Last week I shared why I’m focusing on my health and getting in shape. This week I’m going to share how I’m going about this.
I get overwhelmed easily. Truly, if I could magically curl up into myself when I get overwhelmed I’d be in a ball 20/6. Every time I’ve previously gotten into a health kick I’ve quickly been dissuaded by just how. much. I need to change and improve. My eating habits? Horrible. My workout routine? Merely a fantasy in my “healthiest Chelsea possible!” dreams. My fruit and veggie consumption? I… don’t want to talk about it.
Basically everything related to my health needs an overhaul.
Now, if it wasn’t clear from above in the past I’d look at all the improvements I need to make and try to do them all at once. Which multiple websites, bloggers, experts and humans in general will tell you is a bad idea. Because it is. Four days in: cue the overwhelm, curling into a ball in five..four..three..two..one…
This time around I’m focusing on one aspect of my health per month and building on what I’ve already established. And to further break it down I’m going to focus in on season-by-season goals to make sure I’m not piling on too much at once. So this winter I’m focusing on creating a solid groundwork for the rest of the year, including establishing a workout routine, cutting out sugar and making my own meals.
I’m focusing on creating a workout routine and getting myself back in the habit of going to the gym regularly. I just looked up free group exercise classes at my local Y branches and have a few written down to try out! The classes I’m most interested in focus on strength training since I’m fairly good at getting myself to do cardio, especially swimming, but struggle to come up with a good lifting routine. And yes, I am definitely inspired by Carly’s fitness journey for this goal.
I’m going to keep on working out and building my strength while also cutting out added sugar from what I eat. Please note I am specifying added sugar, because you can pry fruits from my cold dead hands. And I know all the stuff about “balance” and “eating 80/20” and yadda yadda. That doesn’t work for me at this point in my life. Maybe it will eventually? But right now, not a chance. I need to completely get added sugar out of my system and reassess my eating habits while doing so.
Again, I’m going to build on the previous months. I want to take a new workout class every week to switch things up, and I want to focus on cooking at home for every meal. I’m sure by this point in working out I’ll want to be trying new things, and even if I don’t I’m going to make myself do it. Switching things up is a good thing and trying new classes will help me figure out how I like to move my body.
I also want to focus on cooking at home for every meal because I want to gain the skills to create meals. I have a few solid options that I can make easy peasy, but aside from that? Struggle city. I also have a few cookbooks burning a hole on my bookshelf, so I’m excited to whip them out and give them a whirl. Cooking all my meals will also help me control what I’m eating and help me figure out what foods make me feel the best.
SO! That’s my plan for winter!