Like many women my age, weight is an issue for me. A big issue (pun intended). Two kids have not been kind to my body, and genetics are hardly on my side, either. Eating is my therapy, too, so I’ve got a lot to work against in my fitness quest. I did a weight loss challenge at the beginning of the year, and while I did very well, I also fell hard off the bandwagon when it was over, and went back to my terrible habits of sloth. What can I do about it? I’m not sure. Motivation is a real issue for me in many aspects of my life, but especially when it comes to health and fitness. I’m not getting any younger, and the pounds aren’t magically melting away, so something’s got to change in my head. I’m not sure what to do about it, but I have to do something. Something is better than nothing, right?
Someone suggested doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred every day in the month of September, and that was sort of an “a-ha!” moment for me. I tried the Shred, and while I like it, I can’t do it every day. I just can’t. Nothing kills my fleeting and minimal motivation faster than lack of variety, but doing something every day for a month? That I can get behind. So, that’s my goal for September: do something physical every day. It could be a workout video, going for a run or a walk, doing some weight or resistance training, playing floor hockey… something. Anything. But I will not do nothing. And I figure what better way to stay motivated than to check in every Friday and share my triumphs and failures. I have decided not to make this a scale-related thing, too. I am easily deflated by the normal ups and downs of early weight loss, and I need to focus on fitness & healthy habits, not numbers. I’ve taken before/after measurements and weight (and a photo!), but I won’t repeat for comparison until Day 30.
Since it’s Friday, here’s this week’s check-in:
– Day 1 (Thursday): Floor hockey. Ran hard, played well – probably one of my best games this season!
– Day 2 (Friday): Jillian Michaels’ Shred It With Weights DVD with 10lb kettlebell – good workout but got really tired near the end, that last circuit is HARD! Also did a 2.75km run/walk, my first run in years. I am really hoping to keep on the running through the fall and winter, I loved running before I had kids and was quite proud of my time and distance. I would love to get back into it again!
Apparently it takes 21 days to create a new habit – well, let’s hope I can have some new healthy habits in 30! 2 days down, 28 to go.