Big shout out to a few coworkers and Instagram friends that are inspiring.
I’ve been maintaining my weight over the past few weeks – kind of. I haven’t been exercising very much, and I’m kind of a human garbage disposal these days when it comes to food. We had set up a challenge at work and I’ve been bombing at it on the daily. I’m always making excuses – it’s too hot to exercise, I’m eating out with friends, I’m at a family barbecue, it’s vacation, I didn’t go grocery shopping, etc. – as to why I can’t eat well or exercise. They are all bullshit, I know this, but this is the first time in a while I’m admitting it again. I’m supposed to be on week five of ‘Couch 2 5K’ training and I’m not. Tonight I fly to Portland, OR to join my other half and tomorrow we begin our drive home, so I’m sure it’ll be a mixed bag of junk/fast food and a lot of inactivity. I’m hoping to get a couple of miles in at the Redwoods and then a little in at Sequoia on Saturday. I’m hoping I can focus my motivation next week and get back on track. I’m hoping I can use the inspiration I find in others and the beauty of what lies ahead (Redwoods, Sequoia, Utah in a week, etc) to ignite the flame.
I need to get back to weekly meal planning and prepping – which means regular grocery shopping. I need to stop restrictive diets such as low-carb – which means increasing veg and still avoiding refined crap. I need to eat more of a balance and I need to eat in moderation. I need to continue my daily water intake, and add more. I need to limit booze and diet soda, as well as calming my coffee consumption. I need to go to sleep earlier and build a consistent schedule – and shut my brain off to fall asleep. I need to hike further on the weekend and build up my endurance – and exercise more between weekly hikes. I know what I need to do.
I’ve covered this before, many times, and I always hope it’ll be the last time I have to write a stupid blog post – either in private or public – about this lame ass struggle. I go through phases in regards to how healthful I am. I go on about my health or happiness, the vanity, or the things I want to do that require me to be a little more in shape and a little less sluggish. I know what I need to do, but I always give up before I do it. I’m a planner by nature, so one would think creating a plan and sticking to it would be right up my alley, but I give up too easily. I can plan all day every day, but I rarely energize enough to follow through with the plan.
Blah, blah, blah. I know, here we go again. I need to get over that I don’t live somewhere beautiful. I need to move past that I will have a slow transition and results take time to show up. I need to accept that I’m not currently on a healthy path and find the willpower to change direction.