Recently I’ve noticed my body changing. Nothing too drastic, but I'm starting to feel frumpy and need to figure out how I can remedy this. First step: saving and pinning great exercise ideas and delicious, healthy meal suggestion posts online. Now maybe if I actually do some of them I’ll see some results! Haha. What a concept!
This year, I vowed to get organized with my meals and with a regular workout routine. I’m determined to make fitness and healthy eating a part of my life; a continuous, daily routine, never give up, part. For some reason, it is much easier said than done. I am good to go for a short period of time, and then I seem to fall back into my old habits. It goes a little something like this:
Week one: 3x per week - 30 minutes of cardio. Arm/leg work out with weights.
Egg white omelet with spinach. Green tea. Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken. Water. Broiled fish, steamed broccoli, water.
Week two: 3x per week - 30 minutes of cardio. Squats, push-ups, planks.
Steel cut oats with fresh blueberries, green tea. Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken. Stir fry beef with bell peppers and onions. Water with lime.
Week three: 4 sit-ups while watching Netflix. 12 jumping jacks. Every carb every created in the whole entire world…chocolate milk… handfuls of chocolate chips…four bowls of cereal before bed…a loaf of French bread with cheese spread on top of it…an entire stack of graham crackers in one sitting, and some nachos.
Week four: Go back and begin at week one again…
Why do I fail? How is this so hard for me? I feel great when I exercise and I know it’s so beneficial for me, so how come I never keep it up? If I could just keep going I know it will do wonders for me! Understanding that it is all based on my mindset is the beginning of change.
I realized recently that I am pretty good at making excuses. “Well, I have to make dinner so I can’t work out yet.” Okay, but why don’t I go ahead and fit in some exercise after dinner? “I already ate a cookie today, so I might as well just forget trying to eat healthy for the rest of the day!” This is ridiculous and just an easy way to give up. “I’ve done well with my workouts for a week now…it won’t hurt to take one night off.” However, I get off track and let another day go by, then another…and the list goes on and on and on.
Success will be mine when I actively choose to make exercise and eating healthy my second nature. I need to decide daily to fit it in no matter what. Even if I do a shorter workout, or sneak in a treat here and there; I can’t and won’t give up! Who’s with me??