I suppose it’s time for me to update everyone as to how my exercise and eat-healthy goals are going! Hmmmm, should I start with the good news or the bad news? 😉
So first, let’s talk about excuses.
Actually, let’s back up. First, let me make an excuse. Please excuse me if this blog post is a bit scatter-brained and more suited to the scribblings of a young child. Brady is just getting over a 3 week stretch of very little sleep, and my body is feeling it. (To be more specific, my brain is feeling it too).
Tonight, I tried to screw the nipple of Brady’s bed-time bottle onto the top of a milk jug. Nate thought it was hilarious. Brady was disappointed that I wasn’t actually intending to give him an entire gallon of milk. And I felt my heart drop as I wondered what else I was accidentally messing up, because seriously awkward things can happen when you’re functioning on so little sleep. I mean, my biggest fear is walking into the grocery store and realizing that I forgot to put on pants.
You just can’t bounce back from that!
What were we talking about again??
Oh, right, my exercise and eat-healthy goals! 🙂 Here’s the tough news… Starting a dedicated fitness routine that’s fueled by healthier foods is tough. I know that’s nothing new to anyone reading this, and I’d definitely prefer to skip over this part of my journey and blog about the victories. 🙂 BUT I also know that there are plenty of women (and men) out there who do have to drop a few pounds for health reasons, so I want to always be completely honest.
So could I do better? Yes! I honestly haven’t made the commitment to cardio that I need to, but that is – mainly – due to the weather just now warming up. I have a really hard time starting a jogging routine on a treadmill, and I’m just now able to run outside. And as for the eating, no foods are taboo; because I want this to be a lifestyle commitment (not a diet). But I could definitely cut down on the sugar and carbs. 😉 And let’s face it, it’s sooooo easy to come up with an excuse as to why the workouts should start tomorrow.
When I made an excuse to not exercise yesterday, Nate calmly looked at me and said, “What do you need me to be? The tough husband who pushes you? Or the understanding husband who lets you rest?”
I sighed and replied, “The tough husband…”
So needless to say, I ran a solid 2 miles shortly afterward)!
So yes, let’s talk about the victories! 🙂 Most of you have already read my posts during which I recapped my gaining weight due to stress eating and not committing myself to exercising after becoming a mom. (If not, you can read those here and here). I put on about 30 pounds over the past 4 years, and it wasn’t because I needed to. It was all because I was eating too much junk food and definitely not working out like I should.
But since February, I’ve lost 5 pounds!
I know that most people would see that as really slow progress, but I’m so happy about it. I haven’t even exercised as much as I should, but I’m already moving in the right direction! That’s all been due to moving more, listening to my body and trying to obey hunger cues, chasing after my toddler, and cutting out calorie-laden drinks.
Just those baby steps and little changes have been helping me to feel better. But now that the nicer weather is here, I definitely need to take the workouts up a notch! 😉 Hopefully the next blog post is all about the awesome workouts I fit into my hectic lifestyle!! 🙂 But either way, I’m going to be proud of myself for moving in the right direction.
That’s what this journey is for me. It really is about lifestyle choices and just feeling strong, healthy, and confident! I don’t specifically have a number on the scale that I’m working towards. I just want to fill my body with healthy foods and work my muscles, so that I can be the healthy, energetic mom that Brady deserves. 🙂
So, yes, it has been baby steps. But I’m tip-toeing in the right direction, my friends.