I really didn’t want to move again today. I didn’t want to finish my workout after I started. Know what I had to do to get myself motivated? Visualize Zac Efron. I gotta do what works for me. I have to imagine that I might one day meet Mr. Efron and if that were to happen I don’t want to be a hot mess. It doesn’t matter that I will never catch a glimpse of him, let alone meet him, I just needed to believe the lie long enough to get moving. Now I am glad that I made myself move. I do feel better, I have energy. I know two days of working out does not make me a health guru or even moderately in shape, but I feel better. And feeling better is one of my goals. I’m gonna call today a win and it’s only noon.
I can’t really call this week 2 anymore so I’ll go with step 2. Today I added exercise to my routine. I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to sit down and look at my phone. I wanted to make coffee and put my slippers on. Why is moving so difficult? I just have to tell myself to start and then keep moving. After I do my PBS I have to tell myself to keep moving. Move onto plies, jumping jacks, just keep moving! I like T-Tapp because I don’t need any special equipment, I don’t even need to wear workout clothes. I have done T-Tapp in a dress. It should be so easy, but I don’t want to move. So, even though I don’t want to, I will. Tomorrow I will tell myself to MOVE. I’m not focusing on results, I will focus on daily goals. I can’t change yesterday, but I can work on today.
I need a pause button on life for a couple of days. When everyone is healthy and happy it is pretty easy to keep up with life. As soon a something goes wrong everything begins to disintegrate. My youngest woke up at 2 am on Sunday with a sore throat, she still isn’t feeling well and my priorities have shifted. Now my oldest isn’t feeling well. So, I’m going to take one more week to focus on my water consumption. If I get sick, more water will help and even if I don’t get sick I can focus on my kids without adding more to my plate. Now we just have to juggle picture days and mountain bike races, doctor appointments and test results. Adding exercise can wait for another week.
Week 1: 90 oz of water a day COMPLETE
Week 2: 90 oz of water a day
Week 3: 20 minutes dedicated movement
Week 4: Balanced meal planning
Week 5: reward with a new class
I think a pot of chicken soup is in order. Time to get out the Instant Pot.
I thought it would difficult to drink enough water with a smaller glass and I was right. I switched from 15 ounces to 12 and I didn’t reach my goal yesterday. Today I’m using a 20 ounce tumbler with a straw. I have a feeling that this will work the best for me. Planning on crushing day 5!
Thursday. This is the day that my resolutions usually fall apart. I’m tired and hungry and just want to quit. That is why I’m taking it slow this time. All I have to focus on is water consumption. I’ve been drinking 90 ounces every day. Today I’m using a smaller glass, so we will see how that works. I’m feeling pretty good and I am looking forward to adding exercise next week. I’m not a person to look forward to exercise, but 20 minutes of T-Tapp instead of looking at my phone will feel good. Already my body is looking more like my body and less like my grandma’s, so that is progress! I am not going to weigh myself regularly. I know that is a big deal for many people, but my body can change a lot without changing weight. I have a couple pieces of clothing that I will be using to gauge my progress. I might take some measurements too, but I’m not too concerned with numbers right now.
Right now, I feel good about what I have accomplished. I’m going to focus on water until Sunday and then my attention will shift to physical activity. By adding exercise I feel confident that my water intake will not decrease. I’ll still keep track of how many glasses I drink, but if I forget I won’t worry about it. I know one week won’t be enough to make a habit stick, but I’m hoping that these goals lead into the next goal.
Water is the foundation of better health. Exercise should lead to more water consumption. Feeling and seeing the results of exercise will inspire me to improve my diet.
I don’t want to change my diet drastically. That is usually what burns me out the quickest. I’m not focusing on losing weight, I want to make healthy, balanced meals that my family will enjoy. They don’t want frozen pizza and chicken nuggets anymore. They would also be unhappy about a green smoothie diet, or a grain-free vegan diet. I need to go through my recipes, find healthy choices my family likes and plan accordingly. I have an entire year of menus, it shouldn’t be too hard. It won’t be hard. I can do this!
I know it isn’t actually September 1st, but I do better starting challenges on Monday. So, this is the first week of my September challenge. Today and rest of the week I will focus on water intake. I’m not certain about how much water I should be drinking. I took my weight divided it in half and that is how many ounces of water I’m trying to drink. I think that is still an accepted way to figure out how much water your body needs. I just Googled “how much water should I drink” and apparently I should now be drinking 2/3 of my body weight. I didn’t need a calculator for half, but I need one for 2/3. OK, so I guess I need to drink one more glass every day. Less than one glass, but I like to make things easy and I already had to do math.
So far today I’ve had 75 ounces of water. If I have one more glass I will exceed my goal. I feel pretty good about today. I was home most of the day and that made drinking easy. I’ll have to remember to pack a water bottle when I’m out of the house.
How can it be September again? I mean, I’m ready for cooler weather and kids back in school, but time is just slipping away from me. I never got my bikini body this summer. Oh, dear I’m laughing so hard I can’t see the screen. OK, this middle aged mom isn’t even dreaming of ever being in a bikini again and I am fine with that. I do want to be healthy and fit into my clothes again. So, here I am, looking at September and a brand new start.
Goal 1: track water intake
Goal 2: 20 minutes of dedicated movement every day
Goal 3: balanced meals at home
Goal 4: take time for me: start golf lessons, take a literature class, start a new craft project
Four goals for four weeks. Each week I will focus on one goal. I can (and should) start exercising the first week, but it won’t be my focus until week 2. I want to set goals that are achievable and not set myself up for failure. Usually I try to do everything at once and end up burned out after three days. I’m really going to try and go slow this month.
To keep track of my goals I’m going to use MyFitnessPal app. There are probably newer and better diet apps, but I have this one on my phone and have used it for years. The only thing it won’t keep track of is goal 4, but that will really be more of a reward for achieving the other three goals.
Of course this month didn’t go exactly as I hoped. I mean, ideally I would be a vegan marathon runner by now, if everything had gone perfectly. But it could have been worse. I haven’t gained weight, I haven’t survived on fast food or alcohol. I did have fast food and alcohol, but that wasn’t all I consumed. I had a variety of green smoothies and have exercised more days than I haven’t. Also, I’m learning to brew kombucha and use an Instant Pot. All growth is not physical. Plus, that leaves me with plenty to work on for my October challenge! I don’t think I’m doing an October challenge.
This might have been a mistake. I have thought about having a daith piercing for around two years now, not seriously, but playing with the idea. When my daughter decided she was ready to have her ears pierced I (stupidly) agreed to have mine done too. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence on the internet that suggests daith piercings help with migraine. I have two friends who claim it helped them with their migraines. So, I made an appointment at the closest tattoo shop and felt mildly nauseous until the time arrived. The shop was nice and clean and the girls working there were really sweet. One of my friends who had the piercing done already told me that “It hurt like heck,” which is strong language for her. She was right. It hurt, a lot. There was a lot of pain and a lot of pressure and then more pain. That night as a lie in bed, with a migraine, and my ear on fire I thought to myself “What have I done?” I had a migraine for the next three days. The instant relief that others had claimed was not so instant with me.
Today is my one week anniversary of my daith piercing. I have had three days migraine free and we will see how this day goes. I’m hoping it turns out like my experience with Lasik. In that it will be fantastic, but I would never do it again. I’m writing this to remind myself, that even if this does end up helping my migraines, it wasn’t quick and it “hurt like heck”!
Maybe I should have called this a green smoothie challenge instead of a get in shape challenge. I’m pretty good at having smoothies for breakfast, but exercising every day has been a bit more difficult. Maybe I should have had a different challenge each week. I’m better at focusing on one week at a time. Well, new idea for my October challenge. So, the green smoothie recipe for today is so yummy. It has one ingredient that you might not usually have in your kitchen: plantain. I started buying plantains a few month ago when I got my new endometriosis cookbook. I try to use them when they are green for savory dishes, but one will get overlooked on the counter and get really ripe. Then, just like bananas, it is time for a smoothie. I love using plantains in smoothies because they have a milder taste than bananas and they add great texture and creaminess.
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened plant based milk
1 ripe plantain
1/4 cup almonds
1 scoop collagen (optional)
2 cups spinach or other greens
1/2 cup mango
Blend it all up and enjoy. Makes 2 servings.
I don’t know that I’ve made much progress this month, but I’m not giving up. This is a new day and a new week. I do not have to be unhealthy. I will choose to do something about my diet and movement.