Category: A Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

A Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle – The Progress so Far

 

My Journey

 My goal for this journey is for fitness and healthy eating to become a full lifestyle change.  I’ll be honest. This has not been easy. I started this fitness journey roughly around January…

Technically it was November but I was so busy that I didn’t feel like I was making any progress.In this post, I’m going to be explaining my goals, my motivations and my experiences. I hope that

this will help you start, continue or think about your own journey to a healthy lifestyle.

I would love to hear in the comments how you feel about your journey? Is yours similar or different compared to my own? 

 The Beginning

Between January and April, I went to the gym after work 5 times a week.  This was difficult because I would drive almost 2 hours a day to work,  to the gym and back home.

I was unsure if I should eat at a surplus to gain muscle, or to eat at a deficit to lose fat.  I eventually decided to eat more and gain muscle since I would end up losing fat as I go (Beginners luck).

My gym sessions are roughly 60 minutes long.  Two leg days, a chest/triceps day, and a back/biceps day.

I already eat relatively healthy foods because I have a severe allergy to both onion and garlic.  It is actually in virtually everything processed. Really, just read the label of a ketchup bottle.

I tend to cook at home and rarely eat out since restaurants tend to not be very accommodating. My problem has been with binge eating. I can go for days eating low calories, even too little calories.

Eventually, I’ll over eat, or over snack.  These snacks are usually quite healthy, but it’s  the quantity that kills.  I found that if I skipped breakfast and had too small of a lunch, I would eat more

calories than my daily allowance during supper.

Self Image

Progress has been slow and steady. I will admit, at times I have been incredibly discouraged.  It’s hard to see your progress when you focus on your flaws.  When you see yourself in the mirror

every single day, sometimes you don’t notice the changes.  I am glad that I took progress pictures throughout my experience.  The photo above was taken about 3-4 months after I started.  Yes, the

pose is deceiving.  This picture is evidence that many Instagramers manipulate their bodies and cameras to achieve a smaller waist and a larger butt.  I’m often bloated. I have bad days more than

good ones.  As I have many dietary restrictions, some of which I am still unsure about their cause. I need to force myself stay positive.

Goals

I’ve always been a fairly small person.  I am 5’4 and I am a size 3.  However, I think the common term now is “Fat skinny”.  My stomach is far from flat and my hips are significantly wider than the

rest of my body as those are the places where I carry the majority of my fat.  It’s June, and I measured myself for the first time since January.  I’m very proud of myself, I’ve lost a total of 7 inches

and gained another 4 inches in my thighs/arms.  I still have a ways to go.  My goal is to be strong and fit.  I’m hoping to lose roughly another 4-5% fat.

I hope that you’ve taken something from this post.  Good luck on your own journey!  I’ll be making another update post by the end of summer.

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A Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle: My fitness plan and How I stay motivated

My Fitness Story

I’ve always been an active person growing up.  It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I haven’t been working out daily.  I used to swim competitively. Yes, like Michael Phelps. I even have the lanky limbs.  So, I was a member of the varsity team for a number of years. I also played tennis, volleyball and soccer.  Therefore, I have a lot of experience with being active.

However, a year before entering university, I severely injured my elbow. I continued to train despite the pain.  I was supposed to get invasive surgery to repair it but the doctor refused to perform it because of the possible consequences.  And so, these last few years I’ve had to suffer through the injury.  It has improved slightly.  But I still cannot do a push up or lift anything over 20 odd pounds. It sucks!

Since I haven’t really been active in about a year.  I’ve found myself gaining some unnecessary weight and with less energy. So, I decided to join a GoodLife gym.

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My Fitness Plan

Currently, I am working out 5 days a week. I make sure to write down all of my gym sessions in my planner.  It helps me not only to stay organized but the fact that it’s written motivates me to go.  I am rotating between arms/back, abs, legs, and cardio days.  Each session is roughly one hour.  I begin each workout with 15 minutes of cardio (bike or treadmill).

Planners: At-A-Glance Amazon, Pink Planner Amazon.

 

Motivation

My goal is to gain lean muscle while losing some extra fat. I want to focus on my butt, arms and back.  My hope is to accomplish my goal by march break.  So, I hope to put in as much effort and time as necessary.  I am making lifestyle changes, not just changes in appearance.

I specified march break not because I want to be fit by that date.  But rather, my personal trainer and I believe that this time frame is realistic.

I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.  Keep on eye for future fitness, food and motivational posts. Don’t forget, subscribe to get access to free exclusive material.

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