Okay… Here it goes.
Before I start I just want everyone to know that I am, definitely, NOT a writer. So I want to apologize for any grammar/spelling/errors that you may come across. It’s not my fault I’m a dumby at this stuff.
While writing that, my computer, politely corrected some silly mistakes I made already, at least this thing is on my side!
So, for those of you who don’t know me, or we are only acquaintances, my name is Jacky. I guess it’s pretty obvious from the name of the blog… I am a bartender/server/shift leader at one of my local restaurants and I am making this blog in order to express my feelings/achievements/failures while changing the way I live. When I say ‘changing the way I live’, I mean that I am trying to live better. Whether that’s travelling more, being more positive or adding exercise and eating healthier. My overall goal is to be a healthier, happier individual.
It is the new year of 2017 and I am flooding with goals. Here are some of them.
1. To be able to go backpacking with my boyfriend.
2. To be able to go on my first 5k/10k and ACTUALLY RUN IT.
3. Loose an overall of 30lbs.
4. Keep a regular routine, so that I can maintain my weight.
5. Get abs.
6. Get some definition in my arms and legs.
7. Make my legs pretty again.
8. Take my dog on more walks.
9. Take as little as possible of anxiety medication.
10. Motivate people.
If you are following me on Facebook/Instagram already, then you probably know that I have already been working at my goals for 3 months already. That’s right people, I began during the holidays. Probably the most difficult times to try a healthier lifestyle. Not only are there temptations up the ying yang, but you are surrounded by bad influences and spending money that you essentially don’t really need to, which increases your stress levels. I am SOOOO proud of myself for powering through Christmas. It was an uplifting experience that I would recommend!
What was the point that I decided I wanted to change things up?
Well, Thanksgiving day I guess. I had been going through the majority of 2016 thinking about loosing weight. It wasn’t until that day that it finally hit home. I had been working so much and not being that social, that I didn’t realize how much weight I had really gained. I was going through my closet on thanksgiving day, trying to find something pretty to wear, naturally going to my dresses. I tried on one, and literally got stuck in it. I couldn’t get it off and I nearly cried. I then continued to throw it in the trash and grab a couple more dresses, the same size, and tossed them too. After eating tons of food, drowning myself in my sorrows, I was done. I was done with feeling bloated, overweight, groggy and not fitting into the clothes I loved.
What is great for me is that my schedule stays pretty much the same, so when I sat down to write a fitness regime, it wasn’t that difficult. What was difficult was using my ‘sit on the couch and watch tv’ time. I honestly hated thinking about giving up my lazy time. Trying hard to think of things I could put in its place, I finally came up with a great idea. I would wake up extra early, before work, and go for a walk with my puppy. It was a great way to start. I knew, after experience, that going on binge diets, or doing spurts of over exercise, was not the way to go. I knew I had to start slow, so this walk was a perfect start.
After a couple weeks of doing the same 3 mile walk at 6am in the morning, I felt more energized and awake than I have ever been. My dad, like me, was amazed that I was waking up so early. I have never been an early morning person. To be honest, I felt like this was helping me snap out of my morning moodiness. I was excited to wake up in the morning and walk to my local 7 eleven. I think this also helped too. Having a goal place to walk to, helped me stay motivated to walk the full 3 miles. I wouldn’t eat before I left, so I needed to get to the store to be able to have my breakfast. I also had an addiction to energy drinks. This walk slowly helped me decrease my intake in those. One of the main reasons for that is, I was walking in the Winter months, so holding a cold beverage in my hand felt horrible! Also it would flatten really quick and started to taste gross by just 10 minutes of walking. I felt like I was wasting my money. That’s when I switched up to the 5 hour energy and finally stopped altogether when, for Christmas, my man got me a Camelback water bottle. Now, the only bad thing I drink, is a single Malibu and Diet Coke when I feel like being ‘bad’.
Now, 3 months later, I am working out at Chuze fitness almost twice a day (once if I make it on my walk – which its been raining lately so I haven’t) and even started strength training 2 days ago! Got to say, I have never felt more pain in my legs than the past couple days aha… I literally walk like a 100+ year old lady with hip problems.
I’ve been having a lot of different feedback / advice. The biggest advice I can give to anyone though is, do what works best for you and listen to your body. Don’t force yourself to do something you’re not happy with, you’re supposed to enjoy your life, not hate it.
I guess I should cut this short, because nobody likes reading a big chunky blog (even though it is pretty chunky already…). I would love to have questions and comments, so feel free to message me etc.
Peace out, yo.