2020 Fitness Journal: Month 1

Last blog post we talked about the breaking point to starting back on a healthy lifestyle to lose weight. I stated that I would keep you updated so you can watch my progress, instead of just seeing my results at the end. So today’s post is journal-ling the ups and downs of the first month of 2020 and how it’s going!!

I have been keeping myself accountable with a two different methods:

  1. Tracking my workouts and my food within Samsung Health

This has helped tremendously to ensure I am getting enough nutrition at a caloric deficit. I do not adhere to any specific weight loss diets… I eat carbs, I eat fat, and I eat meat although I have definitely cut down on my consumption of specific types of meat.

It has also helped me to ensure I am burning enough calories throughout the day. I have a goal of an additional 750 calories a day to be burned by physical activity. I track my heart rate to ensure I am within my optimal calorie burning range for my age.

2. Tracking my daily and monthly goals within an agenda

Each morning and before bed I track what I need to get done tomorrow: which workouts, which errands etc. Then at the end of the day, I review again to see what I have accomplished. It helps to feel proud to cross off those daily small goals each day. To see your week fill up with goals made – it is definitely a continuous motivator for me.

I also set monthly goals for myself. In January my goals were: workout 6 days a week, cut back on alcohol consumption [non-nutritional calories that you just don’t need], blog/insta my fitness journey. Having monthly goals helps keep my eye set for the future, so if i have a bad day and I dont make my daily goals….it’s ok because I am still working towards a monthly goal. One day cannot break me.

So that begs the question: HOW IS IT GOING?!

I have hit 2 of the three goals. I have definitely cut back on my alcohol consumption. Switching a night cap to a wind down routine to help me get to sleep. I worked out 14/31 days – with an allotted 4 days of rest that means I made about 52% of my goal. Not exactly the greatest…. but what is funny is my mind set was SO MUCH better. I felt good, I felt I was making progress; hitting goals! That has ultimately stopped my inevitable falling off and giving up!

I will say that I got the flu in January and as I have asthma, I tend to go done down for a minimum of two weeks. There was a week where I couldn’t even get out of bed… the weakness and the fever had me faint as soon as I stood up. And because I didn’t have the energy to cook – I was also ordering in Junk Food [haha oops]. That being sad, when I started to feel better I craved healthy meals and gym time. GREAT news – my body was starting to ask for my healthy changes rather than craving for chips and an exhausted lay down on the couch.

Lastly, i have definitely been keeping accountable through my insta/blogging. Everyday I make sure to story my daily fitness journey on instagram, and it’s helped keep my daily routine fun!

My new goal for February is CONSISTENCY.

  • Workout more days than January [ I didn’t want to put a number on it… because I knew myself and I would over stress about not hitting it. SO what’s the next best thing, compete with yourself. Just do better than January]
  • Less alcohol consumption than January [Keeping with the same motif and competing with my previous self. I previously had goals to cut out alcohol consumption entirely, and as soon as a weekend came around or I had a hard day at work and fell off. I immediately failed. This time, I’m setting small goals that lead to a larger goal]
  • More Blog Posts I have more fitness presence on instagram as it’s a quick and easy method. But I want to be consistent here on the blog as well!

Overall thoughts? I haven’t fallen off my 2020 new years resolutions, to the contrary I feel MORE motivated then I did when I started. Working out is like a drug…honestly… it has such an addictive positive effect on your life. Next Month is going to be even better – LET’S GET IT!!!!

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The Struggle is Real- Eating Habits

You’ve all heard it: losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise

I don’t know if the stats are that exact. All I know is..you can’t out exercise a bad diet.

Trust me- I’ve tried.

If I can just have this whole bag of chips with dip.. I promise I’ll work out an extra hour tomorrow.

It wasn’t until I took control of what I was eating that I started to see legitimate results.

And it was so encouraging!

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After I hit my goal weight..I started to treat myself nutritionally to some bad habits thinking:

“I can eat a little more treats if I keep the same workout regime and I’ll maintain.”

Guess what I didn’t keep up with the workouts.

And coupled with the increased nutritional intake.

The scale was quick to remind me what works and what doesn’t

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junk food

Then before I knew it I was in my familiar cycle again:

bad eating…feel bad about weight..and in turn eating bad to feel better.

It is a vicious cycle.

And I know I’m not the only one on this merry go around of hell.

It’s the curse of the yo-yo’er – of the stress eater!

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the struggle

The struggle to eat better is real.

Eating better is not only hard to do because we crave greasy and sugary goodness.

But it even costs more.

I bought fruits and veggies yesterday for a week.

I also bought a weeks worth of kraft dinner for my roommate.

Total cost: $100.00

The cost of the kraft dinner? $5.00

Preservatives are cheap because it costs less to manufacture the food, and it shelves longer.

If it shelves longer- it also sets up shop on your sweet tokus as well 😉

Remember that.

….

I’ve been trying to exercise my way back to my ideal weight.

It isn’t working- smarten up baby T.

That’s why this month…my nutrition will be changing.

So lets check in at the end of August- and see the results that NUTRITION and EXERCISE can do.

If I preach- I must do.

No one is an exemption.

Just remember- you are not alone.

We are all going through the struggle.

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Motivation to workout: 10 tips

Finding the motivation to workout can be hard.

It is hard trying to get started, its hard to keep yourself on track, and its hard to keep your results once you’ve achieved them.

I’ve been at each stage of my fitness journey, and I’ve come up with 10 helpful tips to keep you on track!

Most people know that the biggest battle of working out is: Mind over Body.

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1. Set  a goal

If you just say I want to lose ten pounds. That is just a wish.

A goal is the desired result: I will lose ten pounds

and how you are going to accomplish it: exercise X amount of days, change my diet in the following ways…

A goal is not set in stone either…if you find something isn’t working, change it!

2. Work toward something

 This ties in with the “set a goal” tip.

Sometimes I found that even though I set a goal, it was hard to get started if I wasn’t working toward something.

There has to be an end in sight- whether that be a set timeline you set for yourself or maybe you are working towards a big event like a marathon or something. Or maybe even a summer vacation that you are working toward that bikini bod.

A light at the end of the tunnel to see you through those hard days helps keep you on track!

3. Schedule it in 

The main reason people don’t start working out is because they say they do not have the time.

Fact is…you have to make the time.

Think about it…if at some point during the day you have some spare time and think: “oh, what should i do now?” …the answer will never be workout…lets be real! haha

Instead schedule it in.

If  every day after work or after dinner you work out right away- then it’s done and over with.

When I was really busy at a stressful job…I found after work I didn’t want to do anything. So i changed it up!  Instead I scheduled my workouts first thing in the morning. No one would confuse me for a morning person so this was definitely difficult, but i found that making myself get out of bed to workout was easier then trying to find the last bit of energy after a long day.

Find what works for you!

4. Make yourself accountable 

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It’s easier to say “ah well” if the only person that knows you set a goal is yourself.

Instead make yourself accountable to your goals.

I personally use: My man and my social media (hence fitness on my blog) to keep me accountable.

Tell your spouse to keep you accountable to your goal, tell your friends, tell family, tell coworkers.

These people will ask how your progress is going, and this will help keep you on track.

5. Workout Buddy 

If you tell people that your on a fitness journey, it may even help you find a workout buddy.

These people will help make sure you get yourself to the gym because you’ve scheduled a date with them…you scheduled it in!

and they will help with those days when…being sweaty and gross is the last thing on your mind.

I found when I worked-out with my man… it was an external pressure to workout. When you or your partner don’t want to workout, the other is there to give encouragement, to help push a little harder in the gym.

But choose your workout buddy wisely. You don’t want a crutch for a workout buddy.

6. Get Angry

get angry

I find this one works for finding the motivation to workout and to keep going. A couple times, I would put my workout clothes on, start working out. And want to quit when I barely got started thinking “yup this is exactly why i didn’t want to do this.”

I found getting angry helps push me through. When I don’t want to go no more, I get angry for giving up, I get angry for being tired. And that rage helps push me through.

It can also help you get started to workout. Have a bad day at work? Get Angry and take it out in the gym…you will feel a hell of a lot better after all those wonderful endorphines release.

7. Think about how far you come

earn it

Sometimes thinking about the end can be daunting. I have so far to go until I get the results I want.

And you’ll feel like just throwing in the towel.

Instead think of how far you’ve come. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far. Look at the results you have managed to get!

How could you give up now?!

Feeling good about your results will help motivate you for even better results.

8. Rewards

Do not reward yourself with food. That’s just silly. I workouted out, now i get to have some double fudged cake.

Instead, say to yourself something like…”If i workout now, later I could ….”

It may just be something you like to do every night anyway like watch your favourite television program.

But if you set your mind to the fact that you have to earn that privilege, than you are more likely to get that workout in before hand.

Go out there and earn it!

9. Self Pep Talk 

will you

This one is the most personal. You have to find something that speaks to you!

I personally found a quote related to fitness that actually got me off the couch to workout one day and decided to write it in lipstick on my bathroom mirror.

So that every morning I see it and I am reminded about my goal, and why i am doing this.

It isn’t always going to work, but something that comes from yourself is likely to have the greatest impact on your behaviour.

It shows self determination.

It could be anything from a quote, a visual aid such as a photo, or an experience you’ve had.

Something that reminds you why this is important to you.

10. Music 

Everyone knows that music helps pass the time during your workout. You can find endless mixes for working out on youtube.

But i also find music helpful as a pump up to get going!

Sometimes I’ll blast some music, and it will lift my spirits and ill be dancing around my apartment like the big nerd I am.

Before you know if I’ve worked up a sweat, and I’m actually ready and happy to workout!

endorphines

What do you use as motivation to workout? Let’s share ideas!

Hope you find mine helpful!

 

 

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Fitness: Enough is Enough

I am publicly making myself accountable:

by letting  you my readers and followers aware of my fitness journey.

I am now accountable to GET STARTED.

How my fitness journey started.

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Before i started my fitness journey (on the left). I was completely satisfied with my appearance- i could rock any weight. It was not until I randomly calculated my BMI that I realized I had creeped-up on an unhealthy weight for my age, gender, and height.

This hit me hard.

I had always thought of myself as a curvy woman, and I embraced that. But i officially crossed the line from curvy to overweight. With a new perspective, I realized how many clothes i was holding onto that I no longer fit into. If i wasn’t thinking that i would eventually wear these clothes again, why was i holding onto them?

It was time for a change!

Just like that…I made changes. I bought a video work out program called P90x- the thought of a gym intimated me. I had never been to one before, did not know how to use any of the machines. And the thought of struggling in front of everyone was frankly an embarrassing thought.  This was between me and myself, and it was going to be a battle i was going to win by myself… in the comfort of my own living room.

With dietary changes, and a workout routine. I successfully toned my body to the right picture- Losing 30 pounds.

I had not been that trimmed since i started high-school. Basically when the weight gain started.

Fitness Journey Now

Now a year later. I have fallen off my fitness lifestyle and have gained 15 of those pounds back. The new clothes i had purchased to celebrate my new body range from “no longer fitting- to VERY snug.”

I’ve hit my second epiphany moment: Enough is Enough.

No more winter hibernation with a sedentary lifestyle in-front of the couch with junk food. That is not the life i want to live. I enjoy hiking, i enjoy going for night-time walks, i enjoy the euphoria you feel after a good sweat. When i workout I am more confident, I am happier, I sleep better, and i feel more energized during the day without coffee!

I am officially kicking myself in the butt; and saying “wtf girl?”

If those aren’t great enough reasons to live a healthy-active-lifestyle, what more is it going to take?!

So I’m starting over. Not from the beginning. But from a minor setback.

and I’m going to take you along with me this time.

My Goals:

I am cutting out the junk. No more pop, junk food like my ultimate comfort food chips and dip, no more fast-food stops.

Cooking and preparing healthy meals everyday- Not only for me but for my household.

Starting P90x again. It is a three month video program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, at any fitness level!

I dont want to set a goal weight- I dont want to fixate on a number. Instead my goal is going to be: to become more toned. Ensuring that my clothes fit again. Whatever weight that happens at.

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Me day 1 of my fitness journey.

I’m excited!

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