I am enjoying the pun in the title slightly too much. 😝
Now that we’re in April (!!), I wanted to summarise March almost in diary-form (I say almost since this is a monthly affair, not daily). Did you guess? Today’s tone is more casual and a stream of consciousness. This is in response to my earlier post, Embarking on a Fitter Journey + Why, and will be the first of many.
I wasn’t initially going to write progress posts but I think this exercise will benefit me greatly. Sometimes it’s too much to keep up with new changes and habits, so it’s just easier to record it in one place so that I can unravel my thoughts and decide what works, what doesn’t. Also – I figured that being open has helped A LOT in this process so far, so why not continue being open?
- I am waking up earlier and have been slowly improving my morning routine which includes making my bed, having a good breakfast, a quick but effective skincare routine.
- I am still drinking coffee although some days, I sub it for green tea instead. I have started reducing the sugar in my coffee though.
- Speaking of coffee, I only had 2 Chai Lattes in the whole of March. That’s a big deal for me! Next time, I am thinking of ordering an Americano because I checked and found that the calories are a lot less.
- I am drinking a lot more water than before. It still doesn’t reach the requirement though (probably about 50%) but that is huge progress for me.
- I have been sleeping a bit too late recently. Clearly, this is a problem and I need to prepare myself for sleep sooner. I should eradicate technology once I’m lying on the bed…I think this is the problem!
- Otherwise, I’ve been having a rather positive mindset since incorporating new diet and fitness habits in my lifestyle. I am feeling good. 😊 (See below)
- It was my first time meal-prepping a few weeks ago and I have to say, it is a very useful technique! I learnt that it’s much easier to eat healthy this way, especially if you’re on-the-go/in work or just like the convenience. It’s harder to back-out of healthy eating if you prepare well. You also look forward to eating what you made. It’s refreshing.
- Admittedly, I have only been making salads for dinners but I love salads and don’t see this as punishment or starvation. Can we just talk about how some people put such negative thought on salads?! I am making a new salad every few days to keep things exciting. 😝
- Of course, I will learn to make other dishes but for now, I want to focus on salads because it’s such a good way to get a lot of nutrients in.
- I have been snacking on bananas, dried fruits and nuts whenever I feel a bit peckish. It curbs my appetite and stops me committing a fault.
- The biggest change I’ve seen so far (other than no bloating) is glowing skin! This has become my biggest motivator. Some of you might know about my eczema/psoriasis. My dry patch is looking and feeling great. The redness has reduced significantly which I assume is because of all the anti-inflammatory foods I’ve been eating. It’s been a long process but I can’t wait to see it fully healed! I actually feel great in my own skin that I could cry (at least inside).
- Not once did I break my newly adapted dinner habit. Even when I didn’t have my salads, I’d have sushi on hand. I even declined a chocolate cake* kindly by putting it back in the fridge. (Sorry mum.) I am proud of doing that.
*It was my dad’s birthday. I am actually not that much of a sweet-tooth nowadays.
- I made sure to start fixing my diet first before doing anything fitness-related. I think that has helped me a lot in feeling positive and staying motivated. Nothing worse than doing the work but having no nutrients for your muscles to feed on, and then actually feeling like crap because you ate like crap.
- Obviously it’s not my first time working out but certainly, it’s my first time doing it alongside real healthy eating. I am noticing that I have more sustained energy now.
- I am following Cassey’s (Blogilates’) PIIT28 program which I bought over a year ago but never completed. It’s a mixture of HIIT and Pilates (hence PIIT) and I’ve been really enjoying it. I haven’t followed the program in terms of being active 6-days-a-week but I am managing 4 which isn’t too shabby considering that I’ve been inactive for a while.
- I am learning to be kind to myself, yet firm and disciplined. I feel that I have found the right balance which again, I could cry because self-care is such a long process but I’m here, and feeling thankful! 🙂
Goals for April
- Cut out white bread and try out dark rye bread
- Continue upping my water intake
- Start meal-prepping some breakfasts
- Learn some new recipes to stay food-inspired
- Continue challenging my body with the PIIT28 program (and complete it)
It’s my first time making such a bullet-pointed post but what a great way to get my thoughts down! It’s hard to believe that it’s April but I can’t wait to see what I achieve in this month. I have been feeling very…mind-positive? This has definitely made everything a lot easier although it’s not an easy journey but…one step at a time. I got this.
Also – thank you for your comments from my last post where I announced the start of this journey. You probably don’t know it but I felt so overwhelmed by the love and support that I really think it motivated me even more. So thank you.
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