The last time I shared my health journey was around the time jingle bells were ringing so to say it’s been a while is an understatement. Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t been doing anything behind the scenes. I’m just not the type who checks in on Facebook every time I go to the gym.
Even after two flu episodes within the same quarter this year, my health continues to be on the upswing! It has been a rough year so far for me personally, but I’m still hanging in there and am working on putting myself first.
So, here’s where I’m at so far:
Even though I found my magic sleep number, I have NOT been getting the best sleep for at least the last month or so. I would feel tired at work so from time to time, I’d drink some coffee or my favorite energy drink, Rev, right before my workout just so I wouldn’t fall asleep. After my sweat sessions, I would go home, shower, eat, blog and go to bed. I feel like I’m going to get better at it in the coming weeks because my body won’t be able to take no sleep much longer.
Not to say that this makes up for lack of sleep, but I did take a self-care day! It was weird, but I also learned a lot.
Aside from eating healthy breakfast and lunches for the last several weeks, my friends and I have been doing vegetarian dinners. It’s been quite interesting to have no meat during week nights, but so far, most of the meals have been great!
We’re going to add meats into our recipes soon to help with recovery since our workouts are getting to be more challenging.
I’m still working out at Body Mountain and go at least three times a week. For weeks when I have small group and miss yoga, I make sure to make up for it on another day or take the stairs at work. I’ve pushed myself these last several gym sessions that I hurt SO good. By good I mean three days of being sore. And that’s after taking tumeric-based joint vitamins and vitamin C (to help and reduce inflammation). Reidland’s workouts are getting to be more intense, but I love a challenge. Many times I have thought about going straight home, but still make myself go and I’m always so glad I went to class.
As I progress on this journey, I still 100% believe that it’s all about mentality. Working out and getting healthy in general is t-o-u-g-h.
Life has been a bit easier since I first shared my health struggles. I’ve since lost a little over five pounds, but to me, it’s not about the number on the scale. I focus more on how I physically feel. Do I have more energy? Do I sleep better? To me, those are more important to focus on rather than the number on the scale. I still struggle with anxiety from time to time. However, I’m in a much better place now than I was this time last year.
If you ever have a hard time with your health journey and find that you fluctuate back and forth, just focus on the more important things. Are certain workout moves getting easier to do? That’s still progress!
If you want to share, what’s going on with your personal health journey?