There is no questioning or deep thought needed here. I have accepted a fit lifestyle. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut though. For several reasons.
For starters, I am still not in a gym routinely. I know, I know. How so-not-like-me. I belong in a gym. If you need to catch up, here is the reason I stopped going.
In the past, I tried several of these at-home workout DVDs. Envy Girls was honestly a pretty good one, which came with 5 discs, each targeting a different group of muscles. I borrowed Carmen Electra’s strip tease from my cousin. All I learned how to do toss a fedora and look sexy while doing it. (At least I thought so.) Denise Austen made it into my collection as well, but I cursed every minute I spent with her. P90X as well.
These gym-less solutions are alright if I were not easily distracted. My house life is a distraction.
While I’m waiting in limbo, I found that making up my own workouts in the garage is actually working. This provides some separation, relieving me of duties for a bit. (Not gonna lie, it’s really hard to ignore the washing machine when it’s right there.)
I am still healing from my last pregnancy. Our #4 really did my body in. I have tummy muscle troubles, resulting from diastisis recti (separation of muscles) and there are some workouts that can’t be done without possibly furthering the damage. I happen to love ab workouts too.
Instead, I have been doing my special exercises to strengthen my transverse abdominals and I really think it’s working! It will take time, especially since I was not doing these 6 weeks or so after #4. There’s more to this story, but another time. Ask your doc about when you can start these.
The next best thing I can possibly do for myself is eat properly, which is the one thing I am actually quite proud of. (Have you seen me on Instagram?!) It’s not as challenging as I thought it would be, cutting out a lot of terribly delicious carbs (like cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, homemade bread, etc). I also cut out boxed and packaged foods, and eat as close to fresh as possible. Increasing my protein intake wasn’t hard either; I accepted the chicken life with ease.
Buying protein is the next step, which to me is so hard! It’s like standing in the oil aisle at an automotive shop. They all pretty much do the same thing, right? I am in the middle of a trial can, and it seems to be going down alright. Some of them taste horrible and I can’t help but gag.
Ugh. A challenge for another day.
What are some challenges you face on your path to fitness?