How was your first week of the 8 week health challenge?
Each week I’d like to check-in and share how I’m feeling, what went well, the challenges I’ve come up against and some habits, tips and tricks that have kept me on track.
If you missed the first blog post, you can read it here.
Week 1 check-in
How I’m feeling
So far, so good.
My motivation has been high and I’m feeling positive about the challenge. Motivation at the beginning is never really an issue for me though, so it’ll be interesting to see if I can keep that up for the entire 8 weeks. Usually, motivation will drop off and that’s when it’s important to have habits in place to maintain consistency. That’s where your results come from.
I read today that 80% of people who lose weight, put it back on. I don’t want to be a part of that statistic.
Motivation is what gets you started, habit and discipline is what keeps you going.
What’s going well
The food! I eat a plant-based diet with a focus on whole foods. An aim of mine for this challenge is to eat home-cooked meals as often as possible. This shouldn’t be too hard since we (my partner, Trent, and I) love the food we cook. Although, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and end up cooking the same few meals over and over. Especially when we’re busy. The next few weeks I’ve got plenty of mid-week dinner recipes to share with you, so stay tuned.
I’m also loving my exercise this week and I can already feel subtle changes in my body. Even though my muscles are sore from working out, they aren’t as tight as usual. When my hip flexors, glutes and hamstrings are tight, I feel it in my lower back. It’s something I have to stay on top of.
I followed my exercise plan to a T and made it to three fitness circuits (Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings) and two yoga classes (Hatha on Tuesday morning and Yin on Wednesday night). I walked to and from work all but one day and had a stretching/foam rolling session almost every night.
I’m really enjoying sharing this challenge with you on Instagram, especially through stories. If you don’t already follow my page, you can check it out at @_the_goodness_project.
Challenges I’ve faced
As much as this week has gone well, there’s been several challenging times.
A few nights this week, I’ve come home from a long day and really didn’t want to cook dinner. Ordering Uber Eats crossed my mind, instead we pushed through and cooked simple meals like pesto pasta or BBQ tofu wraps (recipes to come!).
Afternoons at work were another challenge. I wasn’t prepared enough with my food this week. I find that an afternoon snack around 3:30-4:00pm means I’m not starving when I get home which stops me snacking while we cook or overeating at dinner.
Habits, tips and tricks for staying on track
Like I mentioned before, habits are the key to maintainable results! Put the effort in now to create healthy habits and you’ll be able to switch into autopilot when you motivation wears off (which it will).
Each night before I sit down to relax I always lay out my gym gear for the next morning. I’m so much more likely to get up and exercise if my clothes are laid out and my gym bag is packed, ready to go.
Use this app to store and compare your progress photos
A friend of mine mentioned she wasn’t really sure what to do with her progress photos. Once they are taken on her phone, they don’t serve much use.
After downloading about a dozen apps, I came across Snapsie, an app to store and compare my progress photos. It ticked all the boxes for me:
- Free to download and doesn’t prompt you to upgrade to a paid version as soon as you try and use the features
- Able to upload existing progress photo’s from my phone
- Can easily create side-by-side comparison photos – this is where the magic happens.
So overall it was a successful first week and I’m feeling excited for the weeks ahead.
What would you like to see from me? Recipes, weekly check-ins, challenges I’m facing etc. What content can I create to help you reach your goals? Comment below.