I’ve gotten really out of shape.
Working from home for nearly 4 years, I have gained nearly 70 pounds. I am tired a lot, my joints hurt and my blood pressure is moderately high. I have not taken care of myself. It’s nobody’s fault but mine, and I need to fix it.
I know I’ve said that several times before. I have made big promises and I’ve failed spectacularly. I have written blog posts about this BIG HUGE PLAN I HAVE and then…just not done the big huge plan.
But I’ll be 40 next year. (This is one of the VERY RARE times I will admit how old I am, so savor this and maybe bookmark this page in case you need to figure out my chronological age at any given time in the future.)
And I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
So for the past few weeks, I’ve been making small changes. (And thanks to my Instagram friends, we’ve named this journey “Operation Birthday Badass”.)
The first week, I stopped eating fast food (so much. I did have fast food once, and it tasted like cardboard, so I stopped).
The second week, I added 20 minutes of movement a day (mostly Yoga Revolution with Adriene) and continued with my “no fast food” goal.
Week three, I’ve added a bit of Couch-to-5k training. That has proven to be the most difficult goal to stick to, but I’m trying!
And that’s what I have to remember, that I’m trying. I cannot go from 0 to 60 without a few bumps. That I have to get back on the horse when I fall off. That you cannot jump onto a speeding train. And all the other metaphors, similes and cliches you can think of.
When you want to make lasting changes, I think it’s important to be gentle with yourself. You will make mistakes because you’re working on habits that you might have had for most of your life. You’re sometimes taking away a coping mechanism (like comfort foods) and sometimes with all the meal planning and time blocking, you forget to put something else in place to help you cope with the inevitable life crazies.
But you can do this! You can hit your goals (with maybe a detour or two along the way)! You can get stronger and be less sick and less tired and function better!
(And yes, I may be pep-talking myself here, but apply as you may to your own life as well.)
Most of the progress stuff I’ve been sharing in my Instagram stories, but I’ll share an update or two here as well. I’ve got about 8-1/2 months left until my birthday, and I know I’ll stumble, and possibly even fall down.
But I also know that I’ll get back up and keep going because I’m stubborn like that, and I really want to see my biceps again for my birthday.