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Krysta Weighs In: Birthday mission

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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I had a grand health mission for my birthday, and had very little time to complete it, making it almost impossible. If this is your first time here, welcome to Krysta Weighs In, where I personally zone in on all things health and fitness, with the aim of strengthening my mental and physical capabilities. If you've been down this road with me before, welcome back.

It has been a while since I've documented my journey, but no worries. I've been working assiduously to balance all aspects of my life, and I must say, so far, so good.

The last time I weighed in, I had high hopes of wearing a significantly small and sultry dress which was gifted to me by a dear friend. Now that the birthday has come and gone, it is most fitting that I report some bad news, some good news and some even better news. Which one would you like to hear first? Let's just start with the good news, shall we?

The Good News

After trying my very best to consume a fairly healthy diet while getting in some exercise, I can now say with great pride that the dress finally fits! (Cue happy dance)

I had not tried on the dress since the very first time when I was unable to zip it all the way up. But after going through my closet a week before my birthday and seeing the dress in a new light, I felt compelled to try it on. To my surprise, it zipped all the way up and clung to my new found curves (definitely a good thing).

The Bad and Better News

The bad news came into play when the dress remained in that closet for my birthday. The occasion just had not presented itself in the immediate birthday plans, so as far as dressing up goes, it was a little too sexy (yes, there is such a thing). With no birthday outfit to pull off on the big day, what was I going to do, and most important, what was I going to wear?

Little did I know that my darling mother had it all covered, providing not one, but three new dresses as my birthday gift. Her way of rewarding me for all the hard work I put in, despite the challenges I faced. It couldn't get any better than that. As the day unfolded, previous plans and surprises fell into place, and I had a sophisticated chic dress for every outing. I am eternally grateful for my mom and those who went out of their way to make my birthday and weekend a special one.

Post-Birthday Blues

Giving in to guilty indulgences can be a good and a bad thing, and in my case, it has been quite harmful to the mind and body. Stress can consume the best of us, and with the birthday cooking up in the heat of a demanding work season, something was bound to suffer. That, my dear friends, was diet and exercise (D and E combo).

My D and E combo came to a screeching halt, taking a back seat to binge eating and late-night working, which were now front and centre. I tried to shift the dynamic but, of course, that was easier said than done, and I was back where I'd started. It did not help that I was given mostly sweet treats for my birthday. I gave away a few, but those who sought to treat me knew me well, getting me exactly what I had long craved for.

With a scheduled vacation just around the corner, the guilty pleasures continued. Nobody said this was going to be easy, and whoever says it gets better with time is lying as far as I am concerned. When I just started out, being healthy was so new and exciting, I was ready to treat my palate to a greener side of life, filled with fruits, shakes and lean protein. Overtime, however, it gets old and becomes boring, and you're back to living the 'naughty' lifestyle. My advice if you happen to reach where I am while you're down, you're most certainly not out, so pick yourself up, like I'm currently doing, and start all over. Rekindle that love affair with health and fitness.

Now, I'm taking my own advice. It is time to be nice and travel full speed ahead on the road towards Christmas. I don't know about you, but I'd like to breathe easy in partaking in the savoury and the sweet during the most wonderful time of the year. This time I will do so responsibly.

Tune in next time, as I share some tips with you on how to approach the Christmas season the healthy way.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com