I finished my current workout program yesterday, LIIFT4! I’ve done this program many times in the past; I’ve lost count. I just love it so much and it’s one of those programs that I never get bored with. I’ve done posts on it before, but essentially it’s an 8-week program, 4 days a week, that consists of strength training and HIIT (high intensity interval training.) On my rest days, I would do a cycle class on my stationary bike or do yoga to stretch and recover.
I had taken before photos before I started the program and today I took my after photos and I was a bit shocked at the results. I knew that the number on the scale hasn’t been great lately, but often times the scale doesn’t reflect your progress. However, if I was completely honest with myself, I knew that things really weren’t going well. My clothes have been fitting tighter. Still….I was a bit in denial when I took my after photos. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t good.
And then after showering and pulling on a pair of jeans and struggling to button them, reality finally set in. Yes, I’ve stayed consistent with my workouts, but I completely, 100%, undid all of my hard work with the food (and alcohol) I was putting in my mouth.
I’ve been down this road many, many times before. It’s so frustrating that I can’t seem to keep up the habits which bring me the most optimal health and fitness.
This week, I looked back on my posts from earlier this year and I’d somehow managed to forget how good I was feeling because I was not only working out regularly, but I was also going for walks every day, I was staying on track with healthy eating and I was feeling the most healthy and fit that I’d felt, like ever.
Then I got injured, ended up needing surgery, and all of the momentum I had gained just slid quickly downhill and it’s been going downhill ever since.
No pity parties. I did this to myself. Time to put on my big girl pants, my hard hat, and get to work.
I have a list of daily habits that I’m going to work on doing every day. Nothing extreme like 75 Hard. Just a checklist of things like the following:
- Do a morning Beachbody workout. On Monday I’m starting a new 13-week program called 645.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Eat a healthy lunch.
- Go for a walk, preferably outside, during my lunch break. I’ll aim for 30 minutes.
- Eat healthy snacks.
- Eat a healthy dinner.
- Read a chapter from a personal development book.
- Stick to 1-2 alcoholic beverages a week, as long as they fit in my meal plan.
- Drink plenty of water. 64-80 oz keeps me adequately hydrated.
Making sure that I do all of these things, as often as I can, will help me achieve the following goals:
- Improve the quality of my sleep.
- Help me fit more comfortably in my clothes.
- Improve my overall general health, both physically and mentally.
Each morning, I’ve been writing my goals and daily tasks in a journal and at the end of each day, I check off the habits that I completed.
I’m also going back to a portion fix plan of eating and have printed off a meal plan and will do my shopping today for the meals I’ll eat next week.
I know I can do this; I’ve done it with success before. I honestly can’t tell you why I fell off track. It’s human nature, I guess, for us to fall off track. The key is just to get back to it. We all stumble sometimes; we just have to get back up and keep moving.
I think this plan is a great transition into the new year, when we all feel like we’re starting fresh with new goals. I’ll have a head start!
May your glass always be full,