If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle has been a challenge for me. We’ve been through P90x and Whole30 together. I’ve shared my successes and I’ve shared my failures. For those of you who have worked hard, lost weight, and gained it back, well… I’m right there with you.
I haven’t even wanted to write about it on my blog, because it’s a big, embarrassing, failure.
Why, oh why, can I not get it (and keep it) together in this area of my life?!?
My weight crept up a bit over the past couple of years, but I have gained over 10 lbs since I moved. And I’m really feeling it! I’m tried of looking at a closet of clothes and wondering what will fit. I’m tired of dreading shopping for clothes. I’m tired of being out of shape when I was once pretty strong and fit. I’m tired of starting a plan and quitting, because I just don’t want to do it.
I have finally made up my mind to stop ignoring it and making excuses. It finally occurred to me that I need to take the way I’ve been approaching art and apply it to health and fitness.
Progress over perfection. Put time into it every day (or most days) and all of that time will add up to visible progress. Make room for it in my life, because it’s important to me. Invest in tools that will help me be successful. Listen to and read things that are motivating, inspiring, and educational. Start right where I am.
So, I’m doing it. I’m not doing a plan. I’ve done dozens of plans and I don’t need another plan. I know what I need to do and I just need to do it. So, I’m doing it. Maybe I’ll share details down the road.
But, first things first. Healthy eating starts at the grocery store and this is where I often get into trouble and make compromises. If I bring my favorite yummy things into the house, I will eat them, so I need to stop bringing them into the house. At least for a time.
I also need to stock our pantry and fridge with yummy things that are healthy. And that’s what I worked on this weekend. I threw away anything that would get me into trouble and stocked up on things that won’t sabotage my goals.
I started doing this a few years ago, but I like to take most foods out of their boxes and put them in jars or airtight plastic containers. I also like to use larger open bins to contain small things, like snack bags for the boys, onions & potatoes, small cans and packets, etc.
(The pantry basket is THIS ONE from Target.)
It not only looks neater, but it’s a much more efficient use of space. There is so much bulk in most packaging. And the locking lids keep food fresher longer. Most bagged food in my house wouldn’t get closed properly, but everyone will put these lids back on.
I have lots of nuts and seeds for snacks as well as some parmesan crisps. All of my other snacks will be things like veggies, fruit, olives, cheese, yogurt, etc.
I also took some time after grocery shopping to chop up some of the produce, so it’s ready to snack on, cook for a meal, or pack it to go.
I also use a lot of containers in the fridge. I find the produce boxes really do help fruits and veggies last longer. THESE are my favorite. I have an OXO one as well (the one with raspberries in it), but the lid doesn’t lock on it, so it’s a box of spilled berries waiting to happen.
And I made a bunch of salad jars. It really is amazing how well lettuce and other salad fixings keep in glass jars! These don’t look like a lot, but I really cram the lettuce in, so it makes a huge salad…
I’ll add avocado, nuts, dressing, etc. after I dump out the salad.
I have also started exercise. I was walking regularly when it was warmer, but it was too cold (and snowy) last week. I’ve also started strength training and working on core and flexibility with pilates and yoga. Man, I have so far to go! I am toying with the idea of making some videos as I attempt it, just so I can see my progress in a few months! They will be comical, I know, but an encouragement as well. Eventually.
Just like with my art… I need to not let the fact that it might not look great in the beginning stop me from starting.
For motivation and information, I’m listening to the Cut the Fat podcast. I’m 5 episodes in and it’s excellent.
I’ll share more on my Instagram stories, if you’re interested in following what I’m doing a little closer.
So, here’s to ugly yoga poses, slow jogs, embarrassingly winded cardio, and barely-bent squats! Bring it all on.
It can only get better from here!