And now for anyone who cares to read the long version…
It’s been two months now of healthier eating habits, tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal, aiming for 10K steps a day with FitBit and working out almost every day. I got 25 solid workouts in during the month of February, beating my January record. I plan to do even more workouts in March.
I started the Couch to 5K running program last month but injured my calf so I had to stop running. Instead, I switched over to the P90X3 program and so far I’m three weeks in and LOVE it. I even did P90X3 cardio in my hotel room on a recent business trip. I only lost 2.2 lbs in February (down almost 7 lbs total) but I’m okay with that. I knew the weight loss would be slow. It will add up over time.
I feel FANTASTIC. Two months in, I’m already so much stronger physically and mentally. Tony Horton and the P90X3 workouts are awesome. I get legitimately excited about a salad and Lean Cuisine for lunch. I love the way I feel, clothes are getting looser and I’m starting to notice a bit of a difference in how I look.
I don’t want to be the skinny girl. I have no interest in that. I want to be the capital F Fit girl who is always thinking about her next workout or how to get more steps in. I want to be strong and healthy and able to run and jump and climb and play with Zoe.
The hardest part of this program was definitely psyching myself up for it and getting started. I was afraid I’d feel deprived and miss yummy things too much. But I do still have yummy things in moderation. I just don’t let it derail me. I get right back to healthier habits. I don’t have “cheat meals” or “cheat days” because I have no interest in cheating on myself… but I do allow myself indulgences occasionally because for me, that’s the only way this is sustainable long term. I just make sure they are small indulgences and that I eat healthier/smaller portions more often than not. Would I lose the weight faster if I cut out the indulgences altogether? Probably. But I’m in this for the long haul so I like to keep the beast within happy, even if that means slower progress.
Thanks for reading. Sharing these monthly updates is another way of keeping myself accountable. I’d love to hear about your health and fitness journeys, too.