Off to the gym?

I’ve never seen January as a time to start new things. I guess the fact that even after I was a students I was still working on a school calendar so January is in the middle of the year for me. To me August is the beginning and time to start new things. Guess that is the life of a teacher?

That being said, I know that I don’t need a date on a calendar to tell me it is time to get my rear in gear and try to get healthy. I’m not unhealthy, but I know I need to be healthier. I’m an all things in moderation person when it comes to eating. I’m pretty good about eating healthy and limiting my junk. But, there are times of the day. week, month, year whatever that are harder than others for one reason or another. December is a month of indulgence for most people so I think that is often why people want to kick start their healthier life styles in January.

I know that a healthy life style is a combination of eating right, sleeping well and working out. I also know that each of these pieces makes it easier for the other pieces to fall into place. But, that knowledge isn’t always easy to put into practice. I am a routine person I like life when I know that I need to do A, B, C… But, I don’t necessarily want to drag myself go to the gym every day. I have no desire to jump on the Beach Body bandwagon that is flooding my Facebook page. I just need to figure out what will work for me.

So today, I will get dressed and head to the gym. Today I will eat healthy and hope to get a good night sleep. Today I will try to make plans for a new routine. Because with most things in life, I will take it one day at a time.

Off to the gym I go… catch ya later!


Goal setting

Goal setting is something that I’ve mastered in life. I lived the first 20 some odd years moving from one goal to another. There were very few goals that I set for myself that I didn’t accomplish. It’s just the way I roll.  I try to set goals that are realistic and obtainable. I try to set goals that I can control, this is key!

I’m in the process of setting a new goal for myself. I’m going to get back in shape. I’m not going to jump on any diet/workout/plan bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong I know these work for some people, it’s just not for me.

I’m going to set the goal of working out at the gym 4-5 days a week for about 1 hour a day.  Right now I’m going 3 days a week. This does not include any weekend trips with Richard. This is just me going and doing a workout daily during the week for myself.

I’m also going to try to watch what I eat a bit more. Eating is an area that I know I need to improve on, but I also know I can get fixated on the eating issue and then it becomes unhealthy. I’ve had food issues in the past and have no intention of going back there.

My goal is to eat more protein, fruits and vegetables. I’m not going to give up starches in total or sweets or salty snacks. I’m just going to make sure that they are a treat and the portions are realistic.

I already only drink water during the day, I’ll have an occasional coke when I get a headache, or split one with Richard over dinner on the rare occasion.

I need to make this goal realistic and obtainable. I’m going to set a few workout goals for myself as well as result goals. I’m going to incorporate new and different workouts with weights since I know this is the best way to burn and sustain the burn. I’m going to challenge myself to increase the speed and duration of my cardio workouts. But the real goal is to be happy when I look at myself again. I want to put on an outfit and think… yep I worked hard and I look good…. I look healthy.

So watch for updates as I keep myself accountable for working out and eating. Join me and making this school year about making me a healthier Mother for my sons, wife for my husband… but most important… a healthier me for ME!