While I’ve been mostly staying at home, only going out to the grocery once a week, I’ve been feeling more and more lethargic as the days go on. The weeks after I lost my job I basically played video games, drew, ate junk food, and slept a lot. There wasn’t much to do, so I took time to relax, working on a few commissions here and there.
I could tell my body wasn’t really feeling very good. Some days I would use Doordash and eat way too much Wendy’s and get candy from GoPuff. I was sugared out, and I wasn’t moving around as much as I was like when I was working.
As April went by, I decided since I wasn’t really going anywhere, I should probably try and do something I haven’t done in a while. So I made a few changes to my diet, and started following a workout calendar! I was tired of feeling lethargic and overeating junk food, and I knew that I had gained weight. When I weighed in, it was a little… shocking! I was the heaviest I’ve ever been at 180 pounds. When I saw the number, it motivated me even more to try and get in shape and work towards a healthier lifestyle.
Here’s what I’ve been doing to start my little fitness journey:
1: Following Blogilates workouts
Blogilates is a series of fitness videos on YouTube run by Cassey Ho, a Pilates instructor I’ve been following since 2013! She’s an amazing instructor who is very motivating and cheerful, even behind a screen! I am following her beginner’s workout calendar to ease back into her workouts and get stronger. She has lots of different workout plans on her website, blogilates.com, and after I finish this one, I will move on to her PIIT28 workout, which is more intense! There’s actually a discount on her site for the PIIT28 workout if you all want to get on it while it lasts. Be sure to check it out if you want.
Even though it’s the beginning calendar, it’s still pretty tough! I’m in a constant state of soreness as my muscles are waking up and getting used to working out again. But I know that I am getting stronger, and I’ll be able to push myself more and do more advanced moves in the future.
2. Changing my Diet, but also Listening to my Body
One thing that lots of people struggle with when losing weight is changing their diets. While I’m not “going on a diet”, I am changing my eating habits and watching what I eat instead. Because once I get to my goal weight and size the “diet” is not over. I want to be able to incorporate these new eating habits for the long run. So things I’ve cut out completely for now is soda, candy, excess breads, and excess sugars. I have added in more vegetables and protein to my diet. Some things I’ve been eating are bell peppers and hummus, salads, smoothies, and steamed vegetables. One thing I’ve changed that’s been a little more difficult, but fun, is listening to my body, and recognizing when I’m full. I would tend to overeat a lot, and be way too full and bloated the next day. But now when I eat, I make sure to portion out my food so I don’t eat too much, and stop eating when I feel full.
That being said, I also listen to my body when I have cravings. When I want Nutella and toast, I’ll have it. When I crave Raising Cane’s, I’ll have it. When I have dinner and I still feel hungry, I’ll eat more. I don’t restrict myself too much. If I do indulge a little more, I can just balance it out by working out a little more or eating better the next day. That’s why I don’t like “diets”. I like to give my body what it needs.
3. Monitoring my weight and setting loose goals
I bought a couple things for my fitness journey: first a scale so I could actually weigh myself. Every morning after I workout and shower, I’ve been weighing myself. Now some people might not like weighing themselves everyday, but I’m doing it mostly out of curiosity and making sure I’m on track. It’s only been a week and a half, but I’ve lost 5 pounds! I am also measuring myself periodically to track that as well. Some people like writing down their weight and measurements as well as what they’re eating, but I haven’t been doing that. I feel like if I start doing that, I’ll get too obsessive with it. I may start doing it if I plateau though. But I do have a goal weight and a dream weight in mind. I’m not too worried about making those goals, and more focused on how I’m feeling everyday.
Some other things I bought is some more workout clothes and a waist trainer. The waist trainer was something I wanted to try out because I’ve seen that it helps with posture and helps you retain more heat when working out, and so far I like it! I don’t wear it as long as people say to wear it, mostly because I feel like it could get too damaging, but I like wearing it while I workout and for a couple hours while I sit at my desk. In fact, I’m wearing it right now!
Drinking water is very important just in general. And I’m making sure that I am drinking the proper amount everyday. I heard that if your urine looks like lime juice, then you’re hydrated! Kinda icky, but it’s a good indicator! I always keep a bottle full of water on my desk, and right now I have a ritual every morning where I fill my bottle up, turn on my fans, and get my workout in for the day. It’s really great! Water is pretty much the only thing I’m drinking right now, but I hear green tea is also very good to have as well. I am waiting on a blender to come in the mail, so soon I will have post-workout smoothies!
These are things I’ve been doing to jump start a healthy lifestyle. After this lock down is over and life starts to look normal again, I’d like to join a gym and workout there as well. I would also like to fix up my bike and go bike riding, and buy some other things like tennis balls and jump ropes. This summer, ya girl is gonna be fit! I’ll be sure to update you on my progress.
My goal weight is 150 pounds, but my dream weight would be to get down to 135 pounds. I also want to refine that hourglass shape that I have; get that Tinkerbell body, you know what I mean?
Again, these are loose goals that I have; I’m mostly doing this fitness journey to feel better and to fit clothes better. Once I hit my goals, my plan is to keep up my healthy lifestyle forever! We only have this body, might as well treat her right, you know?
If you out there feel like doing something to pass the time during quarantine, I suggest doing some at-home workouts! Since doing this I feel way more energetic, I’ve been waking up earlier, and feeling more productive throughout the day. It’s kind of amazing!
Everyone stay safe out there! Take care and I’ll write more soon <3