Living A Healthy Lifestyle

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Living a healthy lifestyle not only improves your physical health, but it also nourishes your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. In this episode, Ligaya Thompson and Jennifer Hawley discuss the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. You’ll learn about the perks of going on a vegetarian diet, why physical exercise makes you happy, and why you need to establish boundaries to achieve a work-life balance. It requires habit-changing to make healthier choices, but it’ll all be worth it not only for yourself but for your family as well. Join in the conversation and be inspired to start your journey to living a healthy lifestyle.

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Living A Healthy Lifestyle

We want to focus on living a healthy lifestyle, whether that be mentally, physically or spiritually. We’re going to focus and talk a little bit about the benefits of living healthy lifestyles, changing your habits, and then how Ligaya and I live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices every day. With that, we’re going to go ahead and kick it off. Ligaya, maybe you want to talk a little bit about some of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, either that you’ve seen or that you know that can come.

There are a lot of benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. I can tell you that there are times where I fall off track with my diet in general and I can feel a difference in my performance, not necessarily at the gym, but in how I go about my days. I’m a little more sluggish. I’m not as productive and I just want to go to sleep. I’m a big advocate for taking care of your body, mind and spirituality in general. What I like to say is if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you. That’s not to say that everybody has to eat a certain way.

Different diets work for different people. I have a strict diet. I’m a vegetarian and I can share why I went into that. I have my diet, but there’s an occasion where I was like, “I want to go eat a veggie burger.” I know it doesn’t sound exciting to a lot of people, but it fills a need when you’re craving something. That’s going to hit the spot. That’s where I see it coming in beneficial. It helps my performance in the gym. I went vegetarian because I wanted to test it out and see if I would have more endurance. I saw that Netflix documentary, The Game Changers. Did you see that one?

I haven’t seen that. Tell me about it.

It talks about the vegetarian diet and it showed some studies. They studied some of the bones from the Roman Colosseum and they had all the gladiator bones. They did a bone density study and it showed that gladiators had more fruits and vegetables in their diets than they had meat. It also interviewed Olympians that went from eating meat to not eating meat and how it changed and fueled their performance. It also talked about how men change their performance in bed. They did a study on a couple of football players and they had a burrito full of meat. They slept and it showed how a man is erect while he sleeps or whatever. I’m not a man so I don’t know that part of biology.

It showed another study with the same guys and they ate vegetables. They did a study when they slept and they show that they were erect longer. I’m not a dude so I can’t relate to that. It shows how it affects your body. Another reason why I watched it is because Nate Diaz wasn’t on it but they did cover his story. If you don’t know who Nate Diaz is, he’s a UFC fighter. I’m a big Nate Diaz fan. He’s one of my favorite male UFC fighters out there when he was in the UFC. He retired from it or at least he keeps saying he is.

It did talk about how he and his brother are vegan. He was going against Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor was like, “I eat steak and I’m eating this red meat. I’m plumping up and I’m going to ground and pound you when I get into that cage.” Nate Diaz destroyed him during that fight. I like to say destroyed because I’m a Nate Diaz fan. He won that fight. The subject was a little more biased to him on The Game Changers. It was another topic where the vegetarian diet itself does help you with performance and endurance, and it is beneficial for athletes to do.

That’s where I changed up my diet to help me in more of a physical way and I do see a difference. I did see I have more endurance in the gym. I could push myself longer, harder and faster. I’m not as sluggish. I don’t feel heavy after a meal unless it was pizza and I had a bunch of bread. Moving on from that, your mental health. I experienced anxiety and depression towards the end of my career. I experienced depression more than once in my life. I experienced it towards the end of my career at corporate America. The anxiety was something where I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I had to mentally learn how to love myself, take care of myself, talk to myself nicer, and be a little more patient with myself.

I pray and I meditate. I like to start my day with a clear mind, so I try not to look at my phone when my day starts. A lot of those things go into me taking care of my mental health. I like being in nature. Being in Austin, there are so many hiking trails, lakes and everything that you can get to. Being in nature helps your mental health. There’s something about plants that make me happy. I became a plant mom because when COVID happened, we’re always home, but I found my outlet, gardening and going outside planting. I get happy when I see my plants. They’re sprouting flowers and they’re starting to bloom.

I came back from Miami and they didn’t water my plants and I was like, “Oh, man.” I’m trying to nurse my lavender back to good health and I’m like, “Come on. Don’t die on me.” They become my friends. It sounds crazy. They become a sense of peace and happiness for me. That’s my long-winded story of the benefits of living a healthy life. I could probably go on and on and talk about it more. What would you say, Jenny? I know you workout a lot and stuff. What do you think about that?

Before we get into the specifics of how each other lives a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to address some of the initial benefits of living that healthy lifestyle. First, which probably going to be the most obvious, is what’s going to help you maintain a healthy body physically? Weight loss or maintenance comes to the forefront. It’s helping you transform your physique, improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and everything that goes into keeping you alive longer.

I have found some of the additional benefits are the better sleep that I get at night and my increased energy levels. I used to be someone before I got into making sure that I was living a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically, was the lack of good sleep that I felt I was getting, and the number of cups of coffee that I needed to help me get through the day. If you get a good night’s rest, your energy levels for the next day are going to be predetermined.

If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.

I’m one of those crazy people that go to bed at 8:00 or 8:30 at night because I wake up at 3:30 in the morning. I can start my day by going to the gym. People say I’m crazy, but at the same time, if I’m getting the right amount of sleep that I need and I’m making sure that I’m timing all that right, I can make it through the workday perfectly fine. The third one is your improved mental health. People talk about how living a healthy lifestyle has been able to improve your mental well-being. It helps you manage your stress and improves your mood. We’ve already talked about the sleep factor, which affects your mood.

When you talk about physical exercise or physical stimulation, your brain releases endorphins and those endorphins are going to be the things that keep you happy and give you energy. I can say from experience because it’s so important when you’re physically exercising that you take what we call the rest days where you make sure you rest your body and let your body recover. People tell me all the time when my rest day is because I’m a cranky bitch. I don’t get the same physical stimulation that I get.

I did get enough sleep, but at the same time, I didn’t get that run or I didn’t get that 30 minutes on the bike that I got that morning. People can usually tell. I like to plan my rest days on days that I know I’m not going to be super busy at work. It’s interesting how that can improve your mental health and boost your mood. The big thing is the prevention of disease and injury. Choosing to make healthy lifestyle choices by choosing not to smoke, eating healthy, and exercising regularly can help offset a lot of these different things that you put yourself at risk for later in life like heart disease, lung disease and depression.

Think about drinking in moderation. If you’re able to control that, you’re able to live a longer life, free from that type of disease. You see people later in life or even relatively early in life who are making unhealthy choices suffer from things like hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. I’m not a doctor. Maybe we could have a doctor on to talk about this at a later time. People who choose not to smoke, eat healthily and maintain that healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight can maintain their health in a lot better way.

When we say healthy weight, we’re not saying to be sticks and bones because in some cases, that is not healthy. I’m 5’2″. On some days, I walk around at 140 and on some days, I walk around at 135. Before my son was born, I was walking around about at 120s, but I’m happy in the weight class that I’m in. You don’t have to be a zero to be considered healthy. You just have to be healthy to be considered healthy. Eat healthily. Eat your fruits, veggies, salads and healthy proteins.

Don’t eat McDonald’s three times a day.

Not at all. I can think of other places I could go to if I really wanted to.

If I want to have a cheat meal, I will probably go somewhere else.

If I’m going to McDonald’s, it’s probably because my kid talked me into it. Even now, if my kids are like, “Can we go to McDonald’s?” I’m like, “Let’s go to Chick-fil-A or somewhere else.” When you realize it too with COVID, it showed you where people are with their health because I know people that have gotten COVID. I know some of my friends that are active people and eat right. They watch what they put in their bodies or they don’t drink. They recovered from it. They’re probably just out for a bit and recovered okay, but then I knew people that didn’t take care of their bodies. They’re overweight. They don’t eat healthy at all. They don’t drink a lot of water. They were in ICU.

It was telling because they’re not too far off in age with us or even the older people that got sick that were able to bounce back from it. There are also older people that got sick and they didn’t take care of their bodies in the same way. You saw it affect them a little bit harder. Thank God that none of them had anything serious happen to them. Nobody passed away from or anything like that, but I can see the difference in people. When COVID hit, I saw a difference in my friends in their different lifestyles and how it affected them. I have to agree 100%. Going back to how I said it, if you take care of your body, your body is going to take care of you. That’s a good point there.

I don’t think we can speak completely on COVID and how it certainly affected people because we saw completely healthy people out there suffer greatly. We saw unhealthy people be able to bounce back from it. It will be interesting to see a lot of the statistics going forward.

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Healthy Lifestyle: With a vegetarian diet, you have more endurance in the gym. You can push yourself longer, harder, and faster.

A lot of things that happened with COVID had to do with serious conditions with a lot of people that are affected by it as well. I was speaking in general to my friends that live normal lives like me and got it and they don’t have any serious conditions. This is what I did see and how they did or didn’t react, and how their body did or didn’t take it. These are some of the differences I saw and a lot of it came down to how they were taking care of themselves before then. I’m a little weird. I’ve said that I want to live to be 100 years old. It’s a cool and scary feeling at the same time. When I switched to being vegetarian, I was also reading about people that did live to be 100 or over 100 years old. A lot of those people primarily had fruits and vegetables in their diet, so I was like, “Maybe this isn’t a bad idea after all.” Going back to goal-setting, maybe this will help me in my goal of living to be 100. I don’t know. When I turn 90, we’ll see if I still feel that way.

If you still want to live.

I’ll be like, “Just kill me now.”

We’ll see at that point what the world is like and be like, “I think I’m ready to go. I’ve lived my life.”

“Just give me a burger. I want to go fast.”

We talked a lot about goal-setting and how living a healthy lifestyle and making these healthy lifestyle choices do coincide and interlink a lot with what we talked about in our goal-setting episode. Maybe we can talk a little bit about how you change your habits because the first step to living a healthy lifestyle is changing some of the choices that you’re making. That requires some habit changing because we all have different habits. Let’s talk a little bit about how we can change our habits to make more healthy habits.

It starts with commitment and self-discipline. Those are my big thing. Anytime I talk to anybody about change or wanting to do something, I’m like, “It’s a commitment to yourself and it’s self-discipline,” because it’s easy to fall off track. I changed the way I drink now. I’m not going to say I don’t drink, but I’ve scaled back on how much I drink and how often. I don’t do liquor anymore. If I do drink liquor, it’s probably a margarita. It has tequila in it or something. I’m drinking tonic water and vodka, but I’m at home and I probably have 1 or 2, and then I’m done.

It’s mostly wine. I might drink beer if I’m on a fishing trip or at the beach or something. Wine is my thing. I’m a wino. I had to change it because it wasn’t helping my anxiety. First of all, I’m a mom, so I couldn’t go out and get hammered the way I did in my twenties, and get up and move around in life. By the time I hit my late twenties, I was like, “I can’t do this anymore.” I scaled back on how I was drinking. When I went through dealing with anxiety, I would notice that the alcohol wasn’t helping. Alcohol increases anxiety.

I don’t think a lot of people know because people oftentimes think of short-term benefits versus long-term benefits of certain choices. A lot of people, when they get 2 or 3 beers in them, they’re happy and talkative. They want to go do something. Sometimes, that does happen. At the same time, alcohol is a downer. When you wake up in the morning from that, you’re not going to feel great. You’re going to feel sluggish, lethargic and bloated. People don’t think about what the long-term effects can be like when they make these choices. That’s a thing that I’ve done as well and I don’t partake in drinking as much as I used to, at least in college or for quite some time after that. I try and focus on other things.

Alcohol releases the levels of serotonin in your brain, which affects your anxiety if you’re dealing with anxiety. I would realize sometimes after drinking, even if it was just a couple of glasses of wine, my sleep would be interrupted or I’d be waking up with rapid heartbeat or I’d be waking up like, “What happened? What’s going to happen?” I started taking note of that. What am I doing every time my anxiety is high? What are the differences? Alcohol was a common denominator. It makes me sound like a real drunk, but I’m not.

That’s how bad my anxiety was that a little bit of alcohol would kick it into gear. I had to say, “No more.” I had to stop. My anxiety is way under control. It kicked in gear when a deal went bad and I was like, “WTF.” For the most part, my anxiety is under control and so is my drinking, so I can still drink and be fine. On occasion, I’ll have maybe a bottle of wine or something like that, and then I’ll start getting sleep interruptions or I’ll start waking up feeling anxious, so I have to be mindful of that. I have to tell myself, “That’s it. No more. Just cut it out for a while before you go back over on the edge again,” or something like that.

Loving yourself, taking care of yourself, and being a little more patient with yourself helps with your mental health.

Going back to changing these bad habits, I had to change my drinking habit. I don’t see how people in my age group can get up and continue to do this every day because there are some people out there that do but I love my body too much. I love my peace, my mind and my family too much to continue to put that stuff inside of me and know that it’s going to have some effect on it. That’s not going to keep me around long enough to be with my kids or to live to be 100 or even to just get up and focus the next day.

Maybe on top of that, some different ways that I started to change my habits are understanding that things are going to happen right away. When you’re changing these habits, you have to be fairly patient about either seeing results or understanding how things are going to work. Especially when it came to things like eating, working out, and things like that. I live by the rule of two weeks. It takes two weeks to form a habit. It takes one day to break it. If you want to start living, whether it’s healthy eating, you want to eat healthier, for two weeks, no excuses, no cheat days, nothing. You would be surprised after that two weeks how you don’t crave those foods anymore.

My favorite food used to be ice cream. I loved having a bowl of ice cream at night or something sweet after dinner to satisfy my sweet tooth. After I went through two weeks of drinking some water and putting some mayo or something in it to make it taste a little sweeter, there’s no ice cream in my freezer. I barely eat it anymore unless I’m at my parents’ house and I’m raiding their fridge. Honestly, you lose that craving, so then you don’t even think about it anymore as far as that goes. Being able to visualize the habits that you want to change, identifying the habits that you want to change, and understanding what are you trying to get out of it. Remove your triggers. If your trigger is, “I want to not have soda anymore. I don’t want to drink pop.” In the Midwest, they call it pop. What do they call it in Texas? Coke?

A soda. I lived in Chicago for a bit and I was like, “Can I get a soda?” He’s like, “A what?” That’s how I learned they call it pop or fizz.

I haven’t heard they call it that.

Maybe that was a Chicago thing.

I thought they called it Coke in Texas. Everything was Coke.

It’s Coke, and then they’re like, “What kind of Coke?” “A Dr. Pepper.”

If you want to give up pop or Coke or soda or anything in between, do not have it in your home. Do not follow the deferring habits of going to the gas station and buying whatever. Just don’t have it around and you’ll find out how easy it is. Sometimes, this stuff isn’t easy like healthy eating where you’re changing a habit like, “I want to work out more.” In the first two weeks, you’ll have some negativity associated with it. I call it hangry. You’ll have that. I experienced that.

I had a sugar crash. I didn’t experience hangriness. There was a point when I was trying to cut sugar out of my diet, so I cold-turkey sugar, and then I became this cranky woman and my husband was like, “Are you okay? Are you stressed right now? Do you need something?” I’m like, “I’m fine.” I was like, “What the hell is wrong with me?” I looked back and I’m like, “I cut sugar out of my diet.” I had a sugar crash and I became agitated. It was the weirdest thing because I didn’t know that existed. That’s you being hangry. I was like, “I want a cookie.” I’m a monster without my cookies.

We talked a little bit about them and referenced what our healthy lifestyle choices are but maybe talk a little bit about how you live a healthy lifestyle and then I can go a little bit more into how I live a healthy lifestyle.

Here’s my routine. I can relate it to my routine. I don’t get up at 3:00 in the morning. I don’t even know how you do that.

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Healthy Lifestyle: Take responsibility for your decisions and make smart choices for today and for the future.

You go to bed at 8:00 at night. That’s how you do it.

At 8:30 at night, I’m fighting my six-year-old on telling him it’s time to go to bed. We’re arguing over what kind of pajamas he should wear. Anyway, that’s my story. Sleeping to me is sleeping in until 6:00 AM, but I can do 5:00. Maybe sometimes 4:45. It depends. I’ll get up early and I like to start my day with a workout. I go to the gym. I do cycling or yoga or whatever. I started doing an infrared sauna training where you’re doing isometric workouts in an infrared sauna. I love it because I love the heat. I don’t like it cold. This is why I live down south. This is why every vacation, you’re going to find me at a beach and not skiing in Colorado.

I like to start my day with a workout. If I can’t make it to the gym, I like to stretch. At least start my day with some yoga, and then whatever my workout is, I follow it up with meditation. I like to follow my meditation up with a prayer and be like, “Thank you, God, for getting me up this day and for keeping me healthy and motivated,” and whatever I say at the time. I’m not going to lie. Sometimes, the prayer doesn’t happen because I’m like, “I got to go cook these kids breakfast.” I miss it sometimes so I just thought about that. I try to make enough time for my workout. I’ll cut my meditation workout short, so I can just pray and show gratitude for this day.

Throughout the day, I’m mindful of what I eat. I eat fruits and veggies. I’m a vegetarian, but I like to eat light. I like to snack. I try not to go a whole day without eating because I don’t think that’s healthy. My husband does it and I’m like, “Ryan, you need to eat lunch,” or “You need to eat a snack,” or “Eat something. You can’t just wait until dinner.” He’s like, “I’m a busy man.” I’m like, “I know, but you need to eat.” I can’t do that so I try to eat. I might get another workout in the day.

I do know one thing that I don’t want to do as soon as I wake up. It is looking at my phone, social media, my emails, get on the computer and start working. Before I get up and start my workday, meaning, my mommy duties and whatever it is that produces me income, I have to make some time for myself. If I wake up too late, it’s 15 to 30 minutes of just prayer, meditation and stretching. My day flows better that way. I stay in touch with myself and my body and what it needs. That’s my daily healthy routine. Outside of that, when I’m going out with friends, just being mindful of how much I’m drinking and stuff like that. It’s a different conversation, but my daily consistency is those things. What about you?

One thing that I want to bring up, and this affects our mental health and I know it’s a topic that we’re going to address at some point, is your work-life balance. Especially during COVID when we’re all working remotely, it’s determining a specific workspace to create boundaries between my work and personal life. Often, people will fall into the trap of, “If I’m working from home, I can work in my bed.” What happens is it blurs those boundaries between your work and your personal life.

It’s so important for me to make sure that I’m working either at my kitchen table or I am working at my desk in my office, which I now have because when 5:00 rolls around, it is so important for me to shut everything down. My workday is done. My phone stays in that room. You cannot get ahold of me after work hours. You need to make sure to determine that. It’s during this time where everyone is working remotely that is important because it does affect your mental health.

If you always feel like you’re working or you’re always making yourself available to work, your personal life and your mental health are going to suffer. I’ve concentrated on making those boundaries apparent. The second thing that I’ve also done is making sure that I’m planning out my meals. I usually plan my week in advance, so I will buy my groceries. I’ll either go to the grocery store and now you can have them delivered if you want to be fancy.

Also, if you’re a busy mom.

If you want to be a bougie, have your groceries delivered to you. I’ll plan out every day what my meal is usually going to be. Sometimes, I’ll get off track and that’s okay. What I also do is I make wine. In my fridge, I have a giant bowl of some jasmine rice, and then a giant bowl of taco beef. If I don’t feel like cooking or if I forget to take the chicken out of the freezer to cook it, then that’s something easy where I can say, “I already have a meal prepped. All I need to do is put everything in a bowl and put it in the microwave then I have my meal.”

I’m holding myself accountable for my health and fitness goals. When I lived in Texas, I had a personal trainer. We determined what my health and physical goals were going to be. He helped me with my diet and he helped me figure out what I should be putting into my body and what’s going to help me perform the best. He helped me a lot with my fitness goals. I’ve seen more fitness people do this quite a bit more. When people ask them how much they weigh, they say they don’t know because they don’t weigh themselves anymore. I have not weighed myself and haven’t known the number for five years.

That would drive me crazy.

Remember to pray and show gratitude for this day.

If I feel better and the number doesn’t show that, then I’m going to get down. I’m not someone who’s going to get more motivated by it, so I let him keep track. I would get on the scale. He would weigh me and then he would tell me if I lost weight and tell me how much because my fitness goal was to get at a healthier weight. He never told me what the number was.

I can’t do that. I’m the type of person that has to know and I have to know now. I have to know the worst-case scenario too. That’s me. I’d be like, “Just give me the number. Just give me a hint. Am I in the 150s or the 140s?” I would have to know or it wouldn’t fly with me. I’d be so fixated on wanting to know.

I can’t know. I don’t want to know. I don’t care to know. I base it off on how my clothes fit and how my pants fit because sometimes, you can be higher in weight but your clothes fit looser.

If you leaned out or not.

Some people love seeing their weight and figuring that out, but I hate it. That’s why I don’t know what my number is and I let other people keep track of it.

I leaned out more over the years just keeping up with my workout and my active lifestyle. Before, I was a size 6 to 8 and it was fitting differently, but now I can see where it doesn’t fit me as tight or it’s a little looser. When I’ve leaned out, I’m still the same weight as I was and I still can wear the same clothes, it’s just they fit better. It comes with the territory of taking care of your body, working out, eating healthy, and all that good stuff. I don’t think we covered this. What do you do to take care of your mental health?

We address that with the work-life balance that goes big into my mental health. Another thing that goes big into my mental health is addressing any mental health challenges with a professional. A couple of years ago, everything culminated from work, my personal and professional life. One day, I woke up and I’m like, “I’m having a mental health crisis here. I’m anxious, panicky and depressed.” Neither of us is a professional or a doctor, but I have seen studies where a lot of this stuff doesn’t culminate until you’re in your 30s for women. What I did was find a professional that I can go to every week and address any of these mental health challenges that come up.

When I get anxious or when I’m having a panic attack, how do you address those things to where they don’t get out of control? A lot of people have anxiety. I would say most people have some anxiety. It’s when it gets into that state of a panic attack that you’re like, “This has gone far. How do I get back?” We worked on different exercises to bring me back into a safe space, but also addressed a lot of the different things. Maybe from my life that had affected the way I am and the way I choose and behave. Being able to address those things with a mental health professional has helped me. Also, we talk about your circle of influence and your circle of friends. Having those people that you can go to and talk to and those people that you can trust to talk about those mental health challenges.

I know I talked about my mental health too. I like being in nature, but there are some days where I’m frustrated and I got a lot of stuff going on. Sometimes I want to go to the gym. I’m not talking about the sauna. I’m talking about wanting to go put on some boxing gloves and punch someone in the face. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll show up at the MMA gym that I train at and I’m like, “Who wants to fight?” It feels good. I’m not this hardcore UFC fighter or anything like that. My stand-up game isn’t as good as my ground game, but it feels good getting this aggression out.

Sometimes I’ll go to lunch classes and I’ll do Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. I’ll come back home and my husband’s like, “You feel better now.” I’m like, “I feel great.” He thinks it’s so weird how that happens. That little workout itself helps me manage some of my stress. Anxiety is a different thing. I got to put myself in a timeout. I got to breathe. I learned some breathing exercises to do when I’m anxious. The counselor that I hired taught me how to do breathing exercises and you can just do it anywhere that you go. You can do it while you’re driving or while grocery shopping and stuff. I usually can tell and feel when I’m starting to feel anxious. I’ll have to be like, “You just need to take some deep breaths and get your mind and your heart back as one.” It’s some of the stuff that I do.

Is there a goal-setting that you’re working on to try and form a habit?

Is it for my mental health?

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Healthy Lifestyle: The first step to living a healthy lifestyle is changing some of the choices that you’re making.

Either/or. It could be your physical health or your mental health. What habits are you trying to form that maybe you don’t have? Healthy eating and exercising is something that we’ve been working on, both on and off. It’s not difficult as someone who’s just starting up to get back into it. Is there something as far as you trying to make a particularly healthy lifestyle choice that you’re working on?

For me, it’s how I talk to myself. Not that I’m Negative Nancy, but my affirmations in the morning, I get these notifications that send me affirmations around the clock during the day. Looking at that and the way you talk to yourself like, “I am.” What comes after “am?” I’m making sure I’m having healthy conversations with myself, but also trying to get back into meditating regularly. I do it, but there are times where I workout too long and I don’t have time to meditate. I want to be able to meditate more. It’s a lifelong journey of being in touch with your spirituality. I have a strong faith and belief. Sometimes I’m praying and sometimes I’m like, “When was the last time I prayed?” Those are the things that I have to say. I have an opportunity and be more consistent especially with my prayers. My husband prays every night. I’m like, “Did you pray for me? Because I forgot to get it in?” I would have to say it would be those little things like the way I talk to myself, meditations and my prayers. What about you?

I’d say the same way about making sure that I’m not thinking about myself in a negative way. I caught myself one time. Somebody had told me, “Your legs are looking great.” I’m like, “Just from my workouts.” I was like, “No, they’re not.” I’m like, “Stop it. Take the compliment and say, ‘I have been working hard. They probably look different. I’d like to see the progress. We still have a way to go.’” It’s about not thinking about myself in a negative light anymore. The one thing that I am so bad at is drinking water. I’m making sure that I’m hydrating. I got this water bottle with times on it during the day so I can keep myself accountable for how much water I should be drinking every day. That one has been hard. Until I’m really thirsty, I don’t need to drink water. I don’t drink water that much.

Drinking water is the first thing I do when I get out of bed. I have a glass of water that I keep next to me. As soon as I get up, I drink it because your body’s the most dehydrated in the morning. You went 6 to 8 hours without drinking anything. The first thing I have to do when I wake up is I drink water or if I had some wine and I’m downing water before bed and I’m downing water when I wake up. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night and I want water. I drink water around the clock. If I’m thirsty, I’m like, “Get out of my way.” It’s something weird about me but that’s a good habit that I have.

I’m going to try that because I always try and down my water at night right before I go to bed, but then I always have to get up in the middle of the night and pee 2 or 3 times. It’s annoying. I try to soak it up. I’ll try that in the morning. That’s a good point.

Another thing is I’m trying not to drink as much coffee. I love coffee. I don’t need coffee to get my day going, but it is refreshing. When I’m sitting on my patio hanging out with my plants, a cup of tea, which is good for you, but sometimes, I just want to drink some coffee and sit down and talk to my plants because I talk to my plants. I’m a crazy plant lady. I need to cut back on coffee consumption. Maybe 1 or 2 glasses a day. It’s not bad in the morning and in the afternoon. I’m like, “Why do I need to drink this if I don’t need to drink this?” I’m like, “I should probably switch to tea, but tea doesn’t do it the same way as coffee does.” If there’s anything in life I’m bougie about, it’s my coffee.

Ligaya, before we wrap it up here, there are a couple of things that I want to leave our readers with. We talked a lot about our healthy lifestyle choices, what we do to form habits and what healthy lifestyle choices we’re making for our mental or physical, and spiritual health. If you ask 50 different people what their healthy lifestyle choices, you’re going to get 50 different answers because there isn’t one way to be healthy. What we talked about, we certainly want you to take it in and think about it, but you don’t need to take on all the lifestyle choices that Ligaya and I choose to make. A healthy lifestyle is how you determine what things make you happy, what things make you feel good, and how you improve your health and your well-being. This is going to include your social circle, your entertainment, how you dress and different things.

How you’re looking on social media.

It can be attitudes, values and worldviews. It’s generally making sure you have a balanced life and one makes “wise choices. It’s about taking responsibility for your decisions and making smart choices for today and the future. There are some items that may temporarily feel good that we talked about like drinking that in the long term may not be healthy. You get to decide what your healthy lifestyle looks like. I do want to leave our readers with that and then I do want to leave them with a quote because I’m the queen of quotations here. Here’s our quote. It is from the Girl Boss, Gigi Hadid. She says, “Eat clean, stay fit, and have a burger to stay sane.”

I agree 100%. Have that burger from time to time.

Ligaya, I’ll turn it back to you and you can wrap it up and sign us off here.

Ladies, we hope that you took something away out of this living a healthy lifestyle. Whether you need help with your mental and your physical health, you just got to start somewhere. Take inventory of yourself, what you’re eating, and where you’re putting your time. If you’re working too much, what does your routine look like? How about we start with that? When it comes to living a healthy diet, we’ve covered mental and physical health. Those bad habits, knowing what they are, identifying what they are, and changing them. Jenny and I shared some examples of how we do it. We’d love some feedback on how you do it.

If you’ve been able to make any changes in your lifestyles lately or not, we want to hear those stories from you as well. If you have any general feedback on how this topic went, we’d like to hear from you as well. Feel free to email us at and share some of your examples or some of your feedback with us as well. We’re going to wrap it up from here and we’ll come back to you with another episode. As we always like to say, it doesn’t matter what type of girl boss you try to be in life, just always keep it 100.

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