back on the horse

Despite the title, this post is not about riding a horse. It is actually about getting healthy again. I just wanted to clarify that for anyone who read the title and became excited about horses. 

But I digress...

It is time to get back on that horse. It is time to get healthier.

I had a doctor's appointment about a month ago and, let's just say, it was a rude awakening. Especially for someone who, two years ago, was probably in the best shape of her life. I was eating really healthy and doing CrossFit a few times a week. I also just remember being so happy. I really do think there is a correlation between food, exercise and your outlook on life.

It is time to stop making excuses. 

No I don't need that piece of cake because I am breastfeeding. I need to stop "eating for two" since, well, I am not pregnant anymore or breastfeeding nearly as much as I was. I also need to stop eating when I am sad, bored, or celebrating. I need to eat because I need to fuel my body to be a happy, healthier mama, wife, and person.

It is time to start moving my body . .  daily.

I am a much nicer person when I sweat a bit. I wish I had learned this earlier in life. I don't have the time that I used to have so I need to be flexible. Sometimes, I can go to the gym when Olivia is still in daycare. Sometimes, I will have to exercise after she goes to bed at night. I just need to get it in.

It is time to come up with a plan. 

I do much better with structure. Just saying that I am going to get healthier won't make anything happen. So, I have a plan . . .

I will be following an eating plan. 

I hate diets. The only time I have successfully dieted was before my wedding and, while I lost a ton of weight and looked great, I hated counting calories, I was hungry most of the time, and I wasn't really eating that healthy.

I was actually very successful when I did the Whole30 two and a half years ago. I would even dare to say that it was "life changing." I also did really well during a Paleo challenge with my CrossFit gym two years ago. I know that eating Paleo most of the time works for me. The problem right now is my portions. They are too big. So for the last two weeks, I have combined Paleo with the 21 Day Fix. I haven't really dwelled on the weight-loss aspect since I am still breastfeeding a bit but I can tell you that, so far, I feel so much better. I think I will keep using the containers even after I am finished the 21 days. I will just go down a bracket when I am actually finished with breastfeeding.

I will exercise at least five times a week. 

The 21 Day Fix has an exercise plan. I have never really been that motivated to work out at home using videos but I really love these workouts. To mix it up, I go to the gym three times a week (or have been trying to) and then do the 21 Day workouts on the other days. Plus, if I have to miss my gym time for some reason, I know that I can just squeeze in a quick DVD workout after Olivia's bedtime. With these workouts, I have only missed one day so far.

I will reward myself. 

I am going to be honest: I really thought I would be in my pre-pregnancy clothes by now. But then I laugh at myself and think but how did you think you were going to do that eating mozzarella sticks three times a week and sitting on your ass? Touché smarter self. Touché.

So as I get smaller, I will be able to fit into some of my old favorites. But I will also reward myself with some new clothes. And new workout clothes. And new tennis shoes. Ugh, why do I love tennis shoes so much?  It's a problem.

I have gotten off-track because of pregnancy, having a nine-month old, and getting really sick for two weeks (which completely derailed my year-long yoga challenge, by the way.) But I am human and I am not perfect. I just need to get back on the horse. Why not now?