This week has been a little hectic. After coming back from visiting my parents, I was extremely exhausted and definitely not on top of my game. I skipped my post on Wednesday. So, this post is going to be a catch-up post.
Going home this past weekend was so much fun! We were celebrating my oldest sister’s birthday and a ton of our family came to eat with us. Alice was able to meet new family members and see some of the ones she had only met once. She also got to see some of my friends. Going home and visiting so many people means going to lunch/dinner with friends and family. I promised myself before I left that I was going to find healthy options and definitely work out while I was home. I did neither of those things.
I was a little disappointed in myself (for my health/fitness reasons AND for my budgeting reasons) but I decided not to let that get me down. I think a lot of times, people who are just beginning their fitness journey make mistakes like this and let it cause them to quit. You make a couple of bad eating decisions and think, “I’ll never be able to make healthier choices. I like fast food too much. I’m not committed to this. I’ll start again next month.” I almost felt like saying those things too. That’s not going to benefit me in any way though. Specifically because of the way I felt after this weekend, I knew I had to keep striving in this fitness journey.
I felt exhausted and disgusting. After eating fast food all weekend and not working out for those several days, I came home feeling beat. I was tired, bloated, grumpy, and honestly a little sick. I didn’t think much of it until a day or two after I came back, after working out and eating better/drinking water, I felt incredible. I had so much energy again and felt like I could stay on top of my chores. I was in a better mood. It was great, and then it hit me: that nasty feeling at the beginning of the week had all to do with the way I was eating and my lack of exercise.
So, what does that mean for me now? I have GOT to make it my priority to plan ahead for the next time I go home. Meaning, if I have plans to go to lunch or dinner with someone, I should already have a plan of where we’ll go and what healthy options there are for me. It’s so important for me to at least get outside and go for a run around my parents’ land or do some body weight exercises while I’m there. Lastly, I have got to make it a priority to drink water while I’m home instead of mama’s sweet tea or soda.
I had an epiphany. If you read my last post about week 3, then you know I haven’t been getting the results I wanted and I have been pretty discouraged. I’ve been comparing this journey to my journey before. One day, I finally realized that these are two different journeys. Before, I had already lost weight from eating healthier. I started working out to tone up, so I was seeing results quickly because I had no fat to lose. This time is a completely different issue. I still have 30 pounds to lose to be at my goal weight (20 to be at pre-Alice weight). I can’t expect the same results when I have a different body and different goals going into this. So, my husband and I switched up my routine a little bit. Instead of going in and focusing on the weights as much, I’m focusing on a lot of cardio and getting my heart rate up. I’m still doing a few things with weights, but not nearly as much.
My goal is to get into the gym and sweat, sweat, sweat! I’ve been doing that all week and it has honestly made me feel so much more progress than before. I haven’t weighed myself since last week, I’m nervous too. I don’t want to get discouraged. But, the feelings I am having speak for themselves. I feel so great. I am able to do more and more cardio without fatiguing. I’m still trusting this process and my body, I refuse to give up this time. My body is so incredible for what it has been through, I just want to take care of it.
Do you have any tips/tricks for still maintaining a healthy lifestyle when going out of town on the weekends?