I didn’t set myself any fitness goals at the start of the year. Last year I did so much to improve myself that I thought I wouldn’t need any. How wrong was I? It’s now 8 months into 2017 and I’m the biggest I’ve ever been, both in size and weight. Honestly, I’m not happy about it. The reason for my weight gain is down to my own neglect. And yes I have neglected myself.
Last year saw me running more than I had any other year. I felt good about myself and was feeling so much fitter. But my summer holiday came and went and I slowly slowed down. By the time we hit October I’d pretty much stopped. I told myself I’d start up again when the weather was better. And I did, for a little while at least. But I’ve slacked and told myself that my diet wasn’t at a stage where it would impact my weight. I was wrong, so very very wrong.
This isn’t a post to tell you to be bad about what you’re eating, eat what you want if it’s what you want to do!Or to tell you that you need to exercise more! But personally, I feel bad. I have binged and gorged on so much refined sugar I’m surprised I haven’t given myself diabetes. I’ve put on around 1 stone and half since the new year. Not exactly something to be proud of, and realising my clothes don’t fit may have been the kick I need!
This is why, in August, I’ve decided to make myself some fitness goals. They won’t seem ridiculously life changing, but I’m hoping they will be a start so that I can start to see the positive improvements that I want in my life. Also, I’m hoping to actually, keep a log and give a monthly feedback on this as well!
My main thing is to change my diet. I’ve indulged in far too many doughnuts in the past 8 months and I need to change this. As much as Todd may protest, I am no longer buying snacks on a weekly/few times a week basis. I’m not saying not at all, because restricting completely causes issues as well. But I’m hoping to cut down enough that it helps.
To help with the diet side of things, I’m going to aim to drink one mug of green tea a day. An easy to achieve goal I’m hoping, and one a day should definitely help kickstart my metabolism. I also want to try and drink more water on a weekend. It’s easy to manage 2 litres during the week but I don’t drink a lot at the weekend so I need to change this up a little as well. I might start adding lemons to my water to spice things up!
To help with my fitness, I want to try and get as close to 10,000 steps a day as possible. At the moment I average at around 3,000 to 4,000, only getting closer if I walk home from work. The best way I can think to do this is to start up my running again. I want to go at least twice a week. That should be enough times to start me up again. Plus I’m trying to convince Todd to go walking each week again as well! It will be only my more sedentary days I’ll need to find a way to get past 5,000 at least.
I really want to start swimming again. I used to be really good at it, but I have definitely lost all upper body strength and when I was in Portugal I struggled to do a few lengths. Before I start swimming again I am going to up my upper body strength from some at home style pilates. The odd push up, some planks and other things where I will rely on my arms for support. I need to boost this before I embarrass myself in a public swimming pool.
I don’t think my fitness goals will be that difficult to achieve. And I am wanting them to be an ongoing thing so that it’s a change in my overall lifestyle as well. Also, if I forget to do a monthly update someone give me a kick so I can shame myself in front of you all.
If you’ve had fitness goals this year let me know what they were! Also, let me know how you’ve managed to stick to them, I am open to help!
Hasta la fuego