I’ve written about my relationship with fitness and my trends with working out in past posts (you can find those here and here). Well I am back with an update on how things have been going lately. Probably unsurprisingly, I have been off my fitness game since I moved to Seattle. With everything that has been going on in my life (confused? read my last post!), fitness was the last thing on my mind.
This all came to a head recently when I ordered my bridesmaid dress for one of my best friend’s weddings. The dress came in, I tried it on and it didn’t fit. I had ordered a size up to make sure it would fit and it didn’t. I was devastated. It was a really bad day for me. That was roughly 3 months ago. I have been slowly making changes to try to get healthier, but hadn’t fully committed until recently.
Within the last couple of weeks I have gotten a lot more serious about focusing on my health and living a healthier lifestyle. After doing research, reading about other people’s journeys and watching fitness tips videos, I decided on a couple of things. First, I wanted to find ways to make changes that I can sustain long term. I didn’t want to find quick fixes that would help me loose weight, instead I want to find ways to change behaviors long term. I also wanted to find exercises, food, etc. that I really liked and wouldn’t get bored of. I wanted to get picky.
So… where am I going to go from here? Well here is my plan!
Be active for at least 45 minutes a day. Now I am not saying I want to do an intense work out for 45 minutes every day, but I want to be active. Go for a walk, a bike ride, etc. Beyond that, my goal is to work out 4-5 days a week. I am hoping to try out some new types of workouts, but also plan to rely on some old favorites (interval running and hiking). In general, I just want to be more active.
Make sure to stand up at least once an hour. I know this probably sounds funny, but here me out. I work a desk job. I sit ALL day. And I have noticed it has taken a toll on my body. So I am going to try to get up at least once an hour. Just get up, do a quick lap around my apartment and get my body moving.
Stop eating things that hurt my body. Now this is a big one and going to be a hard one. I am lactose intolerant. The problem: I love cheese. I have already started to find good alternatives for things like coffee creamer, yogurt, etc. But cheese is my one vice. But moving forward I am going to try to cut it out of my diet as much as possible.
Create a meal plan each week to ensure healthy eating. This is a big deal for me. In the past, when I have been at my healthiest, it is partially because I planned out my meals and did meal prep each week. So, I am bringing this back.
Don’t get down on myself or get discouraged. Over the past few years I have had a problem where when I am not seeing results fast enough or I have a bad week, I just give up. Are these setbacks? Yes. Are these reasons to completely give up on getting healthy? No. So I am going to do my darnedest to not let those things get me down.
Post weekly updates to the blog. I am hoping this will keep me accountable. To exercise. To create the meal plans. To not get down on myself. To not eat cheese. I am going to start posting these on Mondays, but obviously that is not a possibility this week. So check out this weeks plan below!
Thanks for being here with me on this ride. Until next time, friends… CMB