Recently I have gotten back into fitness. I grew up playing sports and dancing and have always been naturally thin. I also always had a job where I would do display work and constantly be on my feet, walking up and down ladders, and carrying heavy shelving. Last year I got my first desk job. I noticed after about 6 months that my muscle tone was decreasing and I gained about 7 pounds.
This made me realize that I needed to take matters into my own hands and focus on being happy, healthy and getting exercise in at least 2-3 times a week. I also don’t eat the healthiest so I wanted to change up my diet a bit. I can’t do that drastically as I am a very picky eater but I am trying harder to make better choices.
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My husband has always had a gym membership and goes regularly. I admire him for his perseverance and also his rock hard abs. I am more of a group sport or fitness type of person where I enjoy working out with others so I stay on track and it doesn’t feel like a chore. The apartment where I live has a new gym that has treadmills, ellipticals and weights. Since I don’t pay a membership to this gym I never really went to it. So in order to kick my butt into gear I went to my husband’s gym and signed up for a year long membership that way I pretty much had to go so I wouldn’t be wasting money. At first I would just go with the hubby and either lift weights or go on the elliptical. I would get anxiety being by myself and or worrying I was bothering my hubby so I didn’t really enjoy it. I then realized my gym had a ton of classes I could attend so I went to a spinning class and now I am hooked!
I do spinning 1-2 times a week and a weight lifting class another day. I HIGHLY recommend going to classes especially with a friend. Classes are great because there are people from all ages and all skill levels in them so you won’t feel out of place. I also recommend going with a friend so you can keep each other motivated and accountable. Spinning is a great class for everyone because it is low impact but great for your cardiovascular system. I have a breathing disorder that developed in high school that doesn’t allow me to run or do more intense cardio but spinning provides the burn I am looking for without making me out of breath. I love it!
I also recommend not pushing yourself until you are used to a workout. I did this with my weight class by starting out with smaller weights and building up over time. If you wear yourself out in the first 10 min of your class you aren’t going to want to continue or come back. If you start small and build up you will be able to see how strong you are getting overtime.
My husband and I also like to go on “adventures.” When it is warm we hike, play soccer, swim, and just walk around our neighborhood. This is a great way to get fresh air and your steps in without thinking that you are working out.
Since I have a desk job now I try to get as many steps in as possible. One thing I do is bring a water cup to work and try to drink the whole thing every 1-2 hours. I then walk to the fountain to fill it up and since I am drinking a lot of water I have to walk to the bathroom more often. This also helps clear my head of work I am doing that can get stressful if you are sitting and staring at it too long.
I also like to do some quick exercises in the bathroom to increase my metabolism and get my blood pumping. I try to do 100 squats a day so I do 25 squats each time I go to the bathroom until I hit 25 (don’t do this in tight pants or you might rip them…this actually happened to me haha). I then lunge my way from the front bathroom door to my stall. When I come out I do calf raises either at the sink or by the wall, again 25 each time. The last thing I do is back leg lifts, 25 each time. This might not give instant results but it will over time and also make your feel more energized.
Like I mentioned before I am not the healthiest eater, I have a weakness for cheese and potatoes, but I do try. My husband loves to cook so we usually have a dinner consisting of a meat, pasta or rice and tons of veggies. We love veggies and also drink a lot of milk. I only drink soda on the rare occasion and try not to snack after dinner anymore. I eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a relatively plain lunch so if I want a cheat meal of Wendy’s or Panera I usually only do it once a week. I also never deny myself ice cream.
Since I get hungry every couple of hours I keep chocolate dusted almonds at my desk at work. This keeps me from being miserable and hungry and also keeps me from reaching for vending machine food. I used to eat a fiber bar to keep me full in mornings but I found this messed with my stomach so I stopped doing that. I also found out a lot of those bars have more sugar than a candy bar! I would also recommend fruit or veggies at your desk for a nice snack. These fill you up, taste yummy and you don’t have to feel guilty eating them. When a client brings in treats for me I don’t deny myself since I will just think about it all day. I eat 1, or 2, items and then I am satisfied. Don’t deny yourself!
In conclusion it is easy to move around in your day and make healthy eating choices. I also am an advocate for eating bad now and then. I love ice cream and always reward myself with some type of food goodies when I do something good. I believe that we shouldn’t hold back when it comes to indulgences. Food is meant to be eaten and be delicious.
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