Getting Started

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting this blog as I work to get in shape. I want to talk about what I have success with and what I don’t. I expect to maybe share some workout tips, recipes, and anything I find helps with my journey to be a bit more healthy.

Right off the bat, this is Day 2 on my adventure. So far my goals for this week is to run half a mile every day, building up to three-quarters of a mile by Sunday. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s been a while since I’ve run. Yesterday I did accomplish the half mile but it was split up by a walk because my knee started hurting pretty badly.

Among my other goals this week I have: 10,000 steps every day and logging my calories. For my steps, I use the iFitness watch and activity tracker app and for my calories I use Noom. Please note this blog is not sponsored by either company (although hmu). Noom actually does have a pedometer as well but it requires your phone stay on your person most of the day for it to be accurate and as someone who just doesn’t have those pockets, it doesn’t happen. I think I’d like to upgrade to a bit more of a multipurpose smartwatch in the future but for right now, my little one does the trick. My favorite feature so far is the sedetary reminder, which goes off far too often for me.

As far as my weight goals, I’m about 30 lbs overweight but I almost want to push an extra few to get to an ideal. Right now I’m at 172 lbs (Yikes!). I’d like to get to 135 lbs within this summer. My immediate goal for the end of April (which my dad is also trying to meet) is to lose 15 lbs this month.

Real talk, while obesity is an ever growing problem in America and world-wide, just because someone is overweight doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. There are a number of body-types and health aspects that can impact your weight and just because someone is larger doesn’t mean they’re not healthy. In fact, there’s a huge problem with doctors ignoring other health factors and only focusing on weight, particularly in women. We’ll probably talk about that at some point but for now, I want to explain why, then, I am doing this.

For me, it’s that I don’t feel good. My boyfriend and I go on a lot of outdoor adventures and I can’t do much of an incline without getting out of breath. I don’t workout enough, I eat very unhealthy, and overall just don’t have a lot of energy. I’m hoping that by losing some weight I can feel better overall.

So, to summarize, here are my goals (plus a few unmentioned):
1. Lose 37ish lbs
2. Workout 5 times a week
3. Eat healthier
4. Keep track of my calories
5. Move around more
6. Drink more water!
7. Have more energy

I’m super excited to start with you and I hope that you feel free to share any thoughts or tips along the way!