Catching up

I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I last blogged. Lately I’ve been suffering with anxiety and I find when my mental health takes a hit, the blogging and journaling take a backseat. It probably shouldn’t be that way, because writing is creative and therapeutic, but it’s the easiest thing to let go of to give me room to breathe.

I’ve been working on small goals to keep my fitness levels up. The biggest two I’m working on daily are to hit 10,000 steps and to drink one gallon of water. I would say I’m usually 6/7 for the steps and 5/7 for the water (Saturday and Sundays are somehow more difficult. Maybe I have low standards but I’m pretty proud of myself.

For a while I was steadily hitting the gym but I fell out of my routine for a couple of weeks and it was so hard to get back into it. Thankfully, I think I’ve found my groove again and I’m feeling pretty good. I still need to really put in effort to get my nutrition where I want it to be, but if I’ve learned anything about myself during my fitness journey in 2017, it’s that baby steps and small goals work best for me. The big picture is distracting.

So, what does my fitness routine look like right now? Currently, I try to workout six days a week and I’m happy with five. Strength training is my main focus, but this week (for the first time since my marathon) I ran – twice! I also took a spin class last week for the first time in four years, and I’m looking forward to another class tomorrow. Ideally, I’d like to fit spin in twice a week. I’m also still looking to lose weight (although I’m actually trying to focus on body fat percentage for numbers) and according to my TDEE I’m eating around 1,800 calories per day.

What’s not working? Sleep and recovery. I wish I wasn’t aware and could claim ignorance, but these two things are so easy to fix and I’m just not doing them. First, my alarm goes off at 4:30AM and I don’t want to change this, so the simplest solution is to go to bed early. My problem is I’m keeping myself awake, watching Instagram stories while lying in bed. And for recovery? My foam roller is out in plain sight and I completely ignore it. I could be rolling and stretching while watching Netflix but instead I’m being lazy. Being aware of your own bullshit is embarrassing.

Otherwise, I can’t believe December is almost here. I’m thinking about my next goals but I want to be very careful. As I mentioned before, small goals are my forte and with December being a crazy month for most people (me, definitely) trying to do too much will backfire.

Does anyone have any tips for making strong, attainable goals?