I mentioned in a December post that I don’t exactly like the way I look right now. However, I have some patterns with unhealthy weightloss and dieting, so if I intend to get fit, I want to do it the right way. And documenting exactly how I do that on my blog is going to help me stay on the right path. You know, accountability and all that. To start off this process, I need to, in short, get my sh*t together. So here we are – the second post of this series.
I want to make this whole process as simple as possible. My thought process is that the less intimidating I find it all, the more likely I am to stick to it. So I’ve created a sort of action plan, going back to primary school research methods with who, what, when, where and how.
Who inspires me? What is it about them that I can look to and adopt?
My main fitness inspiration is Holly from The Kitty Luxe. Though she doesn’t really talk fitness on her blog, she frequently records her progress and the way that she works on her Instagram stories. Holly became my fitness inspiration after she spoke about how she’d dropped a few dress sizes and yet hardly lost any weight – it was all about strength training and gaining muscle. She looked amazing and has quite a similar body type to me naturally, so since then I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her journey with it all.
My main food inspiration is Sophie from Glow Steady (Who – wow – seems to be my inspiration whenever I talk about anything food related… I do read other food blogs, I promise.) Though I’m not vegan or (mostly) gluten free like Sophie is, I greatly appreciate the way she looks at foods and meals on her blog. There’s always so much discussion of nutrients and what each ingredient does. You can tell that the girl knows what she’s putting into her body. This is the kind of approach I want to take with my food this year.
What are my goals? What exactly do I intend to get out of all of this?
Like I mentioned in the introductory post, I need to figure out exactly what I want if I’m going to do this. Therefore, I set out 5 goals that I can refer back to and ground myself when I feel myself straying. I want to:
- Tone my muscles
- Increase my stamina
- Eat a balanced diet (No calorie cutting, just a good balance of nutrients)
- Increase my core strength
- Train for some sort of run? (I want to get better at running and I feel like I need a goal for that)
Am I setting myself any deadlines? Is there a date I want to track my progress by?
Ideally, I want this to be less of a short term solution and more of a long term lifestyle choice. However, setting some sort of deadline makes things easier to work towards. Hopefully, I’ll book in for some sort of run, and that will be my stamina deadline. However, for more of a more general deadline, I want to be far happier with my fitness by 27th July 2019, my graduation date.
Why have I decided to do this?
I explained this in the introductory post, but essentially it’s because:
- I’m not happy in my own skin at the moment
- I would like to be physically fitter in terms of stamina, strength and general health
- It’s generally just better for me
How do I intend to complete my goals?
I could easily fall into my old habit of going to the gym 6/7 days a week and running myself into nothing. So, instead of being overambitious, I am starting with some easy goals. This way I can work my way up slowly and create new, healthier habits. To do this, I’m going to:
- Go to the gym 2-3 times a week
- Attend one class a week
- Eat breakfast everyday!
- Meal prep so I actually eat breakfast and lunch
And there we have it, my 5 step breakdown of how I intend to get my sh*t together. I’m actually really excited for what this series brings and where this all goes. I’m not going to be too hard on myself or super intense with measurements and goals, because that will only end up destructive for me. Therefore, though there will be serious moments, I intend to keep this series pretty lighthearted. Here’s to a year of positive change – this being just one of them.
Are you doing anything differently this year? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,