Feliz día de Reyes and Happy Monday!
Yes, you are reading that title correctly. A 90-Day transformation has commenced and I'm challenging myself to a live a healthier lifestyle. Not only am I transforming my life, I am also challenging my family and anyone else who would like to join the challenge as well (Use hashtag #LCJ90DayChallenge and share your journey on social media).
Here's the breakdown:
I currently weigh about 156 pounds. Which means I have gained about 16 pounds.
I'm in my mid-20's and my body has been storing a lot of fat, way more than before, in places that I don't wish it was going... *cough* my mid-region!
I never exercise and when I go up three flights of stairs I'm usually out of breath.
Carbs and bread are definitely my comfort foods.
The feeling of my body always being tired and drained with zero energy was constant.
For these reasons and many more I've decided it's time to fix this issue! Of course, now that it's the New Year it was time for a fresh start and perfect to get ahold of my health before it's too late. So here we are on day #8 of the challenge. So, let's take a look back at the first seven days and some challenges we faced throughout the week.
My goals for the first week:
Workout 4 days.
Drink only water and stay hydrated.
Eat and cook as healthy as possible.
I ended up working out only 3 days out of the 4, buying a 50.7 FL. OZ. bottle of water that I'll continue to refill, and ate pretty darn healthy all week long.
My takeaways from the first week:
I don't do well without some kind of structure. When I'm on vacation or it's the weekend, if I don't have anywhere to go then that means I am definitely going to be editing and working on recipes. This means that whether I have to go to my day job or in the Caribbean catching a tan, I definitely need to set time aside to workout.
Being dehydrated is a very easy thing to let happen. Just like setting the intention of working out, if I don't schedule time or force myself to do it, drinking water just isn't happening. Which is why I purchased a large obnoxious water bottle that is an eyesore which forces me to drink water.
Eating healthy can really be enjoyable when done right! Salads don't have to be boring but they can also be unhealthy, watch out for that dressing!
I am not as unfit as I thought I was. Exercising three days this past week showed me that my body can do it, but my will to do it isn't always strong.
Working out and staying dedicated has proven to be a task that is difficult to do... however, it is not impossible. The feeling I receive after exercising is totally worth all of the effort and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me and the limits my body can go. Whether it's getting healthier, staying focused on my platform, or going after one of my goals–I am going to continue using this same effort. When you really want something badly you will find a way for it too happen. No excuses, no bullsh*t. My main goal is to be healthier and to have a fitter body, that is the bigger picture. When we lose focus on the bigger picture we allow the little things get in the way. That's why for the second week of my challenge I am focusing more on not losing focus. I highly encourage you to put this practice to whatever your goal may be. If you remember that end goal you will remain dedicated and continue to do so.
I am back at work this week after a little over two weeks of a winter break. I am well rested and feel literally "brand new". Without this refocus I don't think I'd be able to do this challenge. Now that I'm here my goal for this upcoming week is to work even harder at taking care of my body and learning to push the limits. This week you can find me at the gym learning to run faster, learning to lift weights properly, and figuring out which gym equipment will help me get the body I aiming for.
My hopes for you this week are that you are putting huge efforts to those intentions we set and learn what steps you need to take to get there. Let's make this happen!
Speak to you soon,