So. I gained some weight over the holidays. I think a lot of us did, but I took it really personally. Like, I got mad at my body and mad at myself.
The weight I gained was largely gained in the month of December. And, my friends, it wasn’t pretty. As I rang in the new year, I felt really weird about how I looked and felt.
Sometimes, though, hitting a point like that can be a good thing. It’s a good way to reflect on your habits. And, with some awesome New Year’s Resolutions in place, which I have fully kept up with since I started on January 3rd, I’ve already lost all of the weight I gained in December.
Thank the lord.
You see, I allowed myself two full days of moping. When I realized that my pants were more than a little snug and that the chubby cheeks I kept seeing in the mirror were not a fluke or a result of flawed mirrors but, in fact, how I was looking, I started feeling kind of sorry for myself and then a little angry at myself. But then, I realized that I’m human, it was the holidays, I hadn’t been able to work out, and moping was going to get me absolutely nowhere.
You know what does get me somewhere? Eating healthy. Treating my body right. Exercising (when I can). I know. Revolutionary blogging right here, folks.
I’ve decided to write out my new (but not really — just re-established, other than a few new ones) healthy living rules. I thought I’d write them out here for you and in case I ever need a reminder.
My (New)(ish) Healthy Living Rules for 2012:
- Try to stick with clean foods
- Eat lots of fruit and lots of vegetables
- Avoid preservatives and chemicals when possible
- Avoid fake foods when possible (no more Splenda!)
- Avoid processed foods with words I don’t understand
- Eat organic when possible
- Continue to be a Vegetarian (for as long as it makes sense, anyway)
- Eat lots of beans, eggs, fish and protein powder to keep up my protein sources
- Avoid soy at see how my body responds to it for a while (this has been new for me!)
- Desserts are a treat for once in a while, not for every night
As for fitness, I need to be a little more flexible, considering my circumstances. That being said…
My Fitness Goals for 2012:
- Do my PT exercises at home every day!
- For as long as I’m running around at work for 11+ hours a day, I don’t need to worry about cardio. But on the days I’m not doing that, the bike has been a really great cardio exercise for my knee.
- Regularly do strength training for my arms and abs
- Start doing yoga with Mark on a regular basis.
- When I can afford it, take Pilates. The classes I’ve taken so far have been so wonderful, but it is really expensive!
- When I can, I’m going to go back to the gym with the same consistency I used to (which sounds like HEAVEN right now!!!). Realistically, I’m thinking this will be in March or April.
- Once I’m back in shape, I’m going to start P90X as long as I’m allowed to. This will likely be a summertime endeavor.
Dare I say that this year might be my fittest year yet? I’m getting my body back, damnit. Maybe even better than before.
What are your healthy living rules?