I know that this is only the second day of spring, but my mind is thinking about summer as I set goals for the next quarter. The first quarter has been a good start for me. I have been consistent with exercising, been great with the clean eating, and gotten much better on drinking water or green tea. The 6 mo plateau I had been sitting at after an 18# loss (so maddening, but I kept telling myself at least I'm not gaining anything back!) finally gave up and I've been losing 1/2 -1 pound a week. I completed the Sparkcoach program and started another one. April, May, and June...90 days...It seems like such a long time, but then 90 days just past like the blink of an eye. So, what's next??
I decided to hire a personal trainer for two reasons. One, i have an injury that has to be babied to some extent. I injured my SI joint which not only limits my mobility, but there are a number of exercises that I can't do without re-injuring it. I need someone that understands the injury and the limits who can develop a weightlifting plan for me. I'm sure I could figure it out (with a lot of time and research) but feel like it is worth every $$. Then, I can focus on working out and on form and not be worrying the whole time that I'm going to hurt myself. I started following several young women on instagram (that sounds stalkerish!!) who are body builders or competitive fitness models and also run personal training programs. It's been very motivating!! Their encouragement and 'before/after' pics of clients have really strengthened my resolve that I can get into the best shape of my life if I put in the effort. This particular girl I hired works with a man that has a fusion in his L5, which is much worse than what i have to deal with. She also trains her mom, who is a couple years younger than I am :) So, April 1st, I will begin another phase of my journey.
I decided to join the Y. I get a student discount (!) and with all the options-swimming pool, equipment, yoga, zumba, cycling classes- all being included with the membership, it seemed well worth it. I had to decide if I wanted to expand my home gym (i don't) or join somewhere. I really like the social aspect of taking classes. I'm super sick of working out alone in my basement!!!
I am upping my commitment to myself this quarter with my goal being to work out 45-60 min 5 days a week. I'm proud of how far I've come the past 6 mos of Sparkpeople. Last October, I struggled to do 10 min a day. I had to start the 10 min challenge over before i finally accomplished it. Now, I'm consistently getting at least 20 min a day, but usually 30-40 min a day :)
Diet as in lifestyle, not diet as in temporary changes! It's fun to look back at some of the changes we've made that seemed so hard at the time. We love to cook and our food used to involve lots of butter, cream, sugar and other high fat, low nutritional foods. Vegetables were limited to corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, and salad. We've discovered a love for sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, peppers, and so much more. We rarely bought fresh fruit and only ate them in desserts. Now, we have fresh blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries all the time. We love fruit smoothies and fruit with greek yogurt. We discovered that we love boca chicken patties and boca burgers, salmon, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and fish. We stopped eating white rice, white flour, and white sugar almost completely. I learned to cook only what 2 servings would be, instead of the 9x13 casserole size the recipe calls for, unless I planned the leftovers. It's crazy what a transformation our kitchen has undertaken.
My goal this quarter is going to be to eat 6 mini meals a day. My trainer will be helping me with this initially. I also want to learn to make some gluten free desserts and sprouted bread. In the past, I have tended to not eat enough, so as i step up the exercise, I want to be sure I am getting enough nutrition, too. I want to try more vegetarian/vegan options once a week. Tofu has scared me, but i want to give it a chance!!
This is already longer than I had planned on so I will leave it at that. Maybe personal goals can be another blog another day!
What goals are you working on right now??