How do I start this . . . I guess, let me start with – Hi. How are you? It’s been a longggg time since I’ve had anything close to a normal blog up and running. But life happens eh?
Now that that’s out of the way – It’s time for a change. Last September, I attempted to do a “Self Care September” Challenge, which you can read the 1 and only post here.
How do I say this . . . I SUCK at keeping myself accountable. I always say how I’m going to stick with a workout plan, or write every day or read every day, blah, blah, blah. But, every time I start, something happens. I get sick, I get too sore, I have one too many drinks with my friends. Something happens that makes me say, “nah, I’ll just skip this one day”. And then I never. start. again. This has been the vicious cycle that has been haunting me for the past YEAR. This time it’s going to be different.
Because I am tired of being tired. Tired of feeling sluggish, out of breath, stiff, sore, aching joints, not sleeping well, being bloated. I’m tired of dressing myself in things that hide my body, my rolls and flabby bits that I’ve grown in the last 2-3 years. I’m tired of letting myself down. I’m tired of not having sex with my boyfriend because I feel to self-conscious. As of right now, I am the heaviest I have ever been in my entire life.
It’s time for a change – a lifestyle change. No crazy diets. No insane workout regimine. No “get results quick” scheme for me.
I want to build a sustainable healthy lifestyle. And in the process, build a sustainably healthier me.
By eating better, less processed(ish) foods, drinking less alcohol/sugary drinks and more water, fewer carbs, more protein and healthy fats. Working out more and being generally more active. And by logging every day, here on the blog, how things are going. Even if it’s just a few sentences. Writing something. Because this is more than just getting physically fit. It’s about finding myself again. And I feel like I lost a part of myself when I stopped creatively writing here.
Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty details . . .
What Will I Eat?
Basically, I’ll start with a “keto-ish” diet. Fewer carbs, more protein & healthy fats. Overall less processed and more whole foods. Adjust where needed.
I will NOT be cutting out ANY fruits, and I will be allowing myself to snack on indulgent unhealthy snacks within reason – if it still fits within my calorie count for the day. This is to keep myself from feeling trapped (and again, this is all about building something sustainable – and I can’t sustainably quit all junk food forever!).
The main focus : eating cleaner, better, and NOT eating as much – I have a tendency to overeat!
How Will I Workout?
I plan on aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but my ideal goal is for a full 60 minutes a day of some kind of physical activity.
My main sources will be following along with the monthly workout calendar by Blogilates on YouTube and/or SarahBeth Yoga on YouTube. Insert kayaking, hiking, walks, etc as weather and time permits.
What Will I Track?
- Weight (daily)
- Body measurements (chest, arms, legs, waist, hips, etc)
- Food intake (mostly calories, but keeping an eye on macros – again my goal is to have fewer carbs & more protein/healthy fats)
- Water intake (ideally 1 Gallon/day, but baseline goal of about 74 oz / day)
Tools I Will Use
- Apple Watch to track activity
- Lose It! app to track food/macros/water
- Wellness Planner to track feeling (reaction to food/workouts, etc)
- Bullet Journal to track measurements, habits & wellness rewards
What Are My Goals?
- Lose 30 lbs
- Create a SUSTAINABLE diet & workout regimine
- Reward myself with NON-FOOD rewards
- Blog/Vlog/Instagram my journey
And now, time for the more painful part . . . the before pictures & measurements. I’ve never had a bad relationship with my scale – I know that it’s just a number and I know that my weight will fluctuate due to water/bloating/etc. It’s the photos that hurt most. BUT I know that the AFTER photos are going to be great. So lets see it!
My Before Pictures & Measurements:
- Weight: 178 lb
- Right Arm: 13.5″
- Left Arm: 13.5″
- Right Thigh: 26.4″
- Left Thigh: 25.8″
- Waist: 34″
- Muffin Top (1″ below Belly Button): 39″
- Hips: 43.4″
Some things to note:
My arms were flexed when I took my measurements, because I am interested to see if there is any/much muscle growth in this process.
I took the time to measure my muffin top because – well, honestly I want that little bugger to gtfo.
I’ll be weighing myself daily (as mentioned above), but these other measurements will only be done once a month to track progress. I’ll also be making notes of my non-scale/non-measuring tape victories as well!
I started today off strong – I did day 1 of my Blogilates March workout calendar, and I even followed it up with 15 minutes of yoga to cool down (for a total of 61 minutes of activity!).
Let’s do this.
I’d love to see if you are inspired to do your own health journey!