This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately... it's cold out!

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately… it’s cold out!

Way back in February, I wrote a post on how I felt about my body since the birth of my daughter. In that post I listed 12 things I was going to do to improve both my body and my mindset about it. I even did a follow up post in April sharing my progress and promising to check in monthly. Since then? Silence. Crickets. Sorry about that.

I was planning to post again in mid-May, and it’s now mid-July, so it’s been closer to 90 days. Life got in the way. The important thing is I’m back on the wagon. You can probably guess that my weight loss/fitness journey pretty much stagnated, but I just did my measurements and I’ve still lost another 1.3kg and a total of 9.5cm (thank you breastfeeding!). It’s not an amazing result (it’s a little less than I did in one month of solid effort previously), but it’s progress. And those 12 things I was going to do regularly? Well:

  1. Stop weighing myself constantly. Take measurements instead and check them a maximum of once a week. Result: Nope, I weigh myself constantly. Maybe that’s just who I am!
  2. Have a remedial massage at least once a month. Result: This is actually happening!
  3. Drink more water – aim for a minimum of 2 litres a day. Result: I’m not sure on exactly how much, but I am drinking a lot more water now I’m back at work part-time. The benefit of a desk job is a big jug of water constantly on my desk.
  4. Go for a long walk (45 minutes +) at least 3 times a week. Result: I don’t specifically go out for a walk, but I do walk to and from work 3 times a week (about 25 mins each way), so I guess I am actually doing this by default.
  5. In addition to walking, do two ‘proper’ workouts a week. Result: I’ve rejoined the gym and am trying to go during my lunch breaks when I’m at work. I am averaging 2 days a week, so it’s a tick for this one.
  6. Get out of the house each day to get some fresh air and sunshine. Result: Success! It’s a rare day I don’t do this.
  7. Eat more vegetables. Result: I probably need to quantify this more, but even without doing that I know I definitely don’t eat enough vegetables. Fail.
  8. Take all of my vitamins Result: I’m still terrible at this one – all the more reason to eat well!
  9. Use at least one of my daughter’s naps to do something for me (not chores). Result: Since I’m back at work now, this doesn’t happen. The days I have off I’m desperately trying to do chores when I can! To be honest I should probably scratch this one.
  10. Ten minutes of stretching per day Result: I completely forgot I even made this a goal…
  11. Limit takeaway/dining out to three times a week. Result: I probably get takeaway once a week and eat out at a café once on a weekend. Room for improvement.
  12. Banish negative self-talk. Result: I don’t think it’s possible to be completely successful at this goal, but it’s here to remind myself to try.

For the next month, I probably need to work on going to the gym regularly, and eating much better than I do currently. Some more sleep would be wonderful too, but unfortunately it’s my daughter that dictates that!

I’ll to check in mid-August with another update. Promise!

Are you currently on a health journey? Do you have any great tips? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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