Long time, no blog. I am hoping to get back to it. We shall see how that goes since the boys’ soccer starts up in another week and every evening is spent at the soccer fields.
So, let’s see, where to start…
Strength training. I have been lifting weights pretty consistently since February. I typically lift 5-6 days a week for about 30 minutes. I switch up my lifts every 2-6 weeks, depending on whether I have time to make a new plan. Over the last 5 months, I have developed muscles that I couldn’t see before and I have gotten considerably stronger. At the beginning of this journey I could not do one push up. I can now do at least 10, without stopping. Although the scale hasn’t budged, I know I am making some progress towards my goals.
Cardio, has also been a constant in my life. I typically get at least 30 minutes every day, however many times I get much more. My choices for cardio have consisted of running, bike riding, and HIIT workouts. To be honest, this is much less cardio than I have done in the past and I can tell that I am not where I want to be cardiovascularly speaking. I am hoping to try to change that going forward. As much as I enjoy lifting weights, I really enjoy/need the endorphin high that comes with a good cardio session.
What I have really noticed over the last few months is that my body feels so much older and I hate it. I have aches and pains, that at times, make me want to stop. What keeps me going is the fact that I know I will feel better once I am done. I have been trying to incorporate more yoga into my routine, but I have really struggled to make it a habit. I know that my body would love me more if I could do it. Finding time for yoga or even some good deep stretching is another goal I have going forward.
I have made no progress when it comes to moving the scales. I know the scale isn’t the end all, be all, but my clothes still don’t fit well either. While I can see muscles I’ve never had before, I’m not making progress when it comes to fitting in my clothes.
My eating habits aren’t terrible, but they are not great either and this is the piece that I need to work on the most. I need to prioritize some food prep time for the week so that I am not tempted to grab the “easy” thing. Over the next few weeks, I will be getting back to meal planning for me and the kids. I also hope to start trying some new, healthy recipes, because I am getting tired of the same old stuff. I am also in need of recipes that I can easily take pack in lunch boxes to take to the soccer fields each night.
So there is a bit of an update about what has been going on with me.