So Road to 200 in August was a bit of a rocky start. But, it’s ok, I’ve took away some things that can help me improve for the month of September. Here is what I learned for the month of August.
IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU– In the past, learning that I developed Type 2 Diabetes was my Wake-Up Call. In the beginning, Mom and I would work out together every day, whether it was going on a walk, or going to the recreation center. She was with me every step of the way. Once I got my momentum going, there were days where she couldn’t workout with me due to work or she wasn’t feeling good. This is when I started to learn to have more confidence in working out by myself. After a while, I had to tell myself that “you need to do this for you.” Don’t worry, that’s still the motivation now with Dad, there are days where he forgets to go jump rope with me, or he’s too tired after getting off of work. I’ll either follow a video on YouTube, or I’ll do something else. As long as you’re moving, that’s all that matters.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– Good news, I am eating healthier. The bad news, I’m not eating enough according to my calorie intake on Fitbit. My plan is the 2500 calorie plan if I’m correct. I’m retraining myself to eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of three regular meals or one big meal. I tried fasting and to be honest, I was fasting for all the wrong reasons. This week, I’m eating cleaner to prepare myself for a four-day cleanse. I got myself “The Urban Remedy” book earlier this year, so that will be my guide to what to do and what not to do during my cleanse for next week. Don’t worry, it’s only for four days, so I will be careful since I am diabetic. But yes, cleaner, leaner meals to help me feel better and more energized. Also, I’ve been keeping up with my food diary because it really helped me realize which foods work for me and which foods do not work for me.
STRETCH YOUR BODY– That’s still something that I either forget to do or don’t do enough after working out. I’m learning from my yoga book that it’s important for me to incorporate yoga into my routine. For instance, I work up refreshed and not tired this morning, but I could have made time to fit in a Yoga session. But, since I didn’t do one this morning, I will do one tonight before I go to bed. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and those are things that I’m trying to improve on with my mental health. So, stretch your body to open up your mind, your body, and your soul.
BEING ACCOUNTABLE– The other reason I created this series was to be accountable to for working out and living a healthier lifestyle. In the past, I never asked anyone to hold me accountable for anything…until now. I’ve had this conversation with my friend Jasmine, my Dad, and now you all, my readers. If you want to share with me your journey to 200 pounds or whatever your goal weight is, just leave a comment down below. So, being accountable can help you get things done in a timely fashion.
STAY POSITIVE– Create a workout playlist that has positive, upbeat tunes. Wear your favorite outfit to feel more confident when you’re working out, create a vision board of where you see yourself a year from now, write down your health goals for the week, the month, and for the year. Whatever you do, do all of this with a smile, and a reminder that starting is the biggest accomplishment you completed when getting back on your health journey.
Ok my lovely readers, I hope this post gets you motivated, inspired, and encourage to start taking care of yourself. Even though these look like uncertain times, this is the time to turn things around and inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. See you all later!
Until next time…