Fitness

Be Consistent

“Consistent action creates consistent results.”
​~Christine Kane

How to maintain your consistency toward reaching your goals

 

The world of fitness was interesting for me last week:

Monday 

I had my monthly session with Steve (my personal trainer). This was my first session in my home, rather than the gym. Since I haven’t been utilizing the gym on a regular basis lately, we thought it would be helpful for him to be able to show me home workouts with the actual equipment that I have, in the space that I have for it. This was also my first session since “graduating” from PT after my Sesamoiditis bout.

I’ll be 100% honest here. I spent the better of part of a year working my hind end off to lose 40 pounds, and over the past 4-5 months, I have gained 20 of those pounds back. Because of this fact, I have been feeling a little down on myself. Steve is great at encouraging his clients and is constantly reminding me of what is truly important . . . and also how I can use any setback to my advantage. In this case, I’m carrying an extra 20 pounds naturally, so I don’t have to use weights while doing squats and lunges. He also reminded me that the huge events that have happened in my life in the past few months are events that, on their own typically will cause people to gain some weight.

Bottom line is, I spent the rest of the week trying not to be so hard on myself. I’m working to focus on where I am right now, and what I need to do to get to where I want to be.

Tuesday 

ROCKED my home workout! I woke up on time to get 30 minutes of strength and 30 minutes of cardio. I pushed myself harder than I’ve pushed myself in months. It felt great. I had returned!

Wednesday

Oh man.

On Wednesday, I woke up and I swear, every single muscle in my body was SO SORE I could hardly walk. I took Bentley for a 30-minute walk and called it good.

Thursday

What?!

I was even more sore than I had been on Wednesday. How was this even possible?! I watched Bentley run up and down the driveway a couple times and somehow managed to get myself to work. I went ahead and called that a success.

Friday 

Sore, but nowhere near Wednesday and Thursday level. I did decide that my body still needed to rest, so I let Hubs walk the dog.

Healthy Eating

Meanwhile, all week I was focused on making simple, healthy meals:

Breakfast is typically scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese, lunch is salad with carrots & hummus, an apple and mixed nuts, dinner is usually some kind of meat with lots of veggies.

My goal is to consume real, whole foods and pay attention to my portion sizes. I figure that if I am eating appropriate amounts of whole foods and exercising daily, at the very least I can maintain my current weight, but I think that I can drop most of the weight that I’ve gained with minimal stress if I simply stay consistent with my healthy eating habits.

We have also purchased a share of a local CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The website of the farm we have purchased from, The Mason Jar Farm, describes it best:

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

Friday was our first pick up day of the season, so we now have a fridge stocked with local, fresh veggies and eggs. I can’t wait to try out new recipes every week with our mystery bag of produce.

What are you working on consistently to meet your fitness goals?

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