A little background:
Lately I have been keeping up with my exercise routine, and have been eating healthy for a longer stretch of time than I have ever done. I mean! I was the girl who would start a week long challenge then drift off into complacency somewhere around Wednesday.
But for the past few weeks, I have been determined to stay on track. I have been in such a good frame of mind that I can eat a sweet treat and adjust my exercise or meals to make up for it without giving up, giving in or losing sight of my goal.
These past weeks are still only a drop compared to the ocean of time I have left on this earth. So, even though it’s a great start, I need to sure up my healthy habits and attack each day with ferocity, while learning to live a little.
I feel compelled to share with you some of the struggles I have encountered as a result of my now more active lifestyle. I am not an expert at this exercise thing. I’m just a regular girl doing the best she can to ensure she lives a long life. I don’t believe in quick fixes, and am in it for the long haul! Look out for an upcoming post about the quick fix culture we live in! Anyhoo, here goes!
I sweat like a construction worker in peak summer!
I have always been a warm person, my base body temperature is relatively hot. My hands are always warm, and I still sweat in winter, so this wasn’t a huge surprise for me. It’s logical to think that you would sweat when exercising, but I never anticipated the amount! It can’t just be me. Planks are the worst. As soon as I hit around 20 seconds, my entire face is covered and I can’t open my eyes.
Alas, let the sweat pour! I prefer being a sweaty mess who is living healthily, than a dry unhealthy version of myself!
Peeing after leg day O.o
I’ve just completed a killer leg and bum workout! I feel accomplished, empowered … a little hungry. All is well in the world, so I sleep like a baby knowing I killed it. Fast forward to morning and I’m trying to getting out of bed, but my legs are all tense. First sign of trouble. I usually have tense leg muscles and swollen feet in the morning which usually goes away when I start walking, so i’m not alarmed, just a little worried. I get to the bathroom to tinkle and begin to squat when my muscles scream “No Ma’am, not today!”
Doing anything which requires me moving my bottom half after a good leg day workout is absolutely murderous, but I love it because the soreness means it’s working!
Never a good hair day
I love having my hair styled in a way that will last for the entire week. Lately I’ve been on the struggle bus trying to keep my hair sane. I’m currently transitioning from relaxed, permanently straightened, to natural hair, so my kinky, coily baby curls are coming in at the roots and I can’t deal with it. Dealing with two textures is difficult, even more so when I’m sweating out any blowouts by Tuesday. Plus I’m not a fan of any curly styles with the two different textures. Hmm …
Hopefully I can last till the end of the year, then I’m doing my big chop!
Easy exercises become hard
Okay, I can’t be the only person this happens to! I was doing bicycle crunches religiously every night, and was increasing in number. I got up to 2 sets of 100 crunches, then Monday, completely out of the blue, I could barely do 50 without feeling like death was coming for me! WTH?!
I was so mad, but I’m still doing them. Let’s see how long before I get back to normal.
Always feeling like I should do more
Even when I’m lying on the floor, drenched in my sweat, my brain is thinking of other exercises I could do to up the burn. I know I can’t overwhelm my body, so I pace myself and balance my eating with my exercise. Even with a good day of eating and working out, this voice in my head is always a little worried I’m not doing enough.
As long as I follow my daily plan and am on track, I try to silence that little voice and be happy with my progress.
Swollen Head Syndrome
I always exercise before mirrors because I love seeing how my body moves and responds to the exercises. I swear I’ve seen changes in my body, even though it hasn’t been a full month. My arm looks a little smaller, oh my legs move differently when I walk, that skirt is little looser than I remember or my collar bones seem a little more pronounced.
I know I won’t see any measurable difference for a few months, but I feel different and I love it!
As always, do what makes you happy and healthy! I’m feeling happy, healthy and a little gassed for my future!