If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I enjoy setting fitness goals for motivation. This is especially true when it comes to walking and running.
Right now I’m trying to get back into exercising — I really need to build up my stamina and strength after being out of the workout game since this summer. I had intended to walk more often during pregnancy after I had to stop the high-intensity workouts at Torque. But the heat and humidity of the summer got to me more than I wish it had.
Luckily I didn’t gain a ton of weight during pregnancy — I gained 24 pounds and I’ve already lost about half of that. But the past two months that I’ve been home I obviously haven’t been too active as I’ve been recovering from the c-section. And I’ve definitely been eating a little more than I should and enjoying more treats than I should.
So, it’s time to start moving more and working on eating healthier.
For me, this isn’t as much about losing weight as it is about feeling healthy. As someone who believes in body positivity, I don’t preach or push weight loss. Your body is your body and you should do what makes you feel best about yourself.
At this time, I’m not in that place. I don’t feel great about myself, so I need to work on that. I always feel better about myself when I’m working out and eating better.
So step one for me is a walking goal — for the next four weeks of my maternity leave, I plan to walk five days a week. I hit that goal last week, and I definitely felt it in my legs and my lower abdomen (probably getting used to the activity still after the c-section). I definitely needed to get moving again, and I love how this gives me a task to complete every day that helps my energy level. Plus it’s good for Penny to get some fresh air!
Step two is planning our dinners, which I’ll write about in a post soon. I’m trying to make better eating choices, but I’ll admit hanging around the house all day doesn’t make this easy. I have a tendency to snack! I’m going to try to keep healthy snacks around and watch my portion sizes.
So, it’s time to get back on the wagon! This time last year my husband and I embarked on a plan to eat healthier and exercise consistently and we saw a lot of success. I’m ready to get started again! I’m excited to see how I do.
What are your first steps when you want to work on exercising regularly and eating healthier?