Well, here we are with just a few days left of 2020. Looking back at previous fitness challenges I’ve set throughout the last year, I’m disappointed in the lack of progress I’ve made. Although some things changed – I’m more mindful of the foods I put into my body and how much I eat – my weight has not budged.
Actually, that’s not true. It has budged. I was down 20 pounds in the spring then COVID happened. This seriously hampered my ability to get out and move around. I’ve been at home most of the past year alone. Not only did this affect my mental health, but it made it challenging to lose weight.
What I am excited for is a move in three months. I’m hoping to find a building that has a fitness centre or concrete walls so I can workout again like I used to. I’m tired of hearing everything my neighbours do all day. It’s time for a change. I don’t think renting a house is feasible right now. So, a condo it is.
To get back on the wagon, I’m upping my game and creating new fitness goals to achieve.
While I’m not obsessing over numbers, I’m still tracking my food. It’s a good habit to get into. Not only can you see how many calories you are eating, but you can also track things like carbs and protein. This is important to me.
I’m aiming for 1200-1500 calories daily, give or take, with a maximum of 100-125 grams of carbs per day. Some days are more. Some are less. And as you all know, keto did not work for me. I actually gained weight while on keto.
I use My Fitness Pal to track calories and exercise. While I know these stats aren’t 100% accurate, they’re good enough for me to see how much I’m eating. And most importantly, the site lets me know if I’m eating too little.
Daily exercise is important. I’m feeling it in my knees. When you have joint issues like arthritis and hypermobility, moving is crucial for joint health. I’ve had pain in my knees for the past two weeks but I know the more I move the less pain I’ll feel. It’s a vicious cycle.
For this reason, I am limited to workouts I can do sitting down or lying down. I rely heavily on my exercise ball, resistance bands, and mini cycle. I do plan on getting some kettle balls but I’ll wait until I move. I won’t list all the workouts I do in this post – you can read about them in related fitness posts.
I need to get back into cooking. With the Christmas break, I relied on finger foods and leftovers from family. I still have half a pie I need to eat too. I tried to be good with the treats but it’s hard. I’m back to intermittent fasting and eating only between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. Which is barely fasting – but it does help curb the cravings.
I aim for two or three meals during the day. Breakfast when I get up, lunch mid-day, and dinner no later than 6:30 pm. I might have a light snack later in the evening but try not to. These snacks include yogurt, popcorn or a piece of fruit.
- Breakfast: bagel or toast, creamcheese or peanut butter, coffee, and sometimes an egg.
- Lunch: raw veggies, hummus, cheese, grapes or berries. Salads, soups or leftovers from the night before.
- Dinner: a casserole, stew, home made soups, usually a hot meal in winter time. This is where I eat most of my protein and include a starch vegetable.
- Drinks: at least four to six cups of water daily, no more than 2 cups of coffee, skim or almond milk, and diet pepsi for that fuzz. Yeah I know, it’s my crack.
I’m going to give myself two months to turn this around. By end of February, I want to be where I was earlier this year. Lots of energy. Getting regular sleep. And just feeling good in general. My sleep has been terrible and I really need to get that back on track.
I also really miss cooking but get bored of it. As a single person, it’s just hard sometimes to cook a full meal for myself. But creating goals like these and by way of this blog, I can hold myself accountable.
What are your fitness goals for the future? Let me know in the comments!
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