My plan so far is this: for the first month or so I want to try as many different activities as possible and find something (or several things, fingers crossed) that I really enjoy doing. The idea is that if I find some things I like to do I'll be more motivated to continue doing them on a regular basis. Some things I've done in the past were enjoyable and I'll be revisiting them as options. I no longer have a gym membership, so I'm looking for specialty workouts that I think I'll have fun participating in.
Here's a list of what I plan on trying (again for some), starting this week:
- Adult gymnastics
- Trampoline Park
- Belly Dancing
- Home circuits/workouts
- Regular yard/outdoor maintenance
- Barre Class
I will attempt to be just as patient and honest with myself as I was when I started eating better. I know that taking baby steps works for me, so I need to remember that I don't have to dive into the deep end and become a fitness nut overnight. I can start with one class a week and see if I can handle it on a long term, regular basis.
I have always had an interest in gymnastics - it always seemed so cool when other girls could do flips, handstands and the splits. I wanted to do that, too, but I lacked the self confidence to join a class. I assumed I was too fat to do it, so I gave up before I even began. Which, in hindsight, was silly of me. But after some research online, I found out that it's not too late. There are some places that offer adult gymnastics classes, so I'm going this week to try it out. I have a good feeling about it, which is already a new sensation for me.
It will be interesting to go through this experience while already having this blog established. I started eating better in April, but didn't start this blog until July, so I had a lot of notes in my phone and made more facebook updates about it. It's easier to get all of my thoughts out of my head like this, and that way I know I'm not also driving anyone crazy with my updates. I've always liked going back in time and seeing how I used to think/behave in comparison to how I am at present. It helps me to understand my patterns and thus be able to address a destructive pattern head-on. I look forward to being able to see my patterns throughout these next few months. The past 6 months went by so quickly, I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I weigh under 160lbs now. It makes me wonder, if I put as much effort into regular exercise habits could I hit my ultimate goal of weighing between 130-140? If not, wouldn't I at least still feel better than I do now? It's just like my original question "If I cut junk/sugar will I lose a ton of weight?". In my experience the answer is a resounding yes. So my new question to myself is, "if I exercise regularly, will it make as dramatic of a difference in 6 months as adjusting my diet has?"
Here I come, health! I'm gonna get you, sucka!
Also, here's a pic of my new winter coat which I feel AAAAMAAAZING in!!