My 3rd goal for 2019 is more about habit creation. I have found that because my work is all on the computer, and I have to do it in small time-slots whenever I can fit it around the kids, that I have allowed myself to go days without leaving the house. This is obviously not healthy for me and I felt I needed to make walking outside a separate goal on its own to remind me how important it is to get sun and fresh air.
I have been reading two books recently by the author Richard Louv on the issues surrounding not getting outside enough to enjoy nature. There are also some practical suggestions for activities both adults and children can do to help them reconnect with the natural world.
It is an issue that effects children especially in this technological age and so my goal to get outside everyday includes taking my kids along too. To help me stick to this goal I have downloaded a free habit motivation chart. Once I have been using it for a while I will share it here and also where you can get one of your own. Have you heard of “nature-deficit disorder”?
I am continuing to work on the steps required to achieve each of my goals for 2019. Goal 2 is about getting control of my diet and training to improve my overall health. Below I will provide some background on my diet and training experience to date and the steps I intend to implement to help me realise this goal.
Background to improving my health
I have tried many diets and training routines over the course of the last 10 years. In addition to 3 pregnancies I have competed in 3 local bodybuilding competitions. My weight has fluctuated along with my pregnancies and competitions with me going from 9 stone 4lb at one point right up to 13 stone. Training is a passion of mine and although it has taken a back seat in the last year I am excited to get back at it. I do find it difficult to get a grip on my eating habits however. At this stage in my life whilst I would like to lose some weight and improve my body shape my main focus is my health.
I will take some time later in this blog to provide details on my training which includes weight training, and both high intensity and low intensity cardio training. In addition I intend to share my diet plans alongside recipes and meal prepping tips. Do you want to improve your health in 2019?
Baby steps for goal 2
This goal involves my diet and training so there is a lot to consider. I am taking a bottom up approach and instead of changing lots of things in one go I will make gradual changes which will add up over time. My first few baby steps for diet are to eliminate sugar from my coffee, start the day with a pint of warm water and lemon, take one tablespoon of ground flaxseed a day and donate or throw out any remaining Christmas junk food. In terms of training I will start with my 20 minutes walking everyday (goal 3) and 3 weights sessions a week at the gym. I trained shoulders and triceps tonight and although it was sore I am so grateful to be back training again.