January was a pretty simple month for me. Lots of getting back to the basics and finding my personal balance. Eaton came into my life. While having a new puppy is all kinds of stressful, having her has also forced me to stay on a regular schedule. She wakes me up, well, dark and early at 4:45. That’s something I never thought I’d welcome, but my day has just shifted. At nine, I’m ready to get to bed, and I do. My fitness journey is off to a great start. Things aren’t going perfect, but that’s not what we’re aiming for. Balance is key. My mom said she could see my cheekbones again, and that was pretty much all I could ask for during this first month! I’m feeling good, and I’m still indulging. Hello queso and margarita night.
I know some of you have asked me to share more details about what I’m doing for my fitness journey, so I thought these monthly recaps would be a great way to share about that. Right now, I skype with Ange every Sunday night, and we go over our plan for the week. We set attainable goals, and add them only when I’m ready to take more on. My first two weeks, I had four goals:
ONE: Get eight hours of physical activity a week. I spent my lunches walking around my building in my work clothes and my headphones, which I just had to get over! Hah. One of Ange’s key phrases is “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I’m trying to embrace that, because this is where the big long-term changes come from. I also spent my weekends taking longer walks around the river trails when I could get in some sunlight.
TWO: Three high-intensity interval sessions a week. These are sessions that I can do outside on a trail, or at the gym on any cardio equipment. I go as hard as I can for one minute, and then have two minutes of low intensity, eight times. With a warm up, cool down, and stretch, these are about 45 minutes of work that have really been pushing me .
THREE: Drink 3L of water/coffee/tea a day. At first I spent the majority of my days taking visits to the bathroom! It was crazy, but I never realized how dehydrated I was. I wasn’t even experiencing thirst because I’d deprived my body of the hydration it needed. After a couple days, I started to actually feel thirsty when I’d go an hour or two without a sip. I’ve been going through some medical things lately, and when I went to get my blood taken, I automatically told the nurse that I had bad veins. I’ve always had to get pricked a couple times, and I thought this was just how it was going to be for me. After one successful try, she just told me I was healthy and hydrated! You always hear how important water is, but to actually experience these benefits from doing it right was amazing.
FOUR: Get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Guys, I’m not on a diet! Instead, so many of my calories are being replaced with fruits and veggies just by trying to fit them in to my meals. I’ve been going crazy with green smoothies, and making salads for a meal or two a day. I snack on apples, and make avocado toast for meals. Switching from a deprivation mind-set to this anything-goes mind-set has really been helping me.
After the first two weeks, we started adding in weight training. I am starting to see my arms in a whole new way — baby amounts of definition happening over here! I still have a long way to go, but I’m excited about the progress I’ve been making. At a much slower pace than I normally take this stuff, I’m able to take it in strides and not feel like I’m turning my life upside down all at once.
Thaaat was pretty much my whole January. Simple living, huh? I’m really liking this new pace of life. I feel like I have a little control over how things are going, and when they go weird, I’m equipped to handle that too.
Have any fun clean recipes that pack a bunch of fruits/veggies you want to send my way? I’d love some new things to try! Cheers to taking on February and making all your goals come true!
Sounds like you’ve made a ton of progress! Go you! I have a great recipe for enchilada soup that is all beans, veggies and chicken plus it’s topped with avocado. It’s delicious and keeps you full for a long time (and it freezes well).http://www.eldyspocket.com/2012/10/chicken-enchilada-soup.html Good luck in Feb!
@ Chedva — that’s awesome, go you! Bah, reminding yourself to IS hard! Ange suggested that I carry a large bottle of water that can contain my daily intake, and keep pouring from that. I haven’t tried yet, but that might be something if you’re having a hard time. I just keep heading to the drinking fountain each time I run out in my water bottle, and that seems to do the trick for me!
February 3rd, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Hello! I was wondering if Angie was taking on new clients similar to your experience? I’d love to work with someone in the same way you are skyping with her and setting goals on a weekly basis.
Really inspiring post, hope February treats you just as well!
@ Lauren — Unfortunately not at this time! I know — I mentioned it to her, and she is at her max capacity with clients right now. BUT we’re working on a project together that will be bringing all of her awesome knowledge right to you. I’ll be sure to keep you posted when that is up and running :) I might suggest teaming up with a personal trainer at your local gym if you need to have weekly meetings — I know this is how Ange started out, and it’s something she still does with certain clients in person! Best of luck to you!
Seeing arm definition is the one way I know I’m actually doing something right. Between that, legs, and obliques (b/c realistically, I’ll cry the day I’ll actually see my abs), I know when I’m doing the best. Congrats on doing what it takes to get things done! I’m sure you’re looking and feeling fantastic.