Not so New Year, but now time for a new me.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Over the last year I have definitely let my lifestyle take a turn for the worse. Having started a new relationship on February of this year I have invested my time in that rather than looking after me. Today however it's time to start reinvesting in my health.
The reality check that things were getting out of control was when I had to go to a work party on Thursday of last week. A pit of dread occurred in my stomach when I tried on my "fat" dresses and some of them wouldn't even zip up! I wasn't very impressed with myself to say the least and was even more disappointed that I had to settle on dress number 7, rather than my first 6 picks. Who knew that I could acquire so much back fat in just 8 months?
Well of course I didn't "do" anything about changing my lifestyle on Friday...I was too depressed and in fact probably made things a tiny bit worse by scarfing down a large McDonalds meal on my lunch break. What can I say? I'm a born comfort eater so I find it hard to take moments like this by the horns and take control.
So my weekend arrived and I was feeling rather deflated, but something had definitely triggered in me to change this. I am the only one who can after all. For the first few hours of my Saturday morning I investigated how much it would cost me to join the gym, there's one actually located inside the same building as my workplace. Perfect, the idea is that I will just tag 30-45 minutes 3-4 days a week onto the end of my day at work to get fitter; the best part, I didn't have to pay anything to join the gym upfront. I was more than pleased, 2 weeks before I have to pay any money and then it's only going to cost me £17 a month.
Now I had that part sorted the next step was to investigate my diet. Funny, I knew exactly what I was doing wrong but had some weird apathy towards it. Well no more! It does matter what I fuel my body with so I better start caring. So I set myself my next goal, tomorrow I will check through my cupboards and fridge, and I would create meals plans for the next few days so all my snacks, calories and meals were accounted for so I won't even have to think about what I'm going to eat.
After all that excitement I could barely sleep, but i knew I needed to get a good night's rest in order to continue my motivation into tomorrow. On waking today I did still feel motivated about the changes I was going to make, although my energy levels were pretty low and my over activity level could be described as lethargic. Determination kicked in though and I was adamant I would continue to set out those meal plans. It did take some time looking through my usual grocery items and picking out the best items to add to my favourites list, my thinking is that since this will make it easier for me to track in the long-term.
During all of this I managed to eat healthy throughout the day and even ate a lot more than what I might have imagined by simply making choices to cut out a lot of sugar from my diet. Cakes and chocolate have definitely been the main offenders to a healthy lifestyle over the last 8 months so I definitely need to do some research on cutting out the bad sugars. As a matter of fact that's my little goal for tomorrow, I'm sure there will be some Sparkpages to help me out.