Do Something Every Day

When it comes to exercising, it has to become a part of your lifestyle. It’s not just a phase where you work out super hard for 3 months so you can rock that beach body only to have it completely reversed a month later and you have to cycle all over again.

I know because I’ve done it…even if the swing isn’t that extreme, I was a yo-yo workout person.

This year, I want to push myself to go further. To go beyond being a casual workout person into a serious one. One that really makes exercise a priority. Sure I’ve done parts of P90X and I did taiko drumming and rock climbing and yoga and a multitude of random things like kickball tournaments and Color Run races. But in the end, they were novelties and I have to find things that I want to stick with for a lifetime…or at least for the next 5 years.

So I’m keeping it simple. Rock climbing. Jogging. Yoga.

My goal is to do something everyday…one of the three to keep me active. It’s easy to skip a day and suddenly you realize that you haven’t worked out in months! So to combat that, I want to do something each and every day. I may have a rest day once a week, but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna be lazy. It ¬†means I’ll be stretching, taking a walk outside, or some light yoga…still moving but not as intense as the other days.

Hopefully by the end of the year, I will have developed the habit of exercising every day so I don’t even have to think about it anymore. It’ll just be something I always do.

Wouldn’t that be awesome?

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A Wake Up Call

The other day, I reached for my favorite pair of skinny jeans. As I was putting them on, the strangest thing happened…I couldn’t get them past my knees.

THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME!!

I started to freak out, thinking I must have gained a lot of weight since the last time I wore them a couple of months ago. But the scale told a different story. My weight was still steady as it has been for the past few years.

So what changed?

To be honest, I haven’t been working out for several months and my body fat to muscle ratio is probably higher than it used to be. I have lost muscle mass and tone, replaced by fat.

It really hit me that if I want to stay fit for the rest of my life, I really need good habits that will make exercising second nature. I started P90X back up again…classic this time around.¬†Though the exercises are familiar, my body doesn’t remember it as easily and I am starting over. This time, I hope I can finish it properly.

I guess it’s a good thing that I buy clothes that fit my body without too much spandex or stretch material to let me know when I’m slacking on my exercise routine.

Instead of giving up, I’m starting again. So what if this is the X-th time I’ve failed to reach my goals? As long as I keep trying, it will get better. I’m taking it one step at a time.

Forget the past and start fresh.

Starting Stats

  • Height: 5’1″
  • Weight: 97 lbs
  • Chest: 30″
  • Waist: 25″
  • Hips: 33″
  • R.Thigh: 18.5″
  • L.Thigh: 18″
  • R.Arm: 10″
  • L.Arm: 9.5″

Are My Bad Habits…My Good Ones?

I’m back from my hiatus and it’s been an interesting week.

I traveled and saw some familiar sights from a familiar place.

Originally, I planned to work out but it proved harder than I thought. So, I eased up on my exercise plan to three 15 minute jogs and doing Ab Ripper X three times this week. I ate whatever everyone else was having, whether it was steak, seafood, sushi, or other items. When I think about, I ate more carbs and protein than I usually do. I tried to add more veggies and fruit to my food intake, but it wasn’t enough. Plus, I snacked a lot on almonds, chips, wafers, bananas, and popcorn. I had some of these snacks 30 minutes prior to going to bed. On two occasions, I woken up hungry in the middle of the night and I went to pick up a bite to eat (like a glass of OJ or a handful of almonds). For some reason, I’ve been ravenously hungry all week and I’ve been eating lots of big and small meals.

Therefore, according to many food and fitness “experts”…I should be gaining weight this week because I’m working out less and eating more in addition to having more unhealthy food than I normally ingest.

BUT…according to an old, janky scale, I lost 3 pounds. I weighed myself twice on the same scale: once when I arrived and again the night before I left.

How did that happen?

My friend says I’ve been unintentionally following a modified version of the Atkins diet. Something about when you eat more protein, your body doesn’t store it as fat as easily and instead, the fat reserves are being depleted. So you end up losing weight.

Also, since I was doing P90X for over two weeks, I’ve been building up muscle which burns through more calories a day which can explain my unquenchable hunger. The extra protein I’ve been eating goes toward repairing my muscles. So I guess my decreased exercise maintained my fat to muscle ratio…no increase and no decrease.

Personally, I’m not looking to lose weight since each pound is practically 1% of my total body weight. I want to maintain my weight and improve the muscle definition in my body. I don’t think in terms of weight…I want to see how my body can be sculpted and defined by healthy food and exercise habits.

But if I was on a track for weight loss…I guess my bad habits are kind of my good habits?!