Okay, so I know that I have talked about my struggle with anorexia on here, however this journey that I want to embark on and share with you is not meant to be weight loss in an unhealthy way. Instead, I really just want to live a healthier lifestyle and it happens to involve losing a little bit of weight in order to gain confidence and get a head start on living more healthily.
Now, I got inspired from the blog/YouTube channel/influencer blogilates to do this. I really loved how a journey like this made her happier and more confident, so that’s what I’m really going for here.
The main goals of this journey for me include:
- Improved energy
- Improved mood
- Fitness – Improved cardio vascular endurance and strength, as well as muscular endurance and strength
- Improved flexibility
- Improved/healthier diet
- Improved relationship with food
- Improved relationship with myself
Now, I know this is a lot and at this very moment and I don’t have a time limit for achieving these goals, however I’m going to talk with my boyfriend and see what a reasonable time limit for these goals are, so that I can achieve them in a healthy way.
So, how am I going to make this healthy so I don’t relapse into anorexia? Well, I’m first not going to count any calories. If I count calories, I become obsessed with them and I relapse, that I know for sure. I’m also not going to restrict myself and overexercise. Since the last time I have decided to lose weight, I have noticed what foods make me feel slow and sluggish and what foods make me feel really good.
In terms of foods, I’m going to focus my intake on plants, lean meats, healthy fats, and protein. I have noticed that carbs, especially simple carbs, just make me extremely tired and sluggish. My snacks are going to include fruits, vegetables, and protein bars. I’m going to increase my fiber intake so that I can improve my digestive problems. I’m going to limit the overly processed foods I eat, specifically in terms of snacks and desserts. I’m also going to eat whenever I’m hungry and stop when I’m satisfied.
With exercise, the mindset is not to work out to burn calories and be thin. Instead, the mindset is to test my body, push it to its limits, and make it stronger. I’m going to test my mental and physical strength, so that I can feel good in my own skin and gain confidence. I’m going to do cardio 3 times a week, strength 2 times a week, karate once a week, and have a rest day. I’m also going to do yoga everyday to increase my flexibility as well as tone my core and legs in a more functional way.
Finally, for wellness, I will be taking time for myself consistently, at least an hour a day just for taking care of myself. This will include self-investment activities as well as self-care activities.
The most important thing for me to remember during this journey is that “perfection is not the goal, progress is.”
Lots of Love,