Checking In

So far, we’re keeping about a C average on this Glow Up challenge. Here’s where I’m at.

Where I’m doing well

I’m trying to be more conscious about what I’m eating. When we go out I don’t over eat. I still do have some unhealthy trends but I’m working on it. I’m doing some small workouts.

Where I need to do better

Even though I’m eating a bit better, I’ve gone of my meal plan. I’ve had a lot of family in town which results in going out a lot and getting away from a routine. I’ve been doing some of a skin care routine but not all of it. And the workouts need to be everyday.

How I’m feeling

I think ultimately disappointed in myself. I’m supposed to be trying to improve myself but because it’s been a stressful and busy few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up. I think I’d feel better all around if I just stuck to the plan.

How I’m going to change this

It’s not too late. We’re going to redo my meal plan and routine to something more doable and get back into action.

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30 Day Glow Up Challenge

This challenge isn’t dissimilar to how this blog got started or where I came up with the name, but I still think it would be fun.

I’ve seen a few variations of the challenge but in essence, it comes down to this:

  1. At least a little exercise everyday.
  2. 5 bottles of water per day.
  3. Follow a skin care routine.
  4. Have a get-ready/hygiene routine in general.
  5. Eat better.
  6. Put down your phone for an hour.
  7. Be nicer to people around you.
  8. Be confident in yourself.

Essentially it seems like a “Commit to being your best self for 30 days” challenge.

We’re going to start this for August so we have a few days now to get ready. Here’s my plan:

I want to create a solid meal plan and grocery lists for the month. I do all my grocery shopping using City Market pickup and if I don’t have a plan, I end up eating out. If I get everything organized now, I have no reason to not follow through.

I also want to have a gym workout routine with rewards and fall backs for when I can’t manage it that day so I still do something.

I may invest in a different water bottle or several so there’s a rotation but we’ll see about that.

If I feel too overwhelmed, I think I’ll allow myself a total of 3 cheat days so I can have an off day and get back to it.

I’m going to look into a new skin care routine since mine now is really just… Wash your face ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Essentially, I’m going to take the next few days and plan and we’ll soon be on our way! Wish me luck!

What I’ve Learned So Far and Day 9 Update

It’s been a bit over a week now that I’ve been consistently working out and honestly, I have a lot of thoughts.

The difference isn’t immediate

For one thing, it’s almost hard to say if I feel better or not. I always kind of figured that if I was working out consistently and eating better, I’d notice the difference right away. I will say that I think I have a bit more energy overall.

That goes for your weight too

I also thought that I’d see a bigger drop in my weight-loss right off the bat. A lot of people and blogs have said that there’s a big drop at the beginning and then it kind of plateaus. It’s possible that I just haven’t hit that point yet, but for right now, it just seems to be at a steady, healthy level of weight-loss. I’ve dropped about two pounds and am optimistic that I can lose a bit more soon.

Finding a good middle-ground

In the past I’ve gone into getting in shape really hard and with little to no build up. This time I think I’ve found a really good pace that is definitely pushing me, but it’s not pushing so hard that I can’t keep going. It’s one of the biggest problems I’ve had. Everyone’s middle-ground is going to be different too. Mine feels so low but I’ve worked up to running a mile and I’m starting to feel better about my basic routine.

Counting calories is so hard!

The most important thing starting off is to just LOG EVERYTHING. You really have to get into a good habit of recording everything you eat (and drink if it’s not water). It’s super tempting right off the bat to lie to your calorie counter. “I only ate 15 chocolate covered raisins, plus 10 you don’t need to know about” only hurts you in the long run. Your calorie counter couldn’t care less if you lie to it. It’s YOU who should care. Now that I’m starting to get into that good habit, the next step is actually cutting back on calories. That’s super hard too. The best advice I’ve seen for it is to change your mindset. Don’t focus on how much it sucks you can’t have ice cream or how it will make you skinny to skip that dessert. Instead focus on whether or not you’re hungry to begin with or if that food option is the one that’s going to make you feel best long term.

Find a rewards system

We are reward oriented. It’s so helpful to have a reward system set up for yourself so you can get through the day-to-day. Focusing long term can be super hard. Yes, long term your reward is feeling better and maybe something else you’ve promised yourself down the road. But it can make it easier if you also promise yourself small things like “If I stay below my calorie count this week, Friday I can have frozen yogurt!”

My Day 9 Mini Update

I want to see rewards so bad. Today was a rest day so I just did a mile at the gym. I’ve got a lot going on and I’m not sure when I’ll have time for everything. Just have to focus on moving one step in front of the other, I suppose.

My Second Week Workout and Day 8 Update

It’s the first day of Week 2 in my health journey and I’m so excited to keep going. I had a super early run this morning and I still need to get in my HIIT workout for the day (if you guys are interested in seeing what I’m doing, you can find that workout here). My biggest issue hasn’t actually been with keeping up my workouts, but more with counting my calories. It’s just so ingrained in me that I want to snack, it’s hard to resist in the name of weightloss.

As for what I’ve included in my second week workout and why, my bare minimum is to do cardio every day. Most days that means at least a mile on the treadmill, but I’ve included the stair climber and elliptical on one day to help me train for going on more hikes this summer. The end goal there is to not be panting on a 1 mile trail. Since the stairs are a bit higher impact I thought I’d split that day with a low impact elliptical run to finish it off.

The HIIT workouts are intense but a fun challenge and really push you to your limit. I’m still modifying the planks and burpees a bit, but we’re getting better. Later this week, I’ll post exactly what my arm, leg, and core day workouts look like so you can train with me if you’d like.

On a final note, I’m so happy to be a part of Amazon’s Affiliate program, especially because I get to share with you guys a special offer for Audible. I love listening to audio books when I workout, especially Harry Potter. And right now, if you guys sign up for a free trial through my link here, you get TWO free audio books. It’s such a great tool for your day, and you can help support this blog!

Motivational Monday #1

I thought it’d be cool to do a weekly motivational post because I know I need a boost, so maybe I can spread some good vibes.

For those just getting started:

The mere fact that you’re starting is awesome! It’s the first step down a path that may not be easy or fun the whole time, but it’s definitely worth it. With each day that you keep going you prove to yourself how strong you are. You’re doing what you need to in order to make your body strong and healthy. Just remember that it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, so pace yourself and keep moving forward.

If you feel like you can’t keep going:

The best advice I’ve ever heard is to assume that everyone is doing the absolute best they can do. Sometimes the best you can do for that day isn’t the same as everyone else’s best or even your best from the day before. It’s okay. Do what you can. The most important thing is that you don’t just stop. When you’re running and you get out of breath, it’s easier to get your pace back if you slow down to a jog instead of stopping outright. Rest days and light days are good for you and help you to keep going! Even if you just go for a walk today, it’ll make it easier for you to get back to your workout tomorrow. You’ve got this.

Original Photo by Nandhu Kumar from Pexels

If you missed a workout or broke your diet goals:

It can be easy to get down on yourself for it, but it won’t help. Instead of focusing on what you did wrong, name one thing you did right and one thing you’ll do moving forward. This way you can be proud of your accomplishments and have goals to focus on. This isn’t to say you should ignore your mistakes. Simply acknowledge what you can do differently next time so you can learn and do even better.

Day 6 Quick Update: I lost weight!

I’m not sure what amount of weightloss is really reasonable to celebrate but I’ve officially lost two pounds as of this morning. I did a pretty light workout today because the last few days have been so hard. Tomorrow is the last day to meet my updated weekly goal of running one full mile in one go. Maybe the rest will help and I can do it all in one go. Either way, progress is progress.

I feel like I’ve kind of been skimping on blog content and I don’t have anything ready for today. Lots of ideas and partially completed projects, but none worthy to put up quite yet. Among my plans include: more healthy recipes, healthy meal plans, workout schedules, and motivational pieces. If you guys want to see anything specific, please let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, I promise to have some new content for you soon.