It’s Tuesday but it’s the first day back to work after a long weekend, so it feels like a Monday. The first day of the work week is always the hardest, more so in the winter months. When the alarm goes off in the morning and it’s still dark out it takes everything I have to crawl out of bed. I know you shouldn’t knock Mondays and it’s the start of a brand-new week; and of course, we should always be thankful for each day that is given to us but I can say that Monday’s just aren’t my favorite. So, this Tuesday is my Monday but as I always try to do, I will face the day with a smile and a great big cup of coffee.
It is a new year and I want to get back on track with my life, time to focus more on things I love to do and have wanted to do. I’ve made my list of things I want to accomplish this year and set personal goals for myself. Getting my Healthy and Energetic Self Back is at the top of this list and one of my major goals for 2017.
Today is the first day I’m getting back to my better eating habits. I prepared my lunch yesterday so I don’t have to fuss much in the morning. Not being a morning person makes this much easier for me!
This time last year I signed up with a personal trainer and began a journey of getting fit and healthy. My diet consisted of lots of protein, no sugar and no carbs. My workouts were 2 times a week and they were intense, my trainer showed no mercy. In between my workouts, I did cardio, to which I am not a fan, at all!! I did enjoy the time to myself and the way I felt after a cardio workout but every time I knew I had to get on that elliptical I would grunt and groan. The program worked though, I lost almost 25 pounds. I felt amazing and to celebrate my success I did a photo shoot with my best friend who had also been training with me. That was a fun time and a great experience. It was definitely one of my highlights for 2016.
After the photo shoot, I continued to work out but during one session I hurt my back and afterwards I felt my body was in need of a break so I took the summer months off. Unfortunately, I think I enjoyed this break a little too much and eventually stopped going to the gym all together. I kept telling myself I just needed a break and would get back into it but it never happened. I went a few times with my friend but it wasn’t the same, I had lost my enthusiasm. Then the holidays came with lots of dinners, sweets, high fat foods and not going to the gym was a recipe for disaster. So here I am once again feeling the way I felt last year before I started training. My clothes don’t fit, I feel tired and I need to make a change.
I know a lot of people make new year’s resolutions to get fit and eventually the notion wears off but for me this isn’t the case. This is me wanting my healthy lifestyle back. I’m a little upset with myself that I let it get this far but I learned a long time ago that you can’t change the past but you can surely change the future. I am in charge of what I do each day so it’s time I start reshaping my future and how I want to feel. I know I can do this because I’ve done it before so I just have to do it again. I know what needs to be done, thanks to my trainer, and there will be lots of cardio involved (ugh, the thought) but I will enjoy that time to just listen to music and sweat away anything that is bothering me as well as sweat off some excess fat that I acquired during my hiatus.
My lunch for today is ground chicken with mushrooms, spinach, brussels sprouts, feta cheese along with a protein shake. Can’t get more healthy than that!
Photo Credit to Pixabay.com for the fun featured image!!