Hey guys, as promised in the post where I set my fitness goals for 2016, I am back for the first quarter update/check-in. If you are new to my blog – you can check out the backstory here and my fitness goals here.
But essentially, this year I have had one broad goal in mind – to work towards developing a healthier lifestyle. Since this is a change of lifestyle that I seek – I realize it is going to be a slower process, which is fine with me. I would rather take baby steps towards achievable goals, than set lofty, unrealistic expectations, which I don’t meet anyway.
Now coming to the update – there are 2 areas where I had set goals; food (because l really need some discipline here) and exercise (outside of running behind my toddler).
Here I had a ban list, which included – Chips, Soda, Pizza. I have been more successful in this area than I had expected. I did not eat even a single potato chip (but..there is a but here that we will come to later) in the last 3 months, and while I have had Pizza and Soda once during a party, that is it.
Just one time in 3 months is pretty good (for me), especially considering my earlier addiction to this junk. But you know what is even better? When I did have these things at the party, I found myself neutral to the taste of Pizza, and I really disliked the Soda; it did nothing for me (gosh, I’d never thought I’d say this!). Which is why I think I have successfully weaned myself from aerated drinks (optimism, yes) and that is the real victory here.
Now, to address the ‘but’ in the chips department. Yes, I did not eat them at all, BUT I have eaten lots of other fried junk (hello loopholes!) – and this kind of defeats the purpose, even though I have held up this particular ban.
I will remove the ban from Pizza, mostly because I don’t find myself wanting to eat it at all. But I will still keep it on Soda (just in case) and extend the ban on Chips to include ALL kinds of packaged fried snacks (okay, just writing this makes me very very nervous, but I must, I must!).
I intend to replace fried snacks for fruits (I always have the best intentions!), and track 8 glasses of water/day.
Here my goal was to do 30 mins of Cardio – 4 days a week. This was an epic fail. I started off well; kept up the 30 minutes per day, 4 days a week thing for the first 2 weeks. And then we had a massive snowstorm. That broke my momentum, and I kind of just gave up after that. I know that it is a silly excuse, but the thing is, I have mastered silly excuses for putting off exercise over the years, and like they say, old habits die hard.
Nonetheless, when the weather started warming up, I was filled with renewed enthusiasm for staying fit. But I was fully aware that I had to have a plan to keep this going, else history is just going to repeat itself.
I used to listen to music while walking/running, and it used to help, but not much. This time I tried something different – audiobooks! I plugged in, and decided to tackle this cardio monster, while listening to Ms. Tina Fey reading Bossypants! And boy what a success this was! I was eager to listen more, and I only allowed myself to listen to the audiobook while I walked/ran, which meant that the only way that I could complete the book was if I kept up with the exercise. Win-win! 😀
Since the audio-book-cardio combination has been working for me – that is what I plan to continue doing; just changing it to 45 minutes per day for 3 days a week. Mostly because, as of now, 3 days is more realistic than 4, and 30 minutes is a little too short a time (for me) to complete a decent chunk of the audio-book.
The only (minor) issue here is that I almost always sport a silly grin as I walk/run, because Ms. Fey is just too awesome, and I am sure many of my neighbors think I am more-than-a-little loony, but whatever. It’s not like I am going to live here forever. In-fact I am planning to move soon. So feel free to judge me, you people!
That is all from my end, folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Do you have any fitness goals for 2016? How are you doing with them? Do share.