I've written before about body image, and I will continue to over the course of my life and this blog. I've given a lengthy explanation/recitation of my experience with weight gain and loss and how that has effected my psyche.
Here's the Reader's Digest version: I was always self conscious about my weight/body until I had our first son. Then I felt like my body was pretty bad ass because it did something that literally no one else in the world could ever do: It took my DNA and Hubby's DNA and created a human. A human. It still baffles me. Yes, I gained a lot more weight than I probably should have, and no I didn't manage to lose all or even most of it before getting pregnant again. To be fair, I didn't really try, I just expected the weight to fall off. Not realistic. Enter pregnancy number 2 and a goal to not gain more than 25 pounds. Goal achieved. In fact, I only gained 20 pounds, so it was a big win for me. 4 weeks postpartum, I dove into 5.0 and I haven't looked back.
I'm not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions, because they always seem to blow up in your face within the first month. That being said, last year I made the decision to be healthier. Goal achieved. I made the daily decision to drink more water (96 ounces or more) and to workout 6 times a week. That sounds like a lot, and in the beginning it was hard, but now I feel weird if I don't do those things.
This year, I've decided to kick it up a notch and I'm going to focus more on what I eat. I've always been bad at nutrition, especially when I'm working out. I think "oh, I'll burn these off later, I can eat what I want now." Not an effective or clever move. I've been meal planning for a couple months now, and it has been improving my diet, but I'm going to put more thought and effort into planning healthier meals with considerably more veggies. I'll finish 5.0 on Friday, and then there's a 2 week gap before I start 6.0. I'm not sure yet what I'll do for that 2 week period, but I guaruntee you I will be working out 6 days a week. I can't let myself slack because I'll get out of the routine and it will be that much harder to get back at it.
I'm also hoping to get a better handle on our finances, but that's a separate post.
2016 was the year of dramatic body change (first getting big with a baby, then slowly chipping away to make it smaller again)
2017 will be the year of completed body transformation and diet improvement.
Let's do this!!
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