Healthy Check In

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Well, the year didn't start so great for me.  I stuck to my new running plan for the first 2 weeks then started to get bored so I took some time off.  When I started back up I was so out of shape.  Seriously, how can taking a couple of weeks off put me so far behind??  That just made me frustrated and I took more time off and then I had to re evaluation what my fitness goals were going to be.
I finally started to get myself back on track in February, then I got the flu.  That flu kicked my butt and it took a long time to get back to the gym.

In March I came up with a plan.  The plan was...to start.  That's it.  Just to start.  I needed to get back to the basics, make time for me and get in gear.

I took a look at how I was eating, how my time was spent working out and what I really wanted to accomplish.  Now this might sound crazy to some and normal to others but all I really want is to of course feel great and to have a flat stomach.  Is that so much to hope for.  You know like those girls in the magazines.  The ones that put their hands on there hips and pose in a hot bikini.

I am 36 and I realized that I only have so much time to get those real bikini abs.  I love working out but the reality is I don't push myself.  I don't eat as well as I could and I definitely don't take enough time for myself.

So I started.  I woke up an hour before the kids and had coffee, played online by myself and had some much needed quiet time.  Then I made it a goal to get a work out in.  I either did something at home or made my way to the gym and put the kids in the child care.

I realized that after the first month of this I actually like doing some workouts at home.  My Pinterest (which you can follow) is full of fitness ideas, most of which I haven't tried.  I got a couple sets of hand weights, a workout ball, a yoga mat and found videos on Youtube and used my pinned ideas for inspiration.  Next up was an overhaul of my diet.  I started tracking meals, preplanning snacks and being prepared for the week by meal planning.  Most importantly I made a deal to give up fast food and pop.  I love McDonalds. I am aware of how bad it is but, I love it and could eat it everyday and if I am being honest with all of you and myself, I was eating it 2-3 times a week.  Yuck, I know but...yum, french fries!!!
Also water, water, water and more water.  I have been getting 80 ounces + every day.  I also make sure I drink greens everyday.

It has been a month and I am feeling great.  I am not tired, I am sleeping better, and I am less irritated.  The new lifestyle choices have been easier than I thought to stick to and I have a new found love for working out again.
This week I cut bread and dairy from my diet.  I thought it would be harder but so far, and I know it's only Thursday, but it is going good.  I feel less bloated and less heavy.

The weekends seem to be the hardest.  We love to cook and we love to eat and enjoy wine.  I have been limiting my portions but still enjoying life.  Because well, balance and I am making lifestyle changes not dieting.

I will keep you all updated on my progress, feelings and thoughts on this overhaul.  Also check out my fitness Instagram healthy_xtina  I haven't done a lot with this account but I have plans to do more posting.

Six pack abs here I come.  Or at the very least a 2 piece bathing suit that I am comfortable in.

I would love to hear your fitness tips, success stories, failures, or whatever gets you going.


I read this quote and thought it was perfect for this discussion.

You Don't have to be
Great to Start.  
But you DO have to 
Start
to be Great

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