hookay, so . . .
I had a very strange thought come through me the recently.
I mean, I have two amazing jobs, live in a beautiful place and have amazing friends and family. most my ‘adult’ life has always been working up towards something. meaning, there was always something crappy I had to deal with until I moved, graduated, had enough money etc.
at this point in time, I am pretty content with hanging on this bar for a bit while soaking up all the experience I can get before I move on to my own projects. with all that said, there are 2 things in my life that could be better.
the one I want to talk about today is my health. as most of you know, I struggle with intuitive eating and exercise etc. out here has been no exception. I threw myself into situations that caused me both stress and happiness which ultimately lead to me staying in the exact unhappy shape that I am in. for the last while, I used the “I don’t know if im going to make it out here/I need a job” excuse . . . and now well, those excuses have completely vanished into the island air.
so, starting this beautiful month of may, I am going to put some serious effort into my health and fitness. I will be active everyday and I am lucky enough to have access to free organic food 4x per week as well as other therapies like a hot tub and sauna. not to mention the fact that I bike to work!
as usual, don’t plan on weighing myself, but I do have a certain dress I bought that ive been wanting to wear. its very . . . short and fitting. and although it looks OK . . .that just isnt good enough.
I wanna rock that bitch.
I also don’t plan to diet either and will use a general outline of how its going to go which I will share with you below:
-low grain (no GF oats)
-1.75 liters of water per day at LEAST
EXERCISE (4/30 – 5/14)
Mon/Wed/Friday – Jillian Michaels SHRED – level 1
Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun – 3.5 mile bike ride (to work)
Other – on days off I plan to be doing something active in addition to the shred which can range from walking to the store to hiking or surfing or whatever happens
I thought about doing daily updates, but that just seems like too much work. what I CAN do is snap pictures of the meals I eat most and throw together a little recap at the end of the week. then if im really dangerous and dilligent, I can show you the dress!
yeah, that sounds good.
do you have any health or fitness goals for this month?
tomorrow marks one month since ive landed on this island. I can definitely say that I have crossed the threshold from visiting to living in hawaii. this means, no matter what happens in my life, I can always say . . . yeah, I lived in hawaii once
with that said, a lot of the newness and excitement has faded and now its really time to start establishing this life of mine for the rest of my time here. so, I scribbled up some goals id like to share. now, im not a huge fan of goals as it seems as soon as I write them, I rebel against them because I feel the need to HAVE to do them. either way im going to try it out once more and not get too crazy like my over-achiever old self.
I broke things down into monthly, weekly and daily since I like to have small steps.
here goes . . .
Finish Pineapple Shirt Design – turns out, eating local here is a big deal. my first t-shirt design back home was a peapod. my other roommate here suggested I do the same with a pineapple and it would be a hit around oahu. id probably be crazy if I didn’t try to cash in with this.
Explore More Of The Island – this is always something im striving for and since I am meeting so many new people and im not afraid to take the bus, I don’t see why this wouldn’t happen
Have My First Surfing Lesson – id also probably be crazy if I didn’t even TRY to surf out in hawaii. that’s kind of like going to my favorite restaurant and just ordering water and toast. luckily my friend is willing to give me a lesson.
Launch New Blog Design – as much as I love my layout, it doesn’t feel like me anymore. ive been working on a new design that is kind of the same with a slight hipster feel. it takes a while to get it just right but im getting there.
Find Another Part-Time Gig – I know I landed an awesome job, but if I don’t find some way to make money in between that will work with the concert schedule, im not sure how much longer I could stay. this actually helps motivate me to move along on my shirt project as I can still make money and make my own hours.
Drop Some Weight By Eating Intuitively & Increasing Activity – im learning so much more here about my relationship with myself/body than I ever did at home. in fact, I even started writing the beginnings of a book! as I continue to learn I hope to help others by sharing my story and what has worked for me.
Go On A Date – im not looking for love, but I do miss companionship and just having someone interesting to share my adventures with. ive never actually actively sought out to go on a date, but I think its time and . . . why not?
Strength Training 3x Per Week – there are a ton of active people out here and that includes some friends I made. as a former personal trainer, I know how important this is and am anxious to jump back on that wagon, gym or not.
Cardio 4x Per Week – I don’t think cardio should be in ‘sessions’ but ive been going for short runs at night fairly often. when I don’t, I take heed in the fact that I walk at LEAST 3+ miles a day . . . that counts too and I like it.
1-2 Meals Out – im beginning to feel the wrath of the food inflation around here and its not pretty. when I first got here I was comfortable with taking myself to lunch or grabbing some oatmeal from starbucks because it was easy and I was already out. now that my money is starting to burn up, I need to be more wise about cooking and eating more at home. shouldn’t be a problem, im a chef right?
Participate In Blog-land – ill be transparent here and tell you that I really would like my blog to be more popular. my current salary im pulling from my ad is not significant. I know I need to blog more frequently and participate in others while keeping things authentic around here.
3 Bottles Of Water – maybe it’s the heat and humidity, but I really feel different when im not hydrated. ive been making it a goal to drink more water and I have no excuse since I bought one of those fancy bottles with a filter built in. drink up!
Only Eat When Seated – this is a cardinal rule of intuitive eating and for me it really makes a difference when I stop and sit down before shoving something in my face.
Journal – as much as I love having a place for my thoughts, a lot of them are kept privately in my head or in a notebook. I am actually going to start a private blog to track daily thoughts/ramblings because I want to keep track of this journey in every way.
Quality Meals – I also have been feeling a huge difference in my hunger when my meals are ‘off’. for instance, having millet puffs for dinner will only take me so far, but having something like a beans and rice combo really creates good fuel to last me a while as it contains carbs & protein etc . . . you know the deal.
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looks like i got my work cut out for me in the next 29 days . . .