“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ” — Buddha
What does it really mean to be healthy? In the three years that Aaron and I have been together, we’ve gone through fad diets and followed strict exercise regimens to achieve some sort of definition to what is considered “healthy”. We’ve tried the all juice lemon diet (what were we thinking!), atkins, no carbs, you name it. However, nothing could keep us motivated and we were essentially starving our bodies for the sustenance it needed just because we wanted to physically look good. Though our physical appearances may show that we are generally pretty fit people, we have come to realize that health encompasses more than what we see in ourselves when we look in the mirror everyday. We can’t forget about the fuel that is needed by our inner selves and our minds. I define healthy as providing proper nourishment to our mind, body, and soul. This is not an easy task, is an ongoing process, and requires maintenance.
Perhaps, I shouldnt call it maintenance because that makes it seem like staying healthy is a chore. For Aaron and I, working out stopped becoming a chore when we joined our crossfit box in Brea (crossfitriot.com). Crossfit is a universal program that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, power-lifting, kettle bell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. To sum it all up, it’s exercising using a hollistic approach. No day is the same with each WOD (work out of the day) being different from the last. Aaron and I have found that it has increased our strength, endurance, flexibility, power, speed, and balance. It seems like a lot, but the results and the gratification that we have felt after every work out only brings us back for more. It never gets easier and that’s probably why we like it. It challenges us and makes us feel good inside and out. This feeling has gotten us addicted.
Crossfit is only one piece to the puzzle. Now we are here embarking on a complimentary journey. Exercising regularly must accompany eating right. With that said, this is our very first day of doing the Whole30 Paleo Challenge. It’s basically going 30 days, all natural, no preservatives or processed food. Some people even call it the cave man/woman diet. Aaron and I have started this blog to document our journey and progress including our work outs and meals. I want to say that we are considering this a challenge. For us, this is not just a diet, it’s a way of life that we hope to continue after the 30 days.
Here you’ll also find new recipes, fun health facts, and work outs.
We are using the whole9life.com website as our template/bible in the next couple of weeks.
Feel free to share your thoughts, cool recipes, ask questions, and join us in our journey!