My own personal challenge began January 2.
I haven’t been blogging about my workouts because to be perfectly honest — they have been sporadic. Over the past year I’ve managed to undo most of what I had achieved while Crossfitting. My weight is up (by 20 pounds), I had to buy new clothes that fit because my old ones were too small…. ugh.
It hasn’t been something I wanted to admit. After all these years of working hard to lose weight, could I really have let this happen?
Well, yes. But 2014 should not be characterized as “lazy.” My priorities shifted. Rather than trying to “do it all” and master nothing, I decided to really focus on:
- Getting adequate sleep
- Bringing my cortisol under control and healing my adrenals (through yoga and lots of slow movement)
- Being an entrepreneur
Stepping away from daily intense workouts was necessary. And I have no regrets. I’ve finally figured out my schedule so that I sleep enough regularly, I’m no longer always feeling wigged out and anxious (so it looks like my adrenals are healing), and I grew my business significantly in 2014. It was a fantastic year.
Now it’s time to slough off some of the fat I picked up in the process of my year of healing. It will be hard, but not impossible. And I’m sure I can do it without killing myself or starving myself.
My biggest challenge will be in making time for daily activity that doesn’t deprive me of sleep, time with my family and time I need to spend in and on my business.
Goal #1: Find time for daily activity without hurting the other important parts of my life (my sleep, family and work).
My next challenge is an activity cycle I can maintain for a lifetime (or at least over the long term). I don’t want to get into a routine that I can’t sustain — I’m talking about financially as well as physically. It’s just not sustainable for my family to spend a lot of money on a gym right now. And I can’t keep beating myself up and feel sore for days afterward. It makes activity really un-fun.
Goal #2: Find an activity routine I can maintain long-term.
The third challenge is weight. I’m heavier than I want to be. I have excess fat. But I’m older, and it’s harder and harder to lose weight. And the older I get, the harder it will be to keep it from coming back.
Goal #3: Lose 20 pounds and keep it off.
I know that it will take time to reach all three, but I’m going to kickstart the process by setting an 8 week challenge for myself. During the 8 weeks I’m going to try some stuff that has worked in the past and see how it affects me. I will adjust as necessary. But the ultimate goal is to set some new habits and slough off the weight.
During my challenge:
- I’m following the Whole 30. I’m going to try to be strict so I can break some sugar habits I got into. But in general, I already eat pretty well. I usually eat Paleo — with a heavy emphasis on vegetables and some high quality meat. I quit drinking coffee over the summer and only drink a cup or two of green tea in the morning, with herbal tea throughout the day. I try to avoid dessert, and I eat fewer nuts than I used to.
- I’m going to try following Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Fitness. I like that it has strength, sprinting, and lots of slow movement. I’ve been lax about slow movement. My goal is 10,000 steps per day. I’ve got a treadmill desk — time to use it more frequently. I will also try to fit in more activity with the kids. We’ve been walking the dogs together and even doing fun runs where we sprint and walk and shuffle. I also have my bike and the trailer. It’s so fun riding with them. I should make it more regular.
- I’m working in my old Crossfit Challenge WODs. There are three a week, including endurance. They are short and high intensity.
- I’m running a 5K with Luke. He told me he wanted to run a 5K so I signed us up.
I know it sounds like a lot — and maybe it is. But one things I’ve learned in my year of healing is to chill out. I’m not going to be perfect here. It will take longer than 8 weeks to reach my weight goal and find that fitness routine that will work. But this will hopefully kickstart my journey.