Man. Where do I even start. I’m not going to lie to you. I have not been feeling the most body confident lately. Not only am I in the worst shape I’ve ever been in physically but I just feel out of shape in general. Like, I’m 28 and get out of breath running up stairs. Not okay. But guess what – I’m not letting that keep me down, make me depressed, etc….I’m making a change (or a few actually!). Read on for the five things I’m doing to get my ass in gear this summer!
I Got a Trainer
Let’s face it. I have basically zero motivation to get myself to a gym. I’ve been working out twice a week for the past three weeks with a good friend of mine (which by the way won’t be my friend for much longer – he’s totally kicking my ass). He’s a personal trainer and currently pursuing a few different certifications in fitness and nutrition so what better way to get on a real workout schedule #amiright. So far, it’s going really good (I think). I already feel a little stronger and the accountability factor is huge. I don’t find myself slacking off like I would if I was working out by myself.
I Also Got Classpass
Again. No self motivation to get to a gym. I love love love getting to try new gyms and classes around town. Spin and pilates have become my absolute favorite workouts. Like I’m low key obsessed. I also love that it gives you the option to vary things up a bit. By the way, this is not written in partnership with them. I pay the $100/month (blah) for 10 classes per cycle. I wish it was unlimited and I wish I could go to the same studio more than 3 times but it’s definitely worth it for me. I liveeee for a group class! (if you want to try it, use my code for $40 off your first month)
I’m Doing Whole30(ish)
I’ve shared a few times how much I love doing Whole 30. While it totally sucks at first, I’ve never noticed such a huge difference in my health, body, etc. I’m traveling a bunch this summer so it wasn’t totally feasible to do it 100% of the time so instead I’m trying to do follow the Whole30 rules with at least 2 meals per day. This means those meals can’t have dairy, grains, sugar, preservatives, etc. I’m also trying to stay away from the Starbucks drinks and instead do blended cold brew + bananas + almond milk.
I Don’t Obsess
I haven’t always had the best relationship with food and weight loss. I don’t want to get into a ton of detail in this post specifically but towards the end of college and right after graduating, I struggled with an eating disorder. I was also exercising 2-3 times a day. It was bananas. And I just wasn’t healthy physically, emotionally or mentally. I was literally obsessed with what I thought an ideal body looked like and even after I got better, I still was one of those crazy calorie counters, fat pinchers. But with time and maturity, I’m finally in a place where I don’t obsess over my journey – or lack thereof. I have great days: I workout twice (in a healthy way), eat balanced meals, get lots of rest and give myself all the positive vibes. I also have bad days. Two days ago for example…I ate McDonalds for dinner. But instead of hating myself for it, I made up for it the next day and totally enjoyed those fries and McNuggets.
I Still Have Fun
This kind of goes hand in hand with the above – but I’m not restricting things or dieting or keeping the fun out of my life. I’m still drinking my cocktails, going out dancing, staying out late, eating what I want when I’m hungry, etc. That happiness alone is definitely helping me stay on track because it makes the healthier aspects of my lifestyle seem less daunting and more sustainable. I also try to keep my workouts fun and different instead of running on a treadmill every day. You gotta switch things up!