This last year kicked my ass. There, I said it. 2016 kicked my ass. So much stress. A lot of the stress was good stress, like moving into our home and getting a new job but it was still stress. And it still kicked my ass. Writing (clearly) fell by the wayside. Nutrition fell by the wayside. (I am an acknowledged stress eater.) So here I am, in January 2017, looking at my stats from the 10 Week Transformation Challenge back in 2013.
Yep, it’s been 4 years since I got really fed up with where I was and made some changes. I was sick of people asking if I was pregnant (nope). I was sick of my clothes not fitting. I was sick of not liking how I looked in pictures. I was 10 lbs lighter then than I am now.
I was 10 lbs lighter then than I am now. Letting that sink in. Saying that publicly. I weigh 10 pounds more than I did at the start of that program. Granted, about half of that is lean mass. So I’m carrying about 5 lbs more fat than I was at a point that I considered to be unacceptable. I’m not OK with that. My motivation for change was wanting to be a healthy role model for Girlie. This past year I’ve been modeling unhealthy behaviors and I see her following some of them. I’m really not OK with that. Nope. Not OK.
My solution? Simple. Going back to what I know works for me. Logging in myfitnesspal. Cardio 3x week (I’m training for an 8k), lifting 3-4x week (I’m doing the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training level 2). I’ve got Girlie and Handsome Husband on my side. He’s training for the race with me. She’s expressed a lot of interest in lifting so she’s going to join me at the gym a few times a week.
I know I do best with routines. So I’m also getting back into the routine of meal prep. And I’m getting back into the routine of blogging. Writing all those Fitness Friday posts and sharing our meal plans really helped me. So I’m getting back into it. I read a really honest, motivating post by Kristin yesterday and it got me writing.
Now, these aren’t New Year’s Resolutions. The timing is right but really, there were a lot of factors involved in getting a fresh start. My actual New Year’s Resolution? Brush my teeth at bedtime. Every night. (I’m really bad about skipping it.)
Are you a routine person? How was your 2016? Any resolutions or intentions?