Read this blog post (if you missed it) to catch up on my goals for getting back into shape.
Honestly, picking a specific date as my ‘deadline’ to form healthy habits – and a healthier version of myself – was the best thing I could have done. Or at least I think so… I know it’s still early to tell, but it just feels that way! 🙂
The funny thing is that I really haven’t worked out at all since I began this journey. I started out on a particularly busy week filled with piano tunings, appointments, church volunteering, teaching, and hostessing. The following week, I came down with a chest cold that’s just now turned into a head cold.
Anyway, I can’t begin working out until my lungs have cleared, so it’s been three weeks of no exercise. Bleh!
Normally, I’d set a new start day (a Monday, obviously). But I haven’t had that mindset, since my ‘end date’ is in August. (Now obviously, August isn’t really an end date, as I hope to continue the good habits that I obtain over these next few months). 🙂 At the same time, however, I see every single day as a new possibility to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself. I no longer view my ‘get healthy’ journey as a diet that’s designated by Mondays and weekends. Instead, it’s going to be seven months of doing better every single day.
It’s more long-term focused instead of being perfect now as I start out.
So although I haven’t been able to work out, I have been taking better care of myself. I’ve upped my veggie and fruit intake. I finally switched to unsweetened coffee. I stocked my house with healthy snacks such as almonds, yogurt, cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, and dried fruit. And I’ve been drinking a whole lot more water.
I’ve also really focused on taking care of myself when it comes to ‘me time’ and getting more rest. Normally when I’m sick, I just keep going strong… and I end up exhausting myself. I’m trying to remember that I matter too! So I’ve made time for a hot bath every week, and I’ve designated Monday nights as ‘me time’. On those nights, I usually watch TV or read, while Brady is in bed and Nate is playing a video game. It’s simple… but it’s time for just me!
And two days ago, when I really didn’t feel well, I asked Nate to watch Brady for me so that I could lie down for a little bit. I’ve never done that before.
These may be baby steps, but – at the same time – they kind of feel huge. 🙂