I tend to be an ‘all-in-or-nothing’ type person. That’s why starting a workout regimen or healthy eating lifestyle tends to be so difficult. Once I have a routine going, I hate missing a daily run, and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I get one in. But it is SO tough to get to that point if I’ve lost the habit. Because when I’m not in the routine of working out, if I mess up – even a little bit – I usually think, “Oh, well, I’ll start again on Monday.”
Oh, wait, everyone else in the world does that too?
So much for thinking that I had a revolutionary thought. 😉
Knowing my tendency to do this, however, encouraged me to undertake my get-healthy journey a little bit differently this time around. Because I always see getting healthy as a lifestyle commitment, it’s easy for me to push off the changes for another week. I always think, “Eh, I’ll just start next week. I have the rest of my life to get this figured out, so what’s a few more days?”
But what if I had an actual end-date in mind?
Soooooo, although my plan is to adopt an exercise and healthy eating routine that I can incorporate into my life (for the rest of my life), I decided to pick a date as my grand finale of sorts. At the end of August (the exact date is still to be decided), Nate and I will go out to eat at a nice restaurant, and we’ll stay overnight in a hotel. An adorable new dress will also be a must… of course!
I haven’t thought of what the special day should be called, but it makes complete sense in my mind anyway. 🙂 Just like my wedding day was major incentive for me to work out and eat healthy, this special night away with my hubby will be encouragement to make time for my physical well-being. This will remind me of how important it is to make that time to work out and eat healthier, even if it might not be what I feel like doing at times.
And hopefully, once the day arrives, my exercise and healthier eating routines will be habits!
Here’s the thing… I think this is going to work! My alarm went off bright and early yesterday morning, and my first instinct was to ignore it. But then I thought about the warm sun of August and about buying a brand new dress to celebrate a healthier me. And, my friends, it gave me the motivation to jump out of bed and run nearly 2 miles before Brady woke up for the day! 🙂
This morning, I wasn’t able to run early in the day, because of a super early appointment. But I made it out for a 2 mile walk this afternoon!
I don’t have a definite amount of weight that I plan to lose. I don’t have a pant size that I need to fit into. It’s just about making the time to feel healthy again! So often, I come up with excuses that revolve around not having time or energy. But if I feel healthy and fit, then I’ll only be happier, which will – in turn – make me an even better wife and mom.
Eventually I want to increase the days I work out, as well as add to the miles I run / walk. (I’d also like to add some weight training at some point). But I’m starting off slow, because I can’t exercise to the point that I crash later on. (I have a very energetic little boy who I need to keep up with during the course of the day).
So my goal for the time being is to exercise three days a week. Now I don’t want to tackle my eating habits too early on, because I get insanely hungry when I first start working out. I kid you not… For the first two weeks, I eat like a starving teenage boy, because I am literally hungry ALL the time. But once my appetite settles, I will start to really focus on things like portion sizes and healthier snacks. (I am already going to try to drink more water though, because that will help me keep my hunger in check. 😉 And I’m focusing on reaching for healthier snacks – like fruit or whole grains – when I’m feeling hungry).
Over these next few weeks / months, I’ll keep you all updated as to my progress, challenges, successes, and current goals!