Welcome to the second quarter fitness update/check-in. If you are new to my blog, or this series, you can check out the backstory, my fitness goals for the year, and the first quarter update. But essentially, this year I am working towards one broad goal – developing a healthy lifestyle.
In the first quarter, while exercise was a challenge, I was making progress in the healthy food department. This quarter though, was a complete fail on both fronts. Mostly because, there was just so much going on (excuses, excuses, I know!) that I totally lost focus.
We bought our first house in US (which is currently under construction) and I landed a new job (after a career break of some years) in a field that I am really interested in (yay!). While both these things are good, positive changes – there was a mountain load of work that went in – from job applications to house-hunting, and then once the house was bought – picking out the major and minor design elements, and so on, and so forth.
This meant that I had very little bandwidth for anything else, due to which, I completely lost my footing on the healthy-food-and-exercise bandwagon. And to be honest, I just did not want to write this update. For one, it’s very difficult to admit to failure on a public platform, and also – there was nothing good to report – at all.
But the thing is – failing is a part of life, and success itself. And this is exactly what used to happen in the past. I used to start strong, then stumble, and then just give up. However, I am done with that.
This time I am determined to not make a speed bump, a dead end. Which is why, I am here.. admitting to a train-wreck of a quarter, evaluating the reason behind the failure, picking myself up, and setting goals for the quarter ahead.
For the first two quarters, I had a ban list, which I must admit, worked well for me, and helped me get started. But that was always the short term plan, just to get moving. I wanted to break out of some addictions like soda, chips, etc, and a ban list helped me in that area.
The long term plan was and is – portion control. This is what I am going to work towards in the next quarter. Small portions, in short intervals. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not, especially for someone like me, whose current food habits are just the opposite – few, large portions every day. So it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s one I feel up to (or so I think).
I will also continue drinking 8 glasses of water/ day. Oh and this reminds me – in the last update when I mentioned drinking 8 glasses of water, many people commented saying that they try to track their water intake, but lose count. So I just want to let you guys know that I don’t count glasses/bottles. I would be miserable doing that. And I surely don’t want one more variable to track in my life. I just fill this Arrow Plastics 2.2 litre bottle I found on Amazon, and ensure that I finish it before the end of the day. Easy-peasy. 🙂
This. I dream of a time when I will do it, enjoy it, and even miss it, when I don’t do it. So far, this dream doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a reality in my near future (or even the distant one). So in the meantime, I set goals. Same ole, same ole. 30 minutes of cardio – 3 days a week.
The cardio-audiobook pairing is working as great as ever. If and when I do go out, it’s mostly because I am excited to continue listening to my book. They have been such a boon, guys – they not only help with my fitness routine (if you can call it that), but have also transformed my reading life – total game changers these things! (but more on that in a bookish post).
That is all from my end, folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Did you have any fitness goals for the year? How are they coming along?