So I have already expressed that I want to be healthier, but what does that really mean anyway?
Being healthy means different things to different people and I’ve been spending the last few days trying to determine what being healthier means to me and what goals I would like to will achieve going forward with my new lifestyle. I would like to thank some of the bloggers I’ve been following as well who have opened my eyes to the fact that I never actually sat down to determine goals for myself. I feel like I have an idea of what I want floating around in my head, but until I actually get down to writing them out, they’ll just remain some vague idea…so here I go:
- Lose Weight – I know this one is pretty obvious but I would like to be at a weight I feel comfortable in. To be honest, I have not even gotten on a scale since I started my journey to a healthier me about 4 weeks ago, partly due to not owning scale and partly due to being terrified of the number I would see. I prefer to use my measurements as a way to determine if I am making any progress with my routine. I always get disheartened when I’m first starting out and see the number on the scale going up, even though the sensible part of me is telling me it’s just muscle building. Eventually I will have to get over that fear and step on a scale though. I have a ballpark figure of what I probably weighed starting this and I’ll give myself till the end of April to get on a scale and see what I actually will weigh at that point. I do know from past experience working out, given my height and frame, I’d be very comfortable in the 140-145lb range so I’ll work towards that.
- Lose Inches – Part of the weight loss is trimming and toning my body. Right now there is more fat than I particularly like hanging around my midsection and I would really like to see it gone. I know that you cannot spot train a certain part of your body to lose weight (oh how I wish), so I am hoping that clean eating, mixed with some cardio workouts a couple of times of week will be enough to keep the fat melting off. Ideally, I would like my measurements to get to 34-26-38/40 (I feel like my hips are a losing battle cause the inches always drop from there the slowest, but I’d be comfortable with them in that range). I don’t think that’s an unrealistic goal for me to have in mind. After this first month I’m only 2in. – 3.5 in. – 4.5/2.5 in. away from reaching my goal in those areas.
- Eat Clean – When I first started this journey, I truly felt like my diet was just fine. The way I saw it, I was eating way better and much less than I had in the past so I wouldn’t need much of a change, right? Wrong… As it turns out, I was eating out too much. I would rarely bring food from home with me for lunch so I was always ordering food. Not only was I spending wayyy too much money on this, but I didn’t know how that food was being prepared. Sure let’s say all I ordered was a tuna sandwich, but how much mayo did they put in? Was is fat-free or regular? How many servings of tuna are actually in that sandwich? One of the biggest game changers for me I believe was bringing food with me from home that either me or Mike prepared. I really started pay attention to what I was eating and wanted to make sure that I was focusing on protein, vegetables, and fruit in my diet. Lunch time aside, I didn’t realize how much snacking I did at night when I was watching tv. A bowl of ice cream here, some popcorn to share there, it just all adds up in the end and I have tried to make a concerted effort to always keep fruits and low fat cheeses in the house for when the mood strikes. So far, it’s been working pretty well and I have been feeling much less bloated and full.
- Build Confidence – I’ll be honest, even when I was younger and thinner, I didn’t quite have much confidence in myself. There were a couple of years in between where I learned to love my body and feel confident but those years are gone again and I find myself dreading every wedding, engagement party, baptism, or get together where I need to get dressed up. I hate trying on dresses that used to fit and having them be too tight. So what do I do? I opt for the flowy-er dresses that don’t cling to my fat. And the beach? Don’t even get me started on that. I do love the beach though and try to go as often as I can every summer, but I’ll be wearing my cover up until I lay down on the towel and it goes right back on again as soon as I get up. I don’t want to be that girl anymore. I want to be confident and proud of my body. And right now, I’m not, and that’s my fault. I should’ve treated it better and I didn’t, so here’s to making up for the lost years.
- Start Running??? – Ok, this will be a tough one for me because I’ve never tried before, but I think I want to start running. It makes sense. I hate being in a gym for my own reasons (taking classes at a studio is a completely different experience) but sometimes I don’t want to wait until my next class to be active. Once the weather warms up I love being outdoors from early in the morning, so why not start running instead of just walking? I don’t plan on running any 5K’s or anything any time soon but I would like to just be able to go for a run in the park. This will take some mental and physical preparation on my part, but it’s something I’m definitely interested in possibly starting once I get back from my vacation in a couple of weeks. For all you runners out there – advice on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated!
- Feel Better – Last but not least, I want to just feel better. I feel like in this last month I have been less stressed (and trust me, there was plenty to be stressed about), less emotional (I’ll have to ask Mike to confirm this for me), happier, and more energetic. In the beginning, I had a hard time getting myself up and out of the house to my kickboxing sessions when the time came, and now I can’t wait to for the next one to come again. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m happier, I make sure those around me are happier as well.
So there they are, all the goals I plan to meet on my way to a healthier lifestyle. I’m wary about giving myself a deadline to reach these goals by because I do feel that in the past I’ve either:
A) Met my goals and thought all my hard work was done and just go back to my old ways
B)Not reach my goals in time and get discouraged and just stop trying.
And I don’t know about you, but deadlines seem so temporary to me. What I want to strive for is a permanent healthier lifestyle change. What I am willing to say is that I will give myself a check-in day, say for June 1st. And on that day I’ll check my weight, my measurements, take an “after” shot, and make sure I have made some head way towards running. I’ll use that day to track my progress and see if I have come close to meeting, or hopefully even surpassing my goals.
So tell me, what is it that you are looking to accomplish? What goals do you have in mind for yourself? I’d love to hear from you guys! As far as I’m concerned, a lot of us, including me, chose blogging as a means for staying accountable, and that places us all in the same boat. 🙂