So…I fell off. The past few months have been a whirlwind of stressful weeks at work, juggling being a working mom, vacations, home projects, travel lacrosse weekends, road trips, social engagements, birthdays…I am floundering at work-life balance. Emotionally, I’m not at my best. I have my good days and bad. Plus my workouts have decreased because it is hard to find time to exercise when I am so tired and I have so much going on. Physical activity helps me tremendously. My eating goes from eating clean to eating crap especially while on the road or on vacay.
I gained weight. I don’t know how much of it’s noticeable. It is mostly due to poor eating (I ate my way through Barbados last week) and imbibing. Wine, margaritas, and rum punch are NOT food groups so I am making a conscious decision to stop drinking alcohol for the next month. I don’t think I will miss it much. I make a mean mocktail. I am also cutting down on meat. A lot of people don’t know that I didn’t grow up eating a lot of meat. I don’t eat pork. I actually prefer tofu, black bean burgers, shirataki noodles, and lots of veggies to a steak or chicken. I’ll be eating egg whites and get my protein in with Premier Protein. I will also eat fish and seafood.
I joined a workplace fitness challenge. Since I now work in-house, I have the opportunity to participate in a company-wide wellness challenge. Aetna’s “Walk the Wonders” is an 8-week team-based challenge that will track steps taken and I’ll be provided with the resources I need to track my progress and connect with others online. So far, I have two work colleagues on my team. I am fiercely competitive and I do well in this sort of environment. Plus it will be the push I need to get 10K+ steps in a day AND wear my Fitbit Alta religiously which I always, always, always forget to do. There is also bragging rights on the line so I’m in there like swimwear…especially with help from GirlTrek.
Plus joining GirlTrek is encouraging. I want to run, walk, hike and not be pressured to run all the time. I do have a half marathon and a 10K in the Fall but I will train and not be so hard on myself. I also want to find a workout partner. It is discouraging not to have anyone to workout with so hopefully I will find someone local to get fit with!
I have my Anowa Adjah and Black Girls Workout Too videos on deck. I also have 20+ personal training sessions that I need to get back on but first diet and well-being. Tracking my eating using the Weight Watchers app, daily journaling, and getting back to my yoga practice is paramount.
So here’s to August 15th. Tomorrow I go meatless, I start walking 10,000 steps a day, not drinking, being more positive, and getting back to the gym. I’m excited again. The past few weeks I’ve been less “get fit” and more just “get through” and that is not what I worked so hard for the past few years. I am planning for success!