I’ve been pondering this post for a while. I started blogging right after Christmas with the intent of doing something for myself and get some projects done. Since then I’ve gained 15 pounds. It got me wondering if there’s a “freshman 15” of blogging? I know there were times when I got wrapped up in getting projects done and posts written and often chose that over getting a work out in. Plus, if you follow me regularly, you know I like to bake. This 15 lbs is on top of the 10 I had gained the year before. This puts me at the weight I was when I went back to work after my maternity leave 5 years ago. Ugh!
If I’m honest with myself, I know it’s not all the blog’s fault. I’ve been traveling a lot for work since the beginning of the year. I had seven trips from the beginning of January through April. When I got home from my trips, I felt bad about spending time away from my family to go to the gym, etc. Plus, eating well when you’re traveling can be difficult. All excuses though, really. I could come up with more – like the fact that I was doing really well going to the gym before the holidays, but I got a terrible respiratory thing for about 4 weeks which derailed me. Work has been extremely busy the last few months and I’ll admit, I’m a stress eater.
Now that it’s summer, none of my clothes fit from last year, and I’m pretty sure the people I work with think I’m pregnant (not yet). I really need to get committed to working out and eating better again. Thus, the reason for this post. While this blog is mostly about crafting, diy projects and sometimes cooking, I figured it was a good place to try to keep myself accountable.
It’s not like I’m not exercising at all, but once or maybe twice a week does not help with results, or really even that healthy. I wear a Fitbit to track my daily activity. I’m committing to get back to the average recommended daily 10,000 steps starting this week. 10,000 = about 5 miles. If I don’t do any sort of exercise, I only get about 3,500 steps in during a day.
See the chart below for my steps from this last week. Monday-Wednesday I was in New York City for work. Monday I did a lot of walking because I had a meetings several blocks away from our office. Tuesday-Thursday, I was pretty stationery. I did pretty well over the weekend. We were busy with a lot of outside activities, and I knew that I was going to do this post today – see the motivation is working! I averaged 7,730 steps per day this week.
I’ll plan to report my previous week’s progress each Saturday or Sunday. I have a few 5k’s coming up in July, so I really need to run consistently (2-3 days per week) if I want to have a chance of actually running and not walking them.
My goals this week:
- Maintain an average of 10,000 steps per day.
- Run 2-3 days this week, making it at least 1.5 miles without walking.
- Drink less diet soda, drink more water.
Do you have health of fitness goals you’re working on? If so, comment and share a link below if you’re blogging about it. We can help keep each other accountable.