It’s been a long time since my last post. Lots of exciting things have happened in the past three months so let’s catch up.
Independent to Permanent
My last post was about the decision to leave the corporate world to venture out as an independent contractor. For a year I worked independently for a company who believed in my idea and appreciate my hard work. As of June of this year, I became a part of their team on a permanent basis and still get to work from home. Yay! It feels great to be a part of a company that their values are aligned with my own. I’m looking forward to an exciting and busy year with future opportunities.
If you missed my original post in May here it is below.
The Decision I Made That Changed My Life
This year on my fitness journey my goals were to continue to get in better shape for 5Ks, run one every month, shave 5 to 6 minutes off my time and drop 20 lbs. I’m proud to say I have stayed committed to my goals except for the 5K every month; there were a few months I missed.
31-Day Challenge x 2 At the end of June I decided to create a fitness challenge because I was getting bored with the same old routines. I came up with 31 Days of Running in July. I thought if I run for 31 days and exercise maybe that would help me get in better shape, lose a few pounds and shave a couple of minutes off my time. I reached out to my online friends to see if they were interested and we came up with 31-Day Challenge for those who didn’t want to run. The 31-Day Challenge was to exercise 31 minutes for 31 days. Once I had it all together, I created an event on Facebook so we could post our updates, motivation, challenges and successes. It turned out so well, we did the 31-Day Challenge again for the month of August.
Things I’ve Learned Along The Way
The Do’s and Don’ts
1) Do determine your willingness for exercise. Are you ready for your life to change? If you are not, then you won’t stick to an exercise program or your goals. Your mental attitude is one of the most important things when committing to a lifestyle change.
2) Do tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness program and get a medical exam to make sure you are healthy enough to start.
3) Do choose exercises you really enjoy. Most likely you’ll give up if you don’t enjoy the workout routine. Therefore make sure you choose the right activity like walking, running, zumba, jazzercise and many others for you to enjoy while working out.
4) Don’t set out of reach expectations. We all have huge expectations when it comes to our fitness routine. Be prepared for setbacks. There will be days you will miss a workout, bad eating and plateaus where you feel that there isn’t any progress.
5) Don’t beat yourself up! Recognize that setbacks will happen and make adjustments in your routine and get back on track.
6) Don’t go over the top. Make sure you know how to do every exercise properly and safely. Injury is one of the biggest reason why exercising fails.
7) Don’t try to lose weight quickly. Set a goal on a monthly basis versus a week. For example my goal is to lose 3 lbs a month. Even though it may not sound like a lot it adds up. Take the time to learn how to have a positive mindset, to eat healthy foods, measure the right portion size, and exercise. There are many great fitness and health websites and coaches that have educational information to help you on your journey.
31 Days of Running
As I started out struggling to make it to the end; I’ve seen my endurance and stamina increase during my runs where now I can make it to the end and finish strong. I was able to push myself each day to get better on my breathing, pace and shaving my time. I just recently completed a 5K and I’m happy to say since my last race in May, I have shaved 2.50 minutes off my time! Hard work pays off!
United Way Hustle for Health 2012
I’ve learned a lot about exercise, running, metabolism, healthy foods and their ingredients and calories, required daily amounts of water, proteins, carbs, and fats, healthy cooking and new recipes. I saw so much improvement in my energy throughout the day because of exercising and eating the right foods. I’ve lost more inches than weight – not as much as I hoped for but the ball is rolling!! I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I can do.
Being on this fitness journey has helped me identify and change a small number of my bad habits. It has also condition my mind to be more conscientious about what I eat to energize and revitalize my body. So even though this challenge is over I will continue exercise, run and eat healthier food.
I want to give a quick thanks to everyone who participated in the challenges and a special thanks to Julie Walraven, Design Resumes, who wrote an awe-inspiring blog about it. I have posted it below.
The Challenge of Life in General