Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy diet. Fast food and junk snacks are my favorite things in this world, and that has caused sluggishness and a feeling of not being healthy or comfortable in my own skin. I’ve tried a bunch of fad diets – none of which worked. They all made me feel bad about myself, and they weren’t sustainable.
I finally reached out to a health and wellness coach who I have access to through my employee benefits. Her name is Rachel, and we’ve spoken on the phone quite a few times. She’s my motivation to keep going because I know that if the next time she calls me, I tell her I fell off of my plan, she’ll be disappointed.
But what is my plan? Well, I’m glad you asked, ‘cause I’m gonna tell ya (even if you didn’t ask!). Keep reading to find out what I’m doing to start feeling healthy and fit!
First of all, there’s this app. It’s amazing! Rachel mentioned it when we first spoke because it helps you to keep track of the calories you’re eating. As much as I’d love to be able to eat clean all the time, that goal is unrealistic for someone with a new job, a new apartment, and a new husband. Things get busy, and I don’t always have the time to make a good clean meal. Well, according to Rachel, fitness is not just about clean eating. It’s actually mostly about your calorie intake.
Your body has a certain calorie level that you need to reach in order to maintain your weight – this is based on a number of factors including your current weight, height, and age. In order to lose weight, you have to be eating less calories than you need to maintain your weight. The MyFitnessPal helps me keep on track of how many calories I eat. I plan my meals in advance and then log them into the app in advance so that I don’t forget to log as I eat.
Of course, exercise is good for your body. My exercise routine isn’t something I do to keep track of a number on a scale or in an app. My exercise routine is something I do to make me feel good. As it stands right now (because it’s summer and extremely nice outside), I go for half-our walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays and hour-long walks on Saturday mornings. On Tuesday, I’ll also go for a half-hour swim (weather permitting), and on Thursdays I also lift weights for a half-hour. This way, I’m getting an hour of exercise twice a week, and I’m soaking up some vitamin D for two hours each week. I always feel really good when I take the time to move my body, and that’s why I also do yoga each morning – to start my day off by moving and stretching out those limbs.
My fitness plan is for me – no one tells me I have to do things this way. Rachel is an awesome guide, but I didn’t stick to the MyFitnessPal calorie-counting for her. And I didn’t start the exercise plan for her; all of this is for me to feel my best.