Last week was one of the most insane weeks I’ve had in a LONG time. I was exhausted for most of Friday (after a 13-hour call Thursday into Friday morning). I didn’t get any exercise on Thursday, but I did get around to working out on Friday. I was walking and I starting think about how much goes into weight-loss. It’s eating healthy, eating the correct amount of food to fuel your body, working out to burn calories, keeping the workouts interesting so you continue losing, getting enough sleep…whew! Healthy lifestyles (I really hate saying “diet” because I’m not on a “diet”) are a lot of work! It’s like juggling. You get two balls up in the air, but then you have to keep adding more. At some point, one might fall off…and if you let it go, it’s gone.
Once upon a time I was aiming to get 10,000 steps a day in addition to eating healthy and getting to the gym and getting enough sleep. What happened to that goal? It fell by the wayside. My ped-e-dometer broke and I didn’t love it enough to replace it. I got busy, yadda yadda. Well, I went for a walk Thursday night, and another on Sunday. I walked 2 miles both days. It hurt like HELL but I kept going. Ya know why? I felt the best I’ve felt when I was walking – it clears my head and exhausts my legs. How do I know how far I’ve gone? My fancy new iPod (thanks little bro!) has a built-in pedometer! Win-win situation. Tons of tunes, super compact and a pedometer! I am making a new plan for myself from here on out, and I think I’ll do more than write it down, I’ll print it out and leave a copy on my desk and on my night stand. Seeing your goals in black and white helps drive home the point that you need to keep working at what you want every day. Nothing happens overnight.
How do you guys deal with juggling everything that goes into being healthy? Have you noticed some things you once worked hard at have fallen off your plate?
This week I have 2 dinners with friends, 2 lunch dates and 2 barre n9ne classes. Great things come in pairs? 🙂 I am aiming for lots of cardio and fewer circuits at the gym. I think I need to change things up often and cardio might be key in the next phase! I went to the gym last night with my bro and we had “Sunday night sweat fest” – it was really a stress reliever to just get all the energy out into something productive! We both felt better as we left, and I noticed that I wasn’t inclined to snack (like usual Sundays) because I had just worked so hard I didn’t want to ruin it. 🙂