My New Year’s Resolution is NOT to have a resolution that involves weight or clothing size. Too many times we pin our hopes on a quick fix, which is the American way. Need a meal in a hurry? Go to Mickey D’s. Need a prescription in a hurry? Try drive through pharmacies. Everything in our society is based on what we want, and getting it in a hurry.
Not this time. In the past, I have started out New Year’s with telling myself, “I’m going to lose those ten pounds.” Or “I’m going to fit into a size 2” (not since middle school, friends). This time, I am going to go about my fitness in a different way.
I started my journey into bodybuilding with a little bit of a quick fix mentality. Take these supplements, cut out these carbs, exercise x amount of times per week with x amount of reps, and voila! Banging body in no time. I soon came to realize that, as with anything that is worth it, there is some waiting involved.
As I neared the holidays in 2008, I was happy to realize that I was down a few pounds. I really wanted to maintain that loss, but ended up gaining two pounds over the holidays. In years past, that alone would have sent me into a spiral into hell mood downswing. But this year, I pulled up my bootstraps, sucked it up in the gym, cut out some crap in my diet that had creeped in, and now I’m happy to say that I have not only lost those two, but also another pound as well.
I have also found another exercise to love. YOGA. There, I said it. But I am not talking about some ohming in a lotus position. I am talking about vinyasa power yoga. That stuff kicks my ass! And I feel really good afterwards, which is an added bonus. Somehow, I don’t think I was stretching my muscles enough with my current routine, and boy, does vinyasa stretch those muscle fibers.
With that being said, I also have tried to figure out a way of eating that is not too extreme….something I can live with that is a way of life, not just a fad to get to some bodybuilding goal. I still have to watch my carbs, as they are my downfall, but I am finding that searching out new recipes like in my last post is good motivation to try tasty new dishes.
I am now back on track to reach my goals this year. Not a number on a scale. Not a size on a rack. I am looking to build a better body by building a better healthy lifestyle, with more fun, more activity, more food (imagine that!), more time with friends, and more time for ME!