It’s nearly the end of the year. I thought I would like to update myself (and if you are reading) about my thoughts on fitness, food and body image. I have written about scales talk, food judgement, and also my fitness routine. Things have changed since Feb 2015!
There are many reasons. One is that I truly believe fitness is a journey. It does sound cliche, but the more I work out, the more I’m realising other reasons to do so. Yes, it started off as aesthetics, then it was the fear of returning to where I was. Gradually it became a competition with myself on how far I can push my body. Now, I’m at a space where I work out to feel good, be healthy, have energy, be strong and have fun. Do I want to pump out more pull ups? Oh you bet I do! Do I want to run faster, yep or tackle heavier weights? it’s there.
I have also learned though, that it is ok to take breaks. I used to feel SO bad about missing a session. Now, if I missed one, over the weekdays, I might choose to let it go, do something on my usual rest day, or turn on a HITT session. A good stretch or remedial massage is a fitness session too.
Another big change is that my really really awesome gym closed in July 2015. I.grieved.big.time. Thankfully, the people that I work out together felt the same way and so we decided to do something about our grief and channelled it into our own workout sessions. We even have a name! I just have to remember it.
I have a workout buddy now too. We decided that we want to continue the momentum and practice kettle bells. We bought some equipment and transformed one of my living areas into a home gym.
My current work out routine
Thursday- HITT or KBs
Friday- Rest day
Sunday- Rest day
Active rest days are the best. I walk, swim, run around, dance with Asher or do a BIG stretch.
The biggest change of course is probably my mindset.
I tracked food in June after discovering a couple of my pants became a little too tight (aka bursting) for my liking. I turned a notch down in snacking and returned to just sensible 3 meals with a snack before workout. I practiced being kind to myself and slip a coffee when I need or feel like one instead of berating myself for too much caffeine. I savoured dark chocolate and ate my berries. I continued to do what I used to do- which is to ask myself is the food item for pleasure or nourishment or both. Enjoying my food rather than freaking out.
I stopped weighing myself.
Surprise surprise. My pants fit, I’m feeling better and I actually conquered turkish get ups. Plus hit a few PB with lifting weights.
So what’s next?
- Install a pull up bar
- Continue to practice sensible eating.
- Continue with weights and hopefully able to deadlight heavier
- Be kind to self
Speaking of kindness, we are not in the US and I am more than aware that pumpkin season is sort of over. Here in my household though, it feels like pumpkin season is weekly. Asher is into pancakes and here is my attempt to include in a good dose of antioxidants and beta-carotene in him. A dollop of coconut yogurt or yogurt completes it. Or if you are Asher, plain is the best way.
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin mashed or pureed
- 1.4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or milk of your choice
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- optional- 1 tbsp of honey or sweetener of your choice
- Heat pan with oil. Whisk all ingredients together. Spoon onto pan. Flip when there are bubbles on one side.