Happy #WorkoutWednesday, ladies! I’m sitting here writing this post (a little late TBH, still trying to catch up) while watching the snow fall. So much for getting to enjoy Spring after returning from Peru! It’s still Winter here in Colorado, it seems. But we’re also a quarter of the way through the year so I thought it would be a good time to evaluate my heath and fitness goals and progress, and encourage you to take a look at yours too! The only way to actually see progress toward your goals is to track them, and re-evaluate consistently to determine what is actually feasible for your timeline and lifestyle. So check out my reflection below, and be sure to share yours (if you’re comfortable) in the comments below!
So health-wise, I’m sick – again. I can’t catch a break this year. I mean, the year itself has been wonderful, but I have been sick for at least half of it. If not more. This time it’s just another cold (thankfully not food poisoning), but after moving, I’m feeling super wiped out. I’ve been really active despite all the illnesses though so I am seeing progress toward my goals.
Speaking of activity, in terms of actual workouts in a gym, I believe I’ve done all of none so far this year. But I’ve been making up for it in other areas. Just moving alone, I was getting in about 13,000 steps per day, plus 20-30 flights of stairs, for a week straight. Also in Peru, we did tons of walking, a lot of it at high elevations and up steep hills. All that elevation work has actually made such a significant difference in my leg and butt strength and shape, I’m letting Chris convince me to do the Incline near Manitou (where these photos were taken!) once the snow stops. I’m also thinking about incorporating high-elevation treadmill walks once I’m healthy enough to go to an actual gym. (Gym etiquette: don’t go when you’re sick, people like me suffer.)
So, moving forward, one thing I’ve learned this year is that as much as I love going to an actual gym to get my workout in, it’s not always possible. But it’s easy to find ways to get in a little exercise in your daily life. Moving, cleaning, even running errands can be something that contributes to your overall goal. For example, parking as far as you can from the store, or at the end of the parking lot that is downhill from the entrance. And, of course, taking the stairs as much as possible.
Our new apartment does have a gym, so I plan on making good use of it as my schedule allows. I’m also able to focus on diet a lot more, and cooking healthy meals, since I have Chris to help out with meal prep and cut time. My number one goal right now is tracking my nutrition, not just calories, on MyFitnessPal. It’s one of my favorite fitness apps, but I struggle to remember to use it when I’m not going to the actual gym. But we’ll still have a ton more moving, unpacking, and stair-climbing to do when we’re able to get into our new apartment so I’m not to worried about getting dedicated-workout time in yet. I’m really over being sick constantly tough, so nutrition and boosting my immune system is my prime focus. Priorities, right?
How are you doing on your health and fitness goals?