I am thrilled to start The Lifestyle Curve. The timing is perfect as this blog is a new beginning right before the start of a new year.
As 2013 comes to an end, I have to reflect on the things I’ve learned and the challenges I’ve encountered that have shaped my lifestyle curve.
Everyone wants to do a top ten list when the year ends, and I am no different. Here is my top ten list of what I’ve learned in 2013 when it comes to my healthy lifestyle journey:
- This lifestyle is forever – I started this journey about 3 years ago, but it has is no end. Eating well is forever, working out is forever. This way of thinking is so important for weight loss maintenance.
- The body forgives – If I fall off the wagon, I will not be afraid to get on the horse again.
- Have a variety of exercise options – I’ve made a workout area at home with free weights, a mat and stability ball for when I can’t get to the gym. My Goodlife Fitness membership gives me access to all gyms in the Greater Toronto Area, so I can always schedule a workout no matter where I am.
- Diversify my workout – My fitness routines must include a lot of cardiovascular exercise and be complimented with strength training and stretching/yoga.
- Selfish Fitness – While exercising with a friend is always fun, I prefer to work out alone. I am more accountable to my workout when it is done on my terms and on my time.
- Take advantage of the support around me – I see a dietician monthly, log and track my eating and exercise on My Fitness Pal.
- Curb the over indulging – I have come to terms with the fact that I love to overindulge. I have cheat weekends (Friday to Sunday) and have learned that if I am going to cheat, I have to keep it to a minimum and increase my physical activity on weekends.
- Take out the frustrations out at the gym not on food – I use exercise to beat up the stress and frustration instead of looking to food for comfort.
- The grocery store is my go-to for ‘fast food’ – If I don’t have a prepared lunch, I find a grocery store for healthy snacks and meals.
- Knowledge is Power – I enjoy learning about nutrition and exercise. Following healthy living websites provides continuous flow of health information.
Looking forward to 2014:
- Food shopping and preparation – Create weekly shopping lists and prepare meals for the entire week.
- Organization – Creating schedules for work, exercise, school, home, music practice, and social life so all the hours of each day are used effectively.
- Improving my sleep schedule – Get to bed on time and ensure that I get at least six hours of sleep each night. I also want to push myself to get up earlier so that I can workout before work.
- Focusing on healthy bones – I will be more diligent about consuming foods that help build and maintain strong bones. My goal is to add more fish, milk, broccoli, cheese, regular yogurt to my diet.
- Positive workouts – I will challenge myself more and have an ‘I can’ attitude when working out (especially when doing lunges *shakes fist*).
- New fitness outlets – In 2014 I would like to participate in more team sports, try a dance class and do another summer session of outdoor boot-camp.
- Get back to Yoga – I’ll be back on the yogi train for more flexibility, relaxation and meditation.
- Bringing the workout to work – My current job involves a lot of sitting. To counteract the inactivity, I will incorporate working with free weights, sitting on a stability ball, standing and lunging.
As 2014 approaches, I look forward to documenting this never ending journey towards healthier living. Three years ago I decided to take better care of my health. That decision brought on so many experiences, feelings and struggles that I didn’t imagine would happen. With that, I realise that I am now I different person.
My journal is not just about burning calories and eating rice cakes, it is also about creating a new Clare, building confidence, and taking control of my future.