I ran my first 10k last weekend. And by “ran” I mean, I pushed on for the first 5k and then about died the next 5. I came in last place… but I still finished. My dripping, heaving, beet-red self jogged over that finish line like it was nobody’s business.
Yet even though I was proud of completing this new challenge, I was a bit embarrassed. I mean, I call myself a runner and here I am, not training on a daily basis, eating horribly, and almost killing myself (figuratively, of course) by not being prepared for a race I paid to run. Heed the wake up call!
It has been over a month since the break up and I have been feeling quite bitter all of July. Or maybe a better way to describe my emotions is to say I really just haven’t given a damn; not about my future, not about my physique, and not about my health. My nutrition has been made up mostly of beer and ice cream, and though I can’t say I am completely ashamed of this fact, my body is beginning to rebel.
So starting now (NOT the beginning of August) I am going to begin anew. I have my Disney race in February, but I also plan to run a half marathon in October. I will begin training consistently and vigorously.
To do so, I have a few fitness plans which I would like to share so I may accountable:
- I will run at least 4 days a week, with a long run on Saturday mornings. (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays)
- I will spin at least 1 day a week. (Mondays or Wednesdays)
- I will hike the dunes or take a walk for at least an hour on Saturdays, following my long run. (Saturdays)
- Don’t get bored, try new workouts: yoga, body pump, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc.
- I will start 30 Day Shred on the morning of August 1st and complete the challenge by August 30th. (Every day)
- Following every gym workout, I will do some sort of weight training — upper body, lower body, core.
- Fridays will be a rest day unless otherwise “traded” for another day during the week.
As I said, nutrition is another issue. That is why I have chosen to order a May Book (thank you, Hillary!) to keep track of meals and calorie intake. I also use MyFitnessPal, but I believe having a physical journal to track my intake will be beneficial.
My biggest issue is dinner. Living with my parents, I obviously tend to eat what they are making for dinner. And it usually some delicious concoction full of cheese, starch, and red meat — all of which are my favorite foods! Talk about coincidences! So of course, I tend to over-portion my meal, throwing off my entire healthy-eating choices from breakfast and lunch. I’m a mess.
So instead, I will begin preparing my dinners prior to the meal. I will focus on vegetables and lean meats, with no pasta, rice, or potato fillers as side dishes. (I’m tearing up just thinking I am cutting pasta out of my diet.) I also will cut back on dairy products, especially cheese. (Okay, here come the tears.) And no more sweet or salty desserts. (Goodbye, mascara.)
I plan to go Paleo the month of September. I have done this in the past and absolutely loved how I felt afterwards. August, unfortunately, hosts my county’s youth fair and the thought of not enjoying even one corn dog or fried Oreo is just too somber — I’m trying to be healthy, not a masochist. I’ll explain more about Paleo as September comes into view though…
As for now, here are my nutrition goals:
- Keep under 1300 Calories a day.
- Focus on vegetables, lean meats, essential oils, and some fruits.
- Cut processed foods out of my diet.
- When at a restaurant, order a salad with vinaigrette rather than a burger and fries.
- 1 beer every two weeks, otherwise stick to drinking wine. (Oh, Oberon, I shall miss thee…)
- Don’t deprive myself of all treats in life, but do so responsibly and truthfully in terms of Calorie-intake.
I am going to make it my mission to give a weekly recap on my progress, as another form of accountability. I am excited for my nifty little May Book to come into my possession, but until then (and after as well) I will be relaying on my hardy willpower.
My overall goal is to simply feel healthier. Right now, I can feel my body dragging — I am tired and moody all the time and just feel blah. In the past, when I have redirected my focus on myself, changing my diet and working out to a better end, I have felt great. I am ready for that change in attitude and mindset. I am ready to reclaim my life. Let’s do this!
Do you have any secrets when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle? If so, feel free to share as I doubt I am the only one struggling with the Temptations of the Taste!