Healthy living isn’t easy. There, I said it! Don’t get me wrong, I do know that it is very, very important, but the thing is – it’s also extremely difficult, at-least for someone like me. You may wonder what my difficulty is, so let me enlighten you, by giving you a little background first.
Fitness & Me – The Backstory
To begin with, most of my life, I have been on the skinny side; only after I had my son did I begin to gain some extra pounds. And to be honest, the first couple of years post-baby, I couldn’t care less about those extra pounds. I mean, who had the time? I was in a constant loop of feeding-the-baby, cleaning-the-baby, and *trying* to put the baby to bed.
Even after those crazy years passed, and my sanity returned (for the most part), I was never inclined to do the whole fitness thing. There were several reasons for this, but most importantly –
1. I have always had, and still do have, a very healthy BMI – This is my favorite excuse for not exercising. I know it’s lame, but on a particularly lazy day, it sounds extremely logical (especially in my head). Really!
2. I LOVE food. The mere suggestion of food control makes me lose hope in the goodness in this world! OKAY, I know that is overly dramatic, but you get the idea. 🙂
So, what has changed now?
The above 2 things still hold true. I am still in love with food (very much so), and still do try and talk myself out of going to the gym on a regular basis, and the BMI thing, is still my best argument.
However, the one thing that is different is that I am now increasingly aware of how my overall health has changed over the years. It is not just about weight gain/loss; I have noticed that I get tired more easily, and have lesser stamina than I used to. And this has really started to bother me; if this is how things are at 30, I shudder to think what happens at 50 or 70.
This is why, getting and staying healthy, is now a priority. This doesn’t necessarily have to do with weight loss, but I guess that will be a welcome by-product.
Plan of Action
Before I tell you my course of action, I have to mention the third thing that kept me away from getting on the fitness bandwagon – information overload. There is a lot of information out there, and I had no idea where to even begin. It was overwhelming and intimidating!
I often found myself traveling down a rabbit hole of endless information, which totally fried my brain, and killed my motivation (what little of it was present).
But at the end of the day, I really do want to live a healthy lifestyle, so here is what I plan to do –
All of the information that I read, packaged in several different ways, boiled down to 2 things
1. Move More (There are several ways to define this.)
2. Eat Right /Less ( Sigh. Such is life. 😛 )
I have already begun working on Move More with the C25K Program. Since many of you have asked me about it, I will have a full review of it up soon. Eat Right is still a work-in-progress (Are you surprised? 😛 ). But, I am determined to conquer it. 🙂
I will be sharing my journey here – the struggles and the victories – which I hope will help some of you who want to embark on a similar journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
I would love to hear from you guys. What do you guys do to stay healthy/fit? Would you like to tag along for an exercise program? Any suggestions for a fitness amateur like me?
P.S. I thrive on order and structure, and love the ability to measure progress, so I will most likely be picking up structured programs which have a definite and set time-frame. I will also be alternating between posts regarding food and exercise.
P.P.S. Before I start any new program, I will have a post up about it, a week in advance, so that way, if any of you would want to tag along, we could do it together, and cheer each other on. What say? 😀