It started by making my bed
Monday, February 11, 2019
Every year I tell myself that I am going to be healthier and bathing suit ready by Memorial Day. Every year it’s not the case. Including the years when I was heavy into roller derby and in the best shape since high school. My mirror always told me there was a little bulge or pouch or cellulite that needed to be gone. It told me my hair wasn’t long enough or I was getting too many wrinkles.
No matter how many people told me I looked amazing and how they envied me I still didn’t see my own success. All I saw was my imperfections. Or what I believed to be my imperfections.
So after moving across the country this year and deciding I needed a new approach to my old problem, I took stock of myself and what I wanted my next 10 years to look like. I wanted more time to enjoy the outdoors, to belong to a group and to be healthier.
So looking at my life with these goals in mind I tried to find the obstacles that prevented me from reaching these goals in the past. The biggest thing I found was that I never seemed to have enough time in the day. No matter how fast I moved, I could never accomplish everything. So it became a choice; get dinner on the table or workout, lose an hour of sleep or workout, get something to eat at lunchtime or workout. As you can probably see it was my workouts that always found themselves on the losing end. Which is what really ended me here at Christmas time, 190lbs and legs that hadn’t been shaved since Labor Day.
I had developed quite a few bad habits over the years. Small things that don’t seem like much but I have come to realize have a huge impact on my quality of life. These are the things that were going to be changed first. And what do you know? One thing just snowballed into another. Here we are in February and I am 178lbs. And not because of some new year’s resolution or goal to fit into a bikini.
It all started with making my bed.
I was so feed up with my inability to fix myself that I decided to start with something I could actually succeed at. Hoping that this would boost my confidence enough to let me tackle the bigger changes that I wanted to make. And it did! Below is a list of where I have been, where I am at and where I want to be. I am finding that getting my head and heart going in the right direction is helping to get my body there too.
And with the small changes I have made I am finding that I have more time on my hands to accomplish my other goals.
Vacuuming/Sweeping the floor each week makes me pick up all the clothes, so I end up doing laundry. As the laundry gets done, I make the outfits. Since I don't have to spend time in the morning pick out clothes, I am able to fit in just a few minutes of crunches and squats.
Planning out my weekly dinners enables me to get home and get dinner on the table earlier. Which leaves me time for my evening walk.
Making all my lunches on a Sunday evening lets me eat healhier all week.
Hopefully ya’ll will find some inspiration in my story and maybe a plan to help with ya’lls journey. Good Luck and as always #huntthegoodstuff
Love ~ Jenn
Habits take an average of 66 days
Make the bed – Successfully made a habit – Goal reached!
Vacuumed/swept house each week – Successfully made a habit – Goal reached!
Weekly dinner menu – Successfully made a habit – Goal reached!
Put together work outfits for week – Successfully made a habit – Goal reached!
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day – Week #5
30 minute walk after dinner each evening or 6000 - steps per day – Week #3
Give dog a bath every Sunday – Still a work in progress – currently every other week or if he smells too bad
Crunches and Squats every morning and night – Started today
Run 2 miles 3x’s a week – Not started yet.