Welcome to The Good Life! This is me and my wonderful, amazing husband Todd. This blog is where I’d like to share my musings on the things that go on in my everyday life. Anywhere from my exercise for the day, to my daily eats, to my passion for health and fitness, to fashion, and to just plain ole fun that Todd and I like to have together….all of which comes together to make “The Good Life”.
My name is Shayla and I am 29 year old Administrative Professional from California who has a huge interest and passion for health, food, fashion, and fitness. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my hubby and immersing myself into various passions and hobbies. I enjoy reading blogs that cover various interests of mine – such as food, fitness, health and pregnancy – and I do so everyday as they keep me on track to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I love food and I (of course!) love to eat it – but I am by no means a chef – I can make a mean scrambled egg sandwich, smoothie, or yogurt bowl – but that pretty much sums up my culinary expertise 😉 I want this blog to show how I like to bring the good into my life everyday by being healthy, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying healthy delicious food while indulging in some treats some (or most!) of the time.
That would be my hubby and I in beautiful Jamaica with one of my favorite indulgences – champagne (champy as we like to call it), and yes that would be a tattoo on my hubby’s arm of the motto we live by “The Good Life” 😉
Pre Good Life:
For about 7 years I struggled with disordered eating, would obsessively count calories, overexercise, and be overly anxious about food itself. I lost a considerable amount of weight and would toggle back and forth from an unhealthy weight to a somewhat healthy, but still low weight. About 3 years ago, right around the time after my wedding, I finally decided to stop the obsession and free myself from the struggle. After a long journey, I was able to gain to a healthy weight and have been able to maintain it now for about a year. And more importantly, my mind is in a much healthier place, free from the anxiety over food and free from the obsession. I’m fortunate to say that I’m finally happy and I’m finally able to achieve a balance with food, exercise, and weight…something I never thought possible.
That era of my life is now behind me and it will always be with me, I will never forget it and in a way I appreciate it, because it’s made me the person who I am today. But I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, I feel that what happened to me made me a better person, put things in perspective for me, and made me realize what matters most in life – like friends and family. I shut out a considerable amount of friends during that trying period of my life and kept myself in a “bubble” as my disorder controlled every part of me and I had no energy to give the friendship these beautiful women deserved. Now that I’m in a much healthier and happier place, I’ve committed these past couple years to reconnecting with them, apologizing for my actions, and rebuilding our friendships. I could not be more thankful and thrilled to have them be a part of my life again and through this experience it has made me a much better friend, sister, daughter, and wife – I could not be any more happier. I also hope my story and this blog can show others that may be struggling that there is hope and to know that you will find peace once you’re happy with your true self…not by trying to be someone you’re not and not once you reach a certain number on the scale. Know that not just myself, but you too are deserving of and should experience all that there is to live “The Good Life”…..
The Good Life:
The good life started for me the day I started reading healthy living blogs. That day was also coupled with the hurt and sadness I saw in my family and husband’s eyes…in the way he told me that we’re together til death do us part, and that he couldn’t have that day be tomorrow. I realized then that I needed to get healthy to start living again. To live this amazing life with my husband, together forever, and have a beautiful, healthy, thriving family. So what did I do? I started reading healthy living blogs, and I guess you could say I “self helped” myself. I never saw an eating disorder specialist or therapist (that’s not to say I never will, I think we all could use a little therapy in our lives), but the moment I started reading blogs I really started to understand what it meant to live a balance, healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that can include healthy real food, daily exercise, and indulgences thrown in there. Through these blogs I saw what these healthy, strong, beautiful women were eating and how they were exercising…a light bulb literally went off for me. I thought to myself, why can’t I live this way? Look how gorgeous these women are, and they’re eating real, delicious food with some treats here and there, all the while not killing themselves with exercise.
This was a serious turning point for me and I finally was determined to start living this way. Sure I gained weight, I needed to. I’ve gained to a healthy 140 lbs. (give or take) and have never been happier. I strive to eat balanced meals throughout the day, a moderate amount of exercise, and always end my day with a sweet treat. I have more energy to live my days fully with friends and family and power through my workouts…my dad always said “You can’t run a car without any gas in the tank” Or my personal fav “You can’t run a steamship on a pilot light” 😉 And he’s absolutely right…our bodies are machines and food is our fuel…we need that fuel for our bodies to function properly and to give it the care and respect it deserves. Of course I’m not perfect and I have my “off” days…we all do. And some days are a struggle and some days are awesome, but I’m now more committed than ever to live a healthy, balanced life and I’ve never been happier….because life is too darn short to deny yourself “The Good Life.” 🙂
Future of The Good Life:
Now that I’m healthy and strong both physically and mentally, my husband and I are enjoying life to the fullest. We like to live by the motto, “play hard, work hard.” We work hard during the week, eat balanced healthy meals, and get in a good amount of exercise. On the weekends, it’s our time to relax a little, indulge a little, and relish in our good lives. I’d like this blog to show just that. It will be a blog that will show what my day is like, about my passions for health and fitness, how we like to have fun, and the future of our family. My hubby and I would like to start trying for a baby this summer (you can read more about that here) and I’d like this to be a place to document my moments for when we’re pregnant and the future of our family. I’m excited to start this blogging journey as I’ve wanted to start one for a long time, but have been too nervous and shy to. From a reader’s perspective, I love how supportive and interactive this blogging community is so I’m thrilled and excited to now finally be a part of it and to let everyone into our lil world of “The Good Life”.