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Restarting My Fitness Journey

Updated: May 26

I’m not gonna lie.. During this quarantine, I’ve been way too slack on my fitness goals.  


I’m obviously upset that I’ve gained weight - but I am not mad at myself. I had the relaxation that I desperately needed. I ate the foods that I actually wanted to eat. I also understand that it’s okay to take a break from time to time.. and progress isn’t always linear. 


It’s kinda funny timing though because this is like the number one time to get fit.. You get to plan out your day how you want. You don’t have to be ready for work/school in the mornings. It should be easier, right? 


Anyway, it’s time to get the ball rolling again. 


I wanted to make a blog post about it because I think it’s a good way to keep me accountable and maybe my journey will help and inspire some of you guys. In the future, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tips/tricks to help kickstart weight loss, but today’s post is just about my goals and my (current) plan. 


So, here’s the plan..


Exercise 

  • Everyday, for at least 30 minutes. Even if it's just taking a walk. I know that rest is important.. But when you're bipolar, it's really hard to stay consistent. I genuinely believe that this is the only thing that will keep me on track.

  • Workouts will usually last an hour to an hour and a half

  • A mix of running and in-home body weight workouts

  • If only running for the day, I do around 5 miles. 

  • In-home workouts vary. I think in the future I’ll post a beginner’s guide for working out as well as a post sharing my intermediate routine. I just need some time to build the strength back up. (I’ve run during quarantine, but haven’t done many in-home workouts so I’ve lost all my strength). 


Meal Plan

  • Drinking as much water as I possibly can!! 

  • Definitely avoiding soda and fast food. Not completely restricting foods because it’s okay to enjoy things once in a while, but definitely no more than once a week. (I  usually do less than that anyway.) 

  • Also trying to avoid milk as much as possible. I absolutely love milk but it has sooo many calories in it. Also, dairy messes with my skin. 

  • No eating because I’m bored or emotional  

  • 3 meals a day, semi healthy dessert if I want (ex: whip cream & strawberries).

  • Going to try my best to meal prep so I don’t turn to the unhealthy/quick foods. 

  • Not going to buy foods that will tempt me 

  • I will basically eat the same thing every day. 

  • - Breakfast: Grits and eggs - I know this isn’t super healthy - but when I workout, I’m burning around 600-800 calories. I really need fuel to be able to do that. Also, it keeps me full for a good amount of time, so I don’t really need to eat a lot at lunch. (If you’re looking for an idea, I also recommend oatmeal and chia seeds.. super filling).   

  • - Lunch: Fruit bowl, smoothie, or apple and peanut butter (when I’m really hungry). I try to keep this relatively small. It’s just to make sure I don’t starve by dinner time. 

  • - Dinner: Chicken and salad or vegetable. I only eat carbs if I’m super hungry - but that’s usually a potato, yellow rice, pasta, etc. I definitely make sure to have a smaller portion of carbs if I do eat them. 


Other Factors

  • Making sure that I am sleeping enough

  • Checking in on my mental health.. Mental and physical health go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.

  • Using my accountability resources (probably will write about in a future post): planner, trackers, friends, etc.

  • Having a motivational back-up plan for when I have excuses 

  • Physical reminders and motivation 

  • Finding some good workout music!!


Goals & Reasons 

  • Feel confident in my own skin

  • Finally be able to commit to something and stick to it, even when it’s hard

  • Feeling proud of myself for putting in the work every day 

  • Treating my body right to genuinely become healthier

  • Becoming physically stronger

  • Gaining willpower 

  • Hopefully inspiring others 


So, that’s the plan for now. I’ve done the majority of these things in the past and had a lot of success with it - I just have a problem with temporarily quitting. But, I’m hoping that this will keep me accountable and motivated! I know it won’t be easy, but I’m excited to start feeling confident, proud, and healthy. Also, I want to invite you guys to join in. Maybe you won’t have the exact same plan, but if you’re trying to start a fitness journey, reach out to me! I was thinking about creating a group of encouragement and support if people are interested. 


Also, big shoutout to my friend Kayla! She reached out a few days ago and asked me to share some tips/tricks, so she decided to join in. We’ll share some of her thoughts in a future blog post so you guys can see a different perspective as well. 


If this is something that interests you guys, let me know! I’ll be happy to share my real journey and give you guys updates every once in a while.


Alright, that's it! I hope this has been interesting and helpful. Until next time, have a great weekend! ❤️