It is completely mortifying to admit this, but just over a year ago, I had several people ask me or suggest to me that I was pregnant based upon my appearance. The truth is, I wasn’t pregnant; I had given up all physical activity and didn’t care what went into my body. So at the end of 2013, I made the conscious choice to change that. Christmas Eve marked one year since I decided to start a new journey… A journey towards fitness and healthier eating.
I took some time around the Holidays this year to look back at how far I’ve come. I dug up some old photos and looked over my workouts from the year. I noticed small changes in my physical structure, I recognized that I’ve become stronger, and have more endurance than I did one year ago. And little by little, I am starting to not even recognize that woman in the mirror.
The results may be small, but this is a journey. It is making lifestyle choices that are better for me, not looking for quick fixes or fast results. It is about establishing habits today that stick with me and make me a better person tomorrow. That’s what this journey has been about. And it will always be a work in progress.
2015 marks a new year of the journey. A new year of pushing myself, setting more goals, and continuing my
struggle good habits with food.
I realized I haven’t posted anything about fitness since October! And haven’t shared my progress since May! YIKES!
So where am I today?
Well, not much has changed on the scale. But that’s okay. I personally don’t like to use the scale as a judge of my progress. In fact, I avoid the scale as much as possible. Most of the time it leaves me feel depressed and forgetting all the hard work I’ve put in. But the truth is that as I gain muscle, fat is disappearing. I’ve lost about 8 pounds since my start. So even though my weight hasn’t changed all that much, my body has seen some huge changes.
The Journey So Far…
I can fit into pants that were once my “someday” pants. I’ve started buying a size smaller tops and jeans. I’ve started to see some muscle definition where there never was any. I lift heavier than I used to. I have more endurance and am able to do more box jumps and burpees in a row. And my measurements show this progress. I was shocked to measure for the first time since May.
|Arms||10 3/4" (1" loss)|
|Waist||31 1/4" (1" loss)|
|Hips||39" (1/4" loss)|
|Legs||20 1/2" (2" loss)|
Simply amazed at these numbers!! Here’s some progress photos. The first photos are screenshots from videos I’ve filmed for this blog. I cannot believe the difference in my FACE! Unreal! And the second set… well, welcome to the gun show! 😉 BAH HAHA! I am so glad y’all humor me. Thank you.
I don’t know about you but when I make goals, they have to be simple. And they have to be attached to some sort of strategy. If I make my goals too specific or complex, I get overwhelmed and stressed out worrying about specifics. I’ve set three very simple and realistic goals for myself this year.
2015 Fitness & Health Eating Goals:
1. Continue Running
I would really like to try for a half marathon or another 10K. I have a couple friends that would love to train for a half, so I think that may be the plan as soon as the weather isn’t below zero. Of course, I have already made plans for several 5ks already this year.
2. Lift More
Ideally I would like to try and lift 2x a week in addition to my average of four times a week Crossfit workouts. I love lifting and it is something I have found I am pretty good at. Luckily enough, I’ve seen the most changes in my body thanks to lifting weights. Strong is the new sexy!
3. Meal Plan More & Continue to Track Food
Last year I did this off and on. I need to get back on track, HA! I track my foods and exercise on MyFitnessPal on my phone. Friend me at jrohrich if you’re on there! My goal is to plan meals two weeks at a time and just during the week. Below is a pretty printable I made to make it easier for me to organize. I filled my two weeks in with meals that have healthy carbs and fats, and try to stick to lean protein.
Here are few great recipes I’ve found so far:
- Protein Packed Breakfast Burrito – Thirty Handmade Days
- Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups – Pumps & Iron
- Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato – Fit Men Cook
- Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Quinoa Bowl – Bake Broil & Blog
For more recipe ideas, you can visit my Pinterest! I pretty much keep a running file of them there!
For a PDF of this printable, click here!
So here’s to a new year of fitness and healthier eating! Here’s to new goals and continuing this journey! I hope you will continue to follow along and share!