2018 is almost over! Many folks are making resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight and just overall take better care of their body. People would throw in snide comments to ask me if my New Year’s resolution was to gain weight. Hmmmm….1. I don’t make resolutions because I’m going to break them on January 2nd. 2. Why are you so worried about my weight. Yeah, it hurt my feelings. It took time to overcome others’ ignorance toward my body, but I overcame. It also took time to overcome others’ ignorance about health and fitness. Skinny doesn’t equal healthy. So, even though I do not make resolutions, I will be setting goals and planning a fitness schedule for the New Year.
If you’ve read my past posts, you know I totally fell off the wagon with working out. I fell off, got ran over by a reindeer and smacked. The struggle was real! And I’m not going to start now. Your girl is going to just ride the rest of the year out doing no physical activity. I am changing up our eating habits a bit by adding healthier snack options, but there’s no strength exercises, yoga, cardio, etc.
What I will focus on for the rest of this month is getting my life together to ensure I’m on the right track to meet the schedule set to obtain my fitness goals.
What will this schedule look like? Hmmmm….I’m not sure myself. What I do know is my husband is up at 4:00 a.m. getting his workout in. Not sure this gal can hang that early, but we will make a plan that works best for me.
Since I’ve stopped working out regularly, my muscle tone is gone! Like, no sign of it whatsoever. It’s a bit heartbreaking for me. Before my start of working out, it was a daily chore to maintain my weight at 107 lbs. Once there was a routine of exercises there was no issue of holding that weight.
Not only could I tell the difference in how my clothes fit, but I could also tell the difference by looking at myself in the mirror and just in how I felt. I remember a few weeks after working out my hubby saying, “oh, baby. I love this transformation. You always look good to me, but you look healthier.” Yeah, he got the head tilt and popping of lips for a moment. After a bit of fun watching him squirm, we laughed together. I knew what he meant and knew it was out of love.
As a skinny lady who struggles with maintaining her weight, you realize when you drop a couple of pounds. It shows and usually perceived wrong by others.
There are so many reasons my weight fluctuates. Most times it’s indeed out of my control. Wait, saying “most” leads to some wondering minds. Let me say...” it’s out of my control.” Let me share an example. An outing that requires lots of walking or activity; i.e., cardio. I can’t regain the lost calories. Yeah, you may think…just eat more. Well, that’s easier said than done. Why? I’m not hungry. My body doesn’t want to refuel and force feeding myself is a no go. Lesson learned on that one.
So, what’s the difference in working out with cardio and just being on the go? Well, I guess the clanking of the weights. You see, I noticed when I worked out with weights mixed with cardio, my body maintains that 107 and my body craves food after the workouts.
Take A Moment and Check Your Life’s Schedule When Planning A Fitness Schedule
With all that said, I need to get a plan in place now to ensure I’m ready to meet my 2019 fitness goals and get toned again! You should also take a moment and make that plan for yourself. Just don’t say you’re joining a gym. There’s a bit of scheduling too.
We all have great intentions to change things, but we fail because we don’t take our lives into consideration. You know…our jobs, our household responsibilities, our families, etc. At this moment, I’m not worried about the type of workouts, but the time I can workout. Yeah, that’s why we need to see what else is going on in our lives and we must be honest with ourselves. Mornings are a great time to workout, but if you struggle with getting up early because you go to bed late, this is something to consider.
Earlier in the post, I mentioned my hubby working out at 4:00 a.m. There’s no way that’s happening for me. I know I need to be ready to start my day by 7:00 because two of our kids are heading out the door for school and my workday begins at 7:30 a.m.
Practicing The Change Before The New Year
So, here’s the plan I’m going to work on before the new year to help me be ready for my 2019 fitness schedule. I want to work out first thing in the morning and to do so I know I MUST do these things.
- Go to bed earlier – be in my room, in the bed at 8:30. I’m old and need my sleep. Adults need to sleep too.
- Have my workout clothes ready to go – up, dressed and downstairs by 5:55. Ready to start at 6:00 a.m. No excuse frantically going through my drawer looking for something to wear. And yes, I have a drawer dedicated for my workout clothes, but I pretend I have nothing to wear. Excuses are easier to make than buckling down and working out. Instead of putting on workout clothes (until January), I will just be up and fully dressed for the day. Giving me time to start work a bit earlier until January.
- Water bottle prepped at night – water bottle fixed and in the fridge ready to grab and go.
I won’t add this one to the list yet because I will not be practicing it until I actually start, but it’s a good one to think about. And a good idea to start planning for now. You will already have some workouts ready to go weeks in advance. Have your workout planned – since my hubby will finish as I am getting up and dressed, I can do the workout he already has on the board. Probably with some modifications, but it’s done. You may need to sit down one day a week and plan out your workouts and have them ready to go in advance. Lots of great quick workout videos on Youtube or know the machines you plan to use at the gym.
Remember as you plan to hit that gym and get fit for 2019, don’t forget to take a look at your life’s schedule now. Carve out a time to workout that best suits you. Yes, you may have to make sacrifices to get it in, but YOUR health deserves it! Take care of yourself. And hey, you are more than welcome to come to the blog, FB page, or FB group to read and know you’re not alone in the struggle of getting it together.