Hello friends, it’s been over a month since I shared my first wellness post with you here on EC, and I simply wanted to give you an update on how things are going with this getting healthier and stronger journey of mine. I will share my struggles, the things I’ve accomplished, and also some tips I’ve learned that I believe can help you stay motivated to eat better and exercise more.
I’m a firm believer that making small, steady steps towards a healthier life style can help you get to where you need to be. If you change everything in your life all of a sudden, it’s going to make it more difficult for you to continue down that path. Baby steps are the key; completely changing your lifestyle is a process that takes time. At least, that’s the way I see it and how it works form me. So, let’s start!
The Ups :
As I shared in that first post, I started drinking a lot more water than I used to: from 3 to 4 glasses of water a day to approximately 8 glasses. It’s crazy to think about how dehydrated I was and the wonders drinking more water can do to your skin and health. I now feel a lot more energetic and my skin looks so much better.
My second accomplishment is that I started to work out a lot more. I joined Orange Theory and also got a local gym membership to switch back and forth. I’m in love with Orange Theory because, for the first time in my life, I enjoy and don’t get board when I work out. Don’t get me wrong: I still hate working out; being sweaty and out of breath is not really my thing – or at least not yet – but I really hope this changes one day. So, going back to the topic: Orange Theory rocks. The time you’re there goes by so fast, the fitness instructors motivate you, and the music gets you going. The first class is free, so give them a try; I promise you won’t regret it.
I lost 8 pounds- yay!! I don’t know if it was water weight from me being a camel and never dinking water, or fat, but when I started this journey the scale said 151 pounds and, as of yesterday morning, it said 143. So, whatever it is, I’m grateful for it. I’m 5’7’’ tall and what I consider my ideal weight to be is 125 to 135 pounds – although getting to my ideal weight is one of my goals, it doesn’t happen to be the most important one. At the end of the day, it’s just a number, so as long as we feel great and healthy, the number becomes secondary. Plus, muscle, weighs more than fat and I want to gain some muscle.
Food, oh food, you have no idea how much I love you!! So, yes, I have been burning a lot more calories working out, but I’ve also being getting a lot hungrier. Controlling my appetite was definitely a struggle at the beginning of this journey. I actually gained a couple more pounds in the first three weeks because of this, and the fact that my husband surprised me with a huge basket of Easter candy – which I happened to eat 70% of – didn’t help much. The weight came off after those first 3 weeks, thank goodness.
Life happened!! I got really sick with a cold for two weeks and I haven’t been to the gym for these last two-and-a-half weeks . I call it the Cold Americano. My husband and son had it for three days but, for me, it lasted forever. I guess my Cuban immune system didn’t agree with it. Sometimes, we simply need to listen to our bodies and know when it’s time to rest. Anyway, now I’m feeling a lot better and I’m ready to jump onto my Orange Theory train once again.
The first thing I suggest for everyone who wants to start working out and eating better is to sit down and write down your goals. Whatever these goals might be, it’s best when you write them down and visualize them. You can also go back and review them every day or every week to see if you’re on track.
Find something or someone who keeps you accountable and pushes you to accomplish those goals. I have a friend at work who recently started her weight loss journey and created an Instagram page to keep herself accountable, track her success, and share it with others who want to accomplish similar goals. By the way, she is such a great cook and she will be sharing some healthy and delicious recipes on her page. Here’s her IG handle if you want to give her a follow (whole_healthy_momma).
Joining a class or getting a trainer is one of the best ways to keep yourself accountable. Joining Orange Theory really helped me with that because, first of all, I had to schedule the classes ahead of time, making them part of my busy schedule. Also, having a fitness instructor there to guide me made the process so much easier. Before, I would go to the gym whenever I felt like it, which happened to be never; and whenever I did go, I would run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, use the weights, and call it quits. A class gives you guidance and structure when you’re starting. I know: not everyone can hire a trainer or join a class, but nowadays there are so many other ways to help you with guidance; for example: apps, online fitness instructors, or even free YouTube videos.
Record everything from the beginning. Take a photo when you start your journey and compare it with a new one every month. This will show you how far you’re getting and motivate you to keep going.
I hope this was helpful and love you all!