' wasn't doing any favors for my energy levels not to mention the example I was setting for my husband and children. The kiddos ate junk cereal, pizza, nuggets, hot dogs, fast food, and treats all the time. So now I am on a quest to maintain a healthy lifestyle by combining a great diet (with lots of yummy food :)) and an intense exercise program (at least for me it's intense). Ah. . . that was a lot of information. WOW! I'm pretty sure there is a purpose to this post. Healthy lifestyle ~ that's right . . . Honestly it's hard to change overnight and you have to be ready not to mention be in the right mindset. Let's be honest you have to want it. It takes time and willpower. . . . A LOT of willpower-especially if you have a piggy pig husband who eats all kinds of treats! I guess I just want to encourage anyone who needs some encouragement to add something new to your lifestyle every week, every two weeks. . whatever works for you to create a lifestyle that will allow you to feel happy and healthy. Heck you can even go cold turkey. .. . It could be as easy as drinking 1 liter a day of water. . . than bump it up to 2 liters until you reach the recommended 4 liters of water a day. Or walk around the block. . .then two blocks. . then jog. :) If you decided to join the quest of being healthy and fit . . .Good luck to you and lets compare notes.