Photos above, Early November 2017
It has been a little less than 3 months since I posted that I was Reclaiming my Me time by refocusing on my personal health and fitness goals. A few of you have asked me “how’s it going” and to show y’all some progress but I just wasn’t ready yet. It took a lot of courage to discuss how much weight I had gained and how I had failed to stick to my fitness plans for everyone to see. Even though I saw progress within my first 2 weeks I was still shy about putting it all out there. Also, I felt overwhelmed more times than I’d like to admit.
“Why y’all ain’t tole me this was gonna be so hard!!“- in my country gal twang.
A year ago getting up and going to the gym was second nature to me. Even though working out while on a work trip has been fairly doable, staying consistent on the days when I’m not flying has been difficult.
Photos below Late November 2017
Still, I feel as though I have made progress and I am extremely pleased with how much I have accomplished in under 3 months. By reminding myself that results will not happen overnight and that no two days are the same I have been able to stay positive. What matters is that I don’t lose sight of my goal to be 70+ and able to rock a string bikini (new bae told me this was impossible *insert eye roll and a pound of determination) o’an to be a healthier and happier me of course
Here’s what I have been doing so far:
- Planning ahead.
- I only pack workout clothes when I travel for work so that I have no excuse not to go to the gym.
- I write out my workouts either on the notes app on my iPhone or in a notebook.
- Stay Hydrated
- I drink water throughout the day
- I drink turmeric tea daily whenever I’m home and matcha tea in place of coffee while working.
- Don’t limit yourself
- Some days I work out for hours while others I may only do 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I want fries instead of kale and skittles instead of grapes.
- Listen to your body
- I don’t overexert myself it is all baby steps.
Here are some areas I wish to improve on:
- Staying consistent
- I have to got get my at home routine down pack
- Cut down on drinking alcohol- more wine-
- One of my New Years Resolutions is Dry January. I’m not drinking any alcohol at all this month and afterward, I am limiting myself to special occasions only with the occasional glass of red.
- Stop stressing about the days that I don’t make it to the gym.
- being honest here I have 2 jobs, 1 full time and 1 part time, I run a blog, I am in the process of applying to grad school, I have a sick grandfather in the nursing home who needs me and I’m still trying to date where I can–single by the way, just throwing that out there-. Instead of stressing about what I can’t do I want to start focusing on what I can do and how I can go harder whenever I am able to get a work out in.
I did not realize how much mental strength is involved in reaching your fitness goals. I didn’t necessarily rely on it before. But I know I can do this. I have already dropped a pant size and lost 12 lbs I feel as though I can only improve from here.
Photos above, Early December 2017
Photos Above Late December 2017