Spoon-full of Fitness: Day One

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I have a tendency of pushing myself a little too hard whenever I try to start getting back into an exercise routine. I could say it’s only because I overestimate what my body is ready to do, but if I’m honest it’s because I fear being judged. I want to be able to justify how much pain I’m in from how little I’ve done compared to how other people don’t seem to skip a beat and they’ve done twice as much. I have a manager in my department who runs three miles at 6am every morning before she does anything else for the day and just the idea of that kind of lifestyle blows my mind. I have to remind myself constantly that there’s nothing wrong with taking things slow and letting my body adjust. I have to keep my anger inside when the more ignorant types try to tell me I’m not pushing hard enough and that I’m not doing what I need to do to get to my goals. They will never know what it takes just to do every day tasks in this body so there’s no point in wasting my time trying to explain.

My ultimate goal is to lose about 20 pounds by the end of this year, that’s just over 3 pounds a month. I have figured out a budget for groceries so that I can start preparing healthier meals instead of eating out. I’m cutting out soda which might be the hardest habit for me to kick…it’s the only excess of sugar in my life and I love carbonated drinks (except La Croix, never La Croix). I started my exercise routines today and I can already tell I’m going to be very sore tomorrow, but hopefully the good kind of sore.

I’m starting with a few Blogilates 30 day challenges. There are four that I found on Pinterest last year: arms, abs, butt, and thighs. I got about half way through the 30 days last time I attempted this, but I’m really going to try to get to the end this month. The reason I like these challenges is because they don’t involve any equipment, and they start out pretty low key then slowly build up over time. I’ve also downloaded the SweatCoin app to help encourage me to meet my step goal of 10,000 every day. I’m not paying for any of its subscriptions (yet) but getting paid to walk around outside is a pretty nice incentive and since I mostly sit at a desk all day, I need to be walking more anyway. I’m also going to try do some yoga about three times a week. It really helps with my neck, back and shoulders. All of this might sound like a lot and I know I will have days where I just won’t be able to do all of it. But I’m going to try my hardest.

Here are the current measurements:

Height: 5’10
Weight: 175 lbs/79.4 kgs
Arms: 12″/ea
Waist: 31″
Glutes/hips: 42.5″
Thighs: 22″/ea
Calves: 15″/ea

Day one: done. Let’s do this.

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