Healthy Story: Michele of Hungry for a Living

Hello readers! We’ve got another great interview with a featured blogger and we can’t wait to share. We got to chat with Michele of Hungry for Living and she provided some AWESOME responses. Be sure to check out her blog!

Hungry for Living

What made you decide to get healthy? (Your Journey page tells a bit, but could you be
more specific?)

Growing up I struggled with my weight. I was a dancer since I was little and then in High School
I stopped and began to gain weight. My weight would go up and down due to my poor eating
habits and continued throughout college. Finally I saw pictures of myself and I didn’t recognize
the person in the photos. I was not happy with myself and I finally realized that I not only wanted
to lose weight but also become all together healthier. I knew I had to make long lasting changes.

How do you stay motivated to stick with your wellness plan?

It is hard to stay motivated, especially after you reach certain goals you had been working
towards. I definitely still plateau at times. It’s all about finding new ways to stay motivated.
Finding new workouts, new recipes and working towards new goals. Keeping my blog also helps
me to stay on track.

What does a typical day of your diet/exercise plan look like?

A typical day for me:

Cheerios and a banana for breakfast, followed by and mid morning snack of some type of fruit.
I usually have a protein shake for lunch; sometimes I hit the gym around lunch time. Then I will
snack on fruits, nuts, or maybe some edename. For dinner I usually have a large salad with
grilled chicken or shrimp or maybe some whole wheat pasta. It changes depending on the day,
but dinner time is when I try to get most my vegetables in. If I am still hungry I will snack on pop
corn I pop on the stove using a small amount of oil or some fruit. Depending on the season I will
go to the gym, go to a boot camp class, do Wii fit or go for a bike ride in the evening

I am bad when it comes to eating vegetables; I am a very picky eater, so I usually always try to
have a salad every day. I also take a green supplement to make sure I get all the nutrients I
need.

What about exercise? What do you recommend for those who are just starting out on the
path to getting healthier?

I started out doing a mile on my bike one night and then tried to go a little further each night. I
eventually got to the point where I was biking 26 miles around my neighborhood after work. I
would say the best thing is to start slow and gradually work your way up. Walk around your
block, then the next night go a bit further. After a while try walking some and jogging some, then
try jogging the whole way.

What, do you feel, has been your biggest wellness achievement so far?

I think just being able to feel healthier from within and getting to share my experiences and tips
with others.

What is your one best tip for someone who wants to start eating healthier?

Same as with the exercise, you have to start slow. If you jump into a whole new way of eating
you are less likely to stick with it. Slowly change your eating habits and start to incorporate
healthier meals and snacks into your day. Also I don’t think you should deprive yourself. If
you say you will never eat ice cream again you will constantly wish you could eat ice cream
and eventually you will sub come and feel like a failure. If you allow yourself special treats in
moderation you will always feel satisfied and you will be able to make life long changes.

What’s your favorite food?

It sounds funny because I don’t like a lot of vegetables, but I love artichokes.

Aside from that I could live on a diet of pure chocolate… but since that is not a very healthy diet I
am constantly teaching myself moderation.

Thanks Michele!

Michele blogs at Hungry for  Living.

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