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Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

I shared half of my weight loss journey with you all last week. Today I’m sharing more because I think it’s important to be real about the struggles, the reasons we make decisions we make and our triumphs too.

In June, I started feeling tired all the time. I wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was frustrated that I still hadn’t lost all of my baby weight. And I was addicted to sugary sweet treats, particularly ice cream. After listening to Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin,  I simply started running.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

The first day was half a mile. I was exhausted, out of shape and miserable. The next day, I made it a mile, but walked some, still not feeling great about running or my changes.

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The next day I tracked my food on an app for nutrition and calories. I continued with this day by day, week by week and gradually built up to running two to four miles every day and eating around 1600-1800 nutritious calories a day. I slowly lost weight. Now, nearly two months later, I am down 14 pounds and am actually below my pre-Ezra weight, 5 pounds from my pre-Bodhi weight and 10 pounds from my wedding weight.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

I feel healthy, energetic and happy. Running gives me a huge energy boost which makes me a happier wife, a more energetic and patient mom and a better me.

My mind is clear. My body feels healthy. And I plan to wear a bikini in Hawaii this fall for the first time since before having children. But for me, the real reasons I run are the important ones.

I run for…

My kids. Raising children who love fitness and see it as an everyday part of life is important to me. I don’t want my kids to think it’s just something you do when you need to lose weight. It’s so much more than that. It’s healthy and gives us energy.

Energy. Running gives me so much energy to play with my children, give my husband and kids my best self and to enjoy life. I used to just drag after I picked the kids up from their childcare. I felt like I wanted to stick them in front of a tv. Even carrying Ezra home from the park felt hard. I felt heavy and sluggish. Now, I have energy to truly play with them and it’s not me pushing through and faking it. It’s fun and fabulous! It’s the life I want with my children and husband.

My husband. Besides looking healthier, I bring much more joy to everyone in my household when I am healthy and energetic. I run for my husband, so that our home is a safe, comfortable, happy, joy-filled place and a place where I’m not constantly just ready for a nap.

Myself. I feel better in so many ways when I eat well and exercise. I am my best self. I feel like I’m truly living. This is the me I want to be. Playing with my children, chasing them on the soccer field, pushing them on the swings, staying up a little later with my husband… all these things do not feel like chores. They feel like life!

I run because it makes me my best self.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

The biggest thing besides creating a healthy exercise habit has been having nutritious, high protein foods readily available and my favorite after-running snack is Chobani Simply 100® Mango Passion Fruit, an activity packed snack. After longer runs, I am often famished when I get home.

These perfect Greek Yogurt containers are just what I need to get recharged. I also feel that having go-to foods I can count on for good nutrition, fair calories and great taste makes each day easier. I usually enjoy this one on the front porch shortly after my runs. Perfection.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

On a typical running day (which is six days a week), I eat something small before running, often a low-fat cheese stick, and drink a good amount of water. Chobani’s new Chobani Simply 100® is the first, and only, 100-calorie authentic strained Greek Yogurt. A great way to fuel-up before or after a high-energy activity. Packed with protein and an excellent source of fiber – its 100 calories worth counting.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

No matter the variety, each and every cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt is made with fresh milk from cows not treated with rBST and proudly contains no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavors.

Thanks for stopping by. I know that weight loss, exercise and food choices are very personal. I don’t expect that my story and approach are right for everyone or possibly even anyone other than myself, but if it helps one person to find their best self, I’m a happy blogger. :)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.