I’m sure you don’t feel like seeing construction pictures every time that you stop by. I’ll continue to show you progress, but this girl needs a break! SOOO — let’s talk about something else, shall we? What a good idea.
(Cue: awkward subject change.)
First a little background – I was pretty small growing up. Although I’ve been the same height since middle school, I was always an active child and was regularly teased for being “too skinny.” However, like most young adults when I went off to college I often ate and drank too much, didn’t get nearly enough sleep, and went to the gym only on occasion.
I went from being too thin to looking like a normal person in a flash. After college I stopped drinking all the time, tried to make healthier eating choices, and attempted to work out routinely. For the last two years – I was on a role! Each week I made my way to the gym 4-5 times and I felt like I could eat what I wanted because I knew I was getting enough physical activity.
The funny thing with making healthy choices is that it seems to come in swings.
Throughout Alex’s last deployment I really didn’t make any changes to my food intake, but still at the end of the three months I found myself less healthy. Now I know all of you parents out there will start to roll your eyes here… but I told myself that I was just too busy to find time to go to the gym. I was already working 9 hour days and once I started my new job, I tacked on an hour commute each way.
My excuse was that I didn’t want to leave the dogs alone at home for even longer than they had to be. In all honesty, I could have found plenty of time to get in some exercise – I just didn’t. I could have continued with our Insanity program after Alex left, I could have taken the dogs for a run when I got home, or even committed to working out during lunch.
When you don’t change your eating habits, but you cut out the majority of your exercise – only one thing happens. It doesn’t happen overnight either. However, once I found that my clothes were fitting tighter and I felt a little less confident than normal, I knew I needed to make a change.
For the last six weeks I have made my way back to working out 5 times a week. It wasn’t easy though. Even though I knew that I needed to get back to being healthy – I didn’t feel like dragging my butt to the gym. But — I did. Logically I realize that results don’t happen overnight but I can’t help but to find myself frustrated when I don’t get any instant gratification.
At first I had these ridiculous goals for myself. Only eating salads for lunch every day. Jump start my fitness routine by working out twice a day. This only leads to a quick burn out.
Now, I’ve taken a step back and made new goals that are a little more attainable. Let’s have a look:
- Up the water intake! (During the work day: Two glasses in the morning pre work-out, three post work-out and an addition two before bed) So far, so good.
- Go to a fitness class each work day during lunch (These classes are actually a ton of fun and a great way to get out of my computer chair. I find that I look forward to them each day now!)
- Take the dogs on at least 3 walks per week (This week so far – just one. I need to get hoppin’!)
- Have at least one fruit/veggie per meal (With a little planning, this one is fairly easy as well)
- Cut back alcohol to Friday and Saturday evenings (We’re really not big drinkers, but I find that after a long day a beer or glass of wine sounds nice. If I have one each night for the whole month – that ends up being a lot!)
Not having a glass of wine/beer seems to be the most difficult right now. With Alex and his dad home working on our bathroom all day, by the end of the day – they really could use a drink! It’s hard to always say no when everyone else is indulging! Baby steps…
I keep telling myself that it took me three months to get to where I am now, so I’m hoping that in three months I’m back to feelin’ good!
Okay, enough with the chatter. Let’s change the subject and do a Photo Phone Dump! Enjoy 🙂
While we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house, I thought to grab something cold for the hardworking men! I think they liked it 🙂
Sleepy Daddy with Sleepy Mutts.
I started this fire… 99% by myself!
This little gem was taken of Bailey from the once hole through our bathroom floor and into the garage.
Homemade hummus! Yummmmay!
Walk numero one-o.
The superbowl snack I made for the men! Also — delicious.
I think that’s all for today! This girl is off to Pilates 🙂 Happy Hump day!