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
to be Great