3 Months DONE – The Road to a Healthier Happier Ginger
Getting to the 90-Day mark has been quite a challenge some weeks. But it has also shown me exactly what I can accomplish when I set my mind to getting to work on myself.
Above is a picture of my midsection on December 31, 2012 and the bottom picture is my midsection on March 31, 2013.
Here’s how I got to where I am today (a little late blog check-in) and the steps I have taken to continue through to Month 4!
I feel like I have literally ran my butt off, among other body parts that were saturated with over indulgence remnants. Committing myself to running, whether in a race or a training run, at least four times a week in addition to weight training and other cardio work has proved to be one of the best things I have done for myself in a very very long time! Here are some progression pictures beginning in 2012 through this year, 2013.
Proof is in the photos. I know that I am most often the one that says, please don’t take a close up picture of me for fear that I will look just awful and it will end up being posted all over social media and ultimately kill my self-esteem. It is a tough battle to get past, but I’m working on it one day at a time.
Drinking had to be the second thing that I had to change in order to get myself on track to a better mental me. I am happy to say that as of today I have not had a single form of alcohol in 95 days! Do I think about it? YES Do I ever want to join in when others are drinking in a social setting? YES Do I? NO
By far one of the best things I did in 2013 was give up alcohol and drinking for relaxation. There are so many other things that I have incorporated to relax that the thought of falling back into social drinking just isn’t on my radar. Not only do I feel better, run better and train better, but my recovery time has improved significantly! Not to mention that hard to drop muffin top is melting away! I’m a mid-section fat retainer and the added empty calories of alcohol I used to consume was not helping me kick the fat roll to the curb!
Here’s a picture of me and fellow FitFluential, SweatPink and GirlsGoneSporty Ambassador and friend, Shannon Colavecchio enjoying a glass of Kombucha to celebrate my 39th birthday.
Lastly, changing my relationship with food. I’m not saying you have to jump on the I eat clean 24/7 bandwagon and go all in, but you must make changes. You must find your triggers, like sugar, for binge eating or eating because you are bored. Often we find ourselves sitting at a desk all day and craving sweets or salty snacks. It’s most often because our mind is bored and our body is so sedentary that we need to occupy ourselves and we turn to food, even worse, junk food. Making small changes in the beginning will change your mindset, I promise. You will find yourself craving more changes and increasing your energy will help you realize that you need to get up and move more often.
Maybe you make an appointment with yourself every few hours to get up and walk around the block. Or maybe, like in my office, you have 4 flights of stairs that you can get up and climb several times a day. Even if it is something that small, it is still getting you up and away from sitting for hours at a time. Also, increasing your water intake can help with those binges. Often times you are dehydrated and do not even realize it. I have an app that I love on my phone that sends me pop up reminders to get water. Not only does this help with my food cravings, but it also helps me stay hydrated for my training and running.
April rounds out my Spring racing season, as I have previously posted. I’m working on getting through exhaustion and just general burnout from a really full race calendar and I’m looking forward to some “pleasure” running in the coming months before the fall race season. Hydrating and fueling for my training remain top priority on my list, but I’ve got a few new goals for myself set and I’m hoping to have accomplished several of those by the time I check in for the completion of Month 4!