Everything around me has changed. From my physical location, to my everyday routines, and now, by God’s grace and some good old hard work, my exercise and eating habits. I’ve learned over the last few weeks that change comes in stages, and one of those stages is when we fight against it—usually in the beginning. But then, comes acceptance, and deciding how you are going personally face the challenges that life gives you. How you are going to tackle them, and win.
Besides deciding to live in a new country, and all the changes that come with moving house, relocating, and starting all over again, I am also looking at myself both on the inside and the outside, and it’s time to make more changes there, too.
Physically, I really want to get my pre-baby body back. I had a C-Section birth and the recovery took very long. So for the next year and a half, I used my wounds as an excuse to not exercise properly, or at least to not prioritize it. Second, my job (and what a great job!) of testing out the best resorts and restaurants in the country, gave me delicious chances nearly every day to EAT. I love eating—all kinds of food. And, I love drinking. There were buffets every week, beer buckets every night.
So now, I’m rethinking my every day habits, what I’ve got used to doing, how my body has been used to reacting to everything. It’s not easy with a two year old (no more nanny!—another huge change!) to exercise every day, but I am determined to make it work. I am getting inspiration from others who have succeeded before me, staking out their websites and blogs, and challenging myself to home workouts every day.
A couple of the workout videos I use are:
Insanity by Beachbody.com
Home Workouts with BodyRocker.tv
…and then, just transitioning from sitting at a desk most of the day, to chasing my toddler around seems to have done wonders for my energy level. I am exhausted at the end of the day, yes, but it’s a different type of exhaustion (as opposed to feeling stuffed and tired from all that eating at some event!) and I am excited to get back on track.
As hard as it is to do this in Western Europe, with all the good food around, I’ve been trying my best to change my eating habits—more salads and fruits instead of wurst, cheese and beer, almost no rice since leaving Asia. I love my red wine at night, and this is still my indulgence.
I know that getting to a healthy fitness level is a mind/body/soul journey. I want fast results, yes–but I also know that long-term results mean changing my lifestyle, not just crash-dieting for a week.
So at this point, I am two kilos down since Christmas—not a whole lot, but that’s a huge deal for me, since making a conscious decision to set my mind—and my body—to this. Now, I am publicly putting it down here so that it will force me to stick with the progressing stage.
Here’s hoping I can stay focused, active, and make these lifetime changes in the best way possible. I’ll keep you updated!