I can’t believe it, but I’m already 10 weeks way into my new healthy lifestyle. I’m truly astonished and pleased that I’ve made it this far. No matter how healthy (or unhealthy) I am right now, it’s quite an accomplishment to stick it out this long considering that my prior attempts lasted maybe 2 months. Here’s hoping I’ve really developed long-lasting habits.
This past Tuesday, I joined a gym. I went to the gym 4 times last week and used the treadmill and the weight machines. (I also did yoga and other things at home.) I definitely felt it as my muscles have been a bit tight or sore. Nothing serious, but I wonder if it means I should work out more or less? In any event, I really killed it on the treadmill and ran a mile in 11:47 on Friday! Then I ran another mile! It was a big day for me. Not only did I run two miles, but I did it in 24:40. Two months ago, I never, ever, ever thought I’d be able to run two miles, much less at a pace of about 12 minutes per mile. I followed it up on Saturday by running a mile in 12:21, then I did a cool down for a quarter of a mile and called it a week on the treadmill. (Yeah, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not the type to set big fitness goals for myself everyday. I’m more the type to keep going slow and steady, and then be really surprised when it actually works one day.)
I’m surprised that I’ve been able to maintain the home cooking aspect of my healthy diet. Last year when I tried a healthy lifestyle, I got frustrated at meal planning and preparation, and ultimately I gave up and went back to pre-packaged junk food. I think that’s because, last year, I was focused on counting calories, so it was very easy to quickly throw up my hands at the thought of planning meals every day with a certain amount of calories. It was overwhelming. Now, I’m focused on eating real, whole foods, and it’s been more of a pleasure exploring new foods and new ways to cook them. I’m also surprised by how easy it is to prepare a lot of meals with whole ingredients. (I’m talkin’ to you, soup.)
For this upcoming week, I’d like to tweak my workout at the gym. I’m kinda afraid of the elliptical machine, so I’d like to tackle that and see if I can handle it for a few minutes. I’m also kinda afraid of the bikes, just because I’m worried it’ll really mess up my knees, but I’d like to try a bike for at least a couple of minutes. Finally, I think I need to spend a couple of days doing some restorative yoga. I feel like I’ve haven’t really devoted much time to truly practicing yoga lately, and the little bit of yoga I’ve done lately has felt rushed. I need restorative yoga to balance everything out.
What are your health and fitness goals for this week?