I took a break. For five months I took a break. What do you do when you ignore everything you know that’s good for you? The kilos pile back up.
I knew it was going to happen. I let it happen. I didn’t do anything about it for a while. I succumbed to the coldness of the winter and the desire to hibernate.
Then I woke up.
And I’m back on the wagon.
Slowly, I started with little steps. The little steps that will hopefully end up becoming my habit again.
First, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app with the support of my friends. I did three weeks of it then got sick with winter viruses for three weeks. I had to restart. I just finished my first 5K run. After a couple more 5K runs, I’m moving up to 10K in preparation for the fun run we’re doing next year. I pair the running with Yoga stretches which complements it perfectly.
You have no idea how surreal this is for me. I’ve never pushed myself physically before. Mentally and emotionally, yes but physically, never. Even at the height of my karate phase I never entered sparring competitions. It was always just kata because I didn’t want to put myself in that situation.
So conquering even just 5K of running is a big freakin deal. On top of that, I’ve inspired hubby to do the same.
Second, I’ve quit sugar. For over three months now I’ve drastically lowered my sugar intake. I didn’t scream it out loud because I didn’t want to become part of the whole debate. I’m doing my own thing and it’s my own thing. I did it because I’ve always known that sugar is my Achilles Heel. It always has and always will be. I wanted to conquer my weakness. I wanted to get rid of my weakness. It’s not because it’s the latest fad. It’s because I knew I had to. This doesn’t mean I never had ice cream in the last three months. But from having it four to fives times a week, it went down to twice a month.
Third, I quit drinking again. I never really went back to it in the months that I let myself go. But I almost went back to that weekend habit. Now it’s down to once a month.
Fourth, I’ve continued my green smoothie breakfast even during the winter months. I bought myself the Nutribullet after seeing an infomercial while I was lying in my hospital bed in March suffering from salmonella. That infomercial had great timing. It’s quite a good buy and I never regretted it. Even today I don’t eat breakfast anymore. I have my green smoothie of spinach, cucumber, apple, honeydew/cantaloupe with coconut water.
I still have my moments, of course. That packet of chips that just screams to be eaten. Or that free ice cream with your popcorn at the movies. But I’ve never gone back to finishing a whole packet of chips, or eating a whole bar of chocolate in one sitting. I stop now. And that’s such a big deal for me.