Two workouts down since the last post, plus a cardio day (badminton with my husband) and things are going better. #1 thing that has helped: my husband working out with me. I still don’t particularly enjoy the act of working out, but having him there just to talk to really makes it more enjoyable. #2 thing that has helped is the not being at the regular gym I go to. I really feel self-conscious in my regular gym, but not so much in this one. Pity I have to go back to the other one at some point,. Oh well, I will just have to get over it like other people have to.
The workout is getting easier, I am already looking forward to the day that the personal trainer changes/advances my program. What I am not looking forward to is running. Running terrifies me, but if I am going to survive the zombie apocalypse, I will just have to learn to do it properly won’t I? In all seriousness though, running has lots of benefits, and I would like to be able to keep up with my husband. He is definitely more fit than I am, and for some reason I feel bad about that. I want to be the kind of partner that can go on adventures without needing “special accommodations”. I just want to live a fit lifestyle, be happy, and be able to see my kids (grand kids, and great-grand kids, ‘cause why not?) grow up healthy. I want to be a good example. I am lucky that I have a very supportive significant other, who is also working on their fitness level. We are looking towards the same goals, and have the same pitfalls as each other. That last bit though can be a struggle.
For anyone else out there looking to live healthier, longer, and happier: the first step is to clean up your eating. Its imperative that this happens first. Take out the processed foods, take out the grease, and the high, empty calorie foods, then just eat cleanly. This can be difficult, goodness knows it can be really hard for me (us) to stay away from it all (mostly ice cream and pizza). Point is to clean it up as much as possible; its OK to have an off day here and there. The problem lies when your off days become equal to or more than your normal days. One good thing to do is to make sure that your off days don’t go over your calorie limit either. Use this (http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/) to calculate a basic BMR, from there you can figure out what you need as a caloric intake for each day.
For me, this all was/is the hardest step. I crave crap food all of the time. I am still learning to have willpower, I am lucky that I have someone helping me gain that power over myself.
Anyways, until next time.