Conversations: Growing Our Health, Intro

Conversations: Growing Our Health, Intro

Jennifer and I have both started journeys toward health recently. Each for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because we value our health and want to feel as good as possible.

The other day, we were talking about accountability and how prone I am to starting out hot, doing well for a few days and then fizzling out. I know I am not alone in this and it’s a common struggle. Which leads us to this post. We decided that for the next quarter, the duration of the Summer Issue (May, June, July) we will update weekly about our achievements, goals, struggles and even failures.

Kelly’s goals and plans:

  • Walk at least 2 miles, 5 days a week
  • Strength training 2 times a week.
  • Avoid added sugars, fried foods and drinks with calories
  • Leafy greens in at least one meal a day, 5 serving of vegetables a day.

I am working towards better overall health. Weight loss is definitely needed, but I want to get stronger. My family loves to canoe and kayak down the Duck River. Last summer we got a sit-in kayak and as much as I love it, I struggle to be able to stand up and easily get out of it. I am all about the non-scale victories. I want to be able to get out of the kayak without feeling like I am going to fall on my face.

Jennifer’s goals and plans

  • Walk at least 2 miles per workout 4 days a week
  • Walk 10,000 steps every day.
  • Do Yoga or Pilates two days a week
  • Follow advice of Nutritionist (Appointment is not until mid-May but I will let you all know)

I am a recovering drug addict and that combined with some side effects of chemotherapy on an already compromised liver have led to cirrhosis of the liver. My goal is to be more healthy to stop any advancement of the disease and also to feel better.

We are also going to be exploring healthier body image, how to talk to kids (boys and girls each) about health, weight loss and positive language regarding our bodies.

We aren’t selling anything, as neither of us sell or even use products for our weight loss. We’re simply working to change habits and move more.

Follow along, cheer us on, join in & share your journey and hopefully by the end of the summer we will all have better habits and routines, but most importantly we’ll be moving towards health.

Kelly Bellamy

Kelly is one of the owners and founders of Growing Up Maury. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Middle Tennessee in 2006 with her husband. She is a mom to two beautiful kids through adoption. She is a seamstress and owner of Mama's Mess Boutique. She loves coffee a bit too much and loves authentic conversation.

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