Health and fitness is a newfound passion of mine. I have a feeling I’ll be discussing it quite often here so I thought a good starting point would be to give a little background on my fitness journey so far.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on the chubby side. I’m decent at a lot of things, but I wasn’t blessed with any athleticism. Not even an ounce. I was literally that kid who came in last at every track meet and was always picked last in gym class. Being the type A overachiever that I am, I didn’t like sports because I was bad at it. As a result, I was a lot less active than I should have been growing up.
When it came to food, I was never a picky eater and I ate relatively healthy foods. BUT I picked up bad eating habits at university that continued into my postgraduate and earlier days as a young professional:
- Skipping breakfast, then eating large lunches and dinners
- Eating dinner late at night, close to bedtime
- Drinking and subsequently, indulging in late night eats
- Eating out instead of cooking at home
For many years, losing weight was constantly on my “to do” list and it was the one item that never got checked off. Until recently.
My weight hit an all-time high late last summer at 155 lbs. Considering I’m hovering between 5’1 and 5’2, this weight definitely wasn’t healthy.
In November, I signed up for a gym membership. This was a huge step in the right direction for me. Prior to this, I could probably count the number of times I’d exercised at a gym on one hand.
Since 2013 started, I’ve actually been exercising with a personal trainer (shoutout to Trainer Andy!) and experienced tremendous results. I’ll share specifics in future posts but as the saying goes, a picture – or in this case, two – is worth a thousand words:
Both skirts are exactly the same brand and cut. Pink is one that I wore all last summer and the blue is one that I’ll be rocking this summer. 🙂
Today actually marks exactly 3 months since I started training and I’m about two-thirds of the way through. Weight loss is an obvious primary goal but I’m also using exercise to manage my energy level and to improve my posture. And I admit, it’s also great for stress relief.
Personal training was definitely the right decision for me because I just needed that extra kick in the butt. Whenever people ask, “Why did you start exercising with a personal trainer?”, I like to use this analogy: some students need extra after-school help, like a tutor… I need a fitness “tutor” to help me reach my fitness goals.
I’m also working hard to transform my bad eating habits into good ones:
- Starting the day with breakfast, rich in protein and healthy carbs
- Eating throughout the day to keep my metabolism running
- Refraining from eating after dinner
- Cooking the majority of my meals at home and packing lunches for work
Health and fitness – especially weight loss – is a personal (and often private) journey but I’m choosing to share mine with the world in hopes that maybe it will help someone else.
I’ll be sure to share tips that I pick up along the way in future posts!
Do you have any health and fitness goals?