My Fitness Journey: To Start

Every journey has a destination. In every action, there is intention. For something so personal like health and fitness, the intention must come from yourself. No one else can do it for you. The desire must be there so that you can stick with it when the going gets tough. You see, for me, I’ve already pictured the end in mind. I want to be stronger so that simple daily chores will not exhaust me. I want to be able to carry a one year old Ashton in one arm, and heavy groceries in the other arm and walk to my car without huffing and puffing. I want to chase my 6 and 8 year olds until they fall on the ground but I’d still have the energy to do more. Accidents aside, I want to live long enough to actually actively PLAY with my grandkids. That, my friends, is more powerful than any bikini body I used to have in mind. The shape of the body will come with the effort I put in. The weight of my body has to reduce for me to do that, and with all these in mind, I know I can stick to the changes I’ll be doing to my lifestyle. That’s right. Lifestyle change didn’t mean much to me until I was pregnant with my third one and how useless I felt with the weight that came with it. I was literally heavy and slow with aches all over my body. I don’t want to feel that ever again.

 

My fitness journey chloeash

 

Intention

With the long term goal in mind, I also have short term goals. They are simple things like being able to do splits, pull ups, chin ups, head stands, etc. If things go well this year, I’d like to go on the Viper Challenge with my husband in 2016. These are little pit stops that will allow me to assess my progress. On the vanity side, there are certain clothes I’d like to look good in and to keep track, I only need to take measurements. Bearing in mind though, a smaller waist line does not equate a stronger me. I can just go on a caloric deficit and lose weight and muscles along with it. This is the new era where women not only want to look good, but we also want to be STRONGER!

Action

Lots of words there but what do I do? Right now, I am 7 weeks postpartum. Doctor advised me to do low impact exercises to start, before progressing with higher impact stuff after 3 months postpartum. Coincidentally, there’s this 30 days of yoga thing going on now, and I took the opportunity to go with the program. I am doing Yoga with Adrienne’s videos on YouTube and I love her! She has a soothing voice, has a sense of humour and explains really well. I have been squeezing in her routine every morning when Ashton is asleep and I feel energized! Lack of sleep can do crazy things to one’s mind and yoga helps me re-focus. With this, I am easing into it, strengthening my core and body and awakening the muscles that have been resting for a while. When my body is ready, weight lifting is definitely part of the plan.

Nutrition

The most important thing. I am what I eat. Other than eating healthy and following certain macros (portions of fat, carbs and protein), whatever I put into my body also needs to be documented. For this, I use the app My Fitness Pal. I am still figuring out what my body reacts to and looking back at what I eat will shed me some light. I eat clean for the entire week, taking a break by having a cheat meal at the end of the week. The cheat meal makes me feel better and if I think I could go on without one, I’d skip that cheat meal. Knowing I have the option makes me feel less tied down.

In short

I just started this so I’m still figuring what works and what doesn’t. Change will take time and accepting that makes me more patient. I know what I want and while getting there will beย painful at times, just imagining BEING there helps me stay motivated. Also, not thinking about it too much or make a big deal out of it works for me too.

I will check back a few weeks later and let you know my progress. Perhaps a month later after I’m done with the #30daysofyoga? I hope I’m not all over the place here with my thoughts. They’re usually all jumbled up in my head, many thoughts come in all at once. It’s also difficult to write nowadays because the flow and momentum (of writing) is always interrupted by the little baby.

Anyway, thanks for reading. It’s a good exercise for me, to organize my thoughts the best I could. What’s your goal for 2015?

 

xoxo Lily

 

  • Hey Lily, best of luck with your fitness plan! I need to get back to jogging, but for the moment I’m like “eeeep it’s so cold I want to stay indoor!” Maybe when it’s warmer!

  • Good luck Lily! I’m with you this year. I kind of lagged on my fitness goals last year, but this year I really need to get serious! I’ll be hitting the gym by my house from now on-when I get back home next week.

    • Lily

      Good luck to you too Tracy! I have to be more serious about this because if I take it easy, then this journey probably won’t even start. LOL!

  • Good luck lily
    even im lagging at this time ,I havent even walked for like 3-4 months
    So today finally i went for a walk like 2km not far but atleast a start

    • Lily

      Any activity is a start ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good luck in your new fitness journey, Lils! I’ll be cheering you on! I’ve been working on my nutrition lately and have been drinking more water than ever before. Amazingly enough, my skin is clearing up (YAY) and I feel better and better. Time to add in the exercise now and SWEAT!

    • Lily

      Oh yeah, exercising and drinking more water definitely give you better and glowing skin! I need to up my water intake actually. I sometimes forget, especially when Ashton is fussy >_<

  • All the best in getting stronger and fitter! I love Adrienne’s yoga videos too – they sure do make you sweat don’t they? You are doing so well already with yoga every morning. Thank goodness for naps!

    • Lily

      Thanks YuMing. I can’t seem to slot in naps but I’m hoping I’ll be able to. I’m dragging out his feeding time to 4 hourly so that more can be done in between. It’s a struggle now, but hopefully he’ll get used to it soon.

  • Yvonne Tay

    Thank you so much for sharing! Many people have recommended yoga to me too.. think I shall go take a look at the one you talked about, and move on from there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      For me, yoga is a good place to start to build strength, flexibility and more graceful body movement. I like that if the pose is difficult, I can always modify it to suit myself. But of course, like a friend said, yoga can also be painful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liz

    Good luck, Lily! I like your optimism and determination. Looking ahead to grandchildren is a wonderful motivation!

    • Lily

      LOL Liz. Thanks! I have to think way ahead and be super determined, or else I won’t get anything done. If I have a single thought in my head that I’m only doing this temporarily, I probably won’t even bother at all. I’m a strange person.

  • Lily, I’m with you on this – I just want to be stronger overall because I seem to get tired easily. ๐Ÿ™ Hope we can follow through on this – if not me, you! :)) LOL! Baby steps! For now, Just Dance and Zumba on the Playstation, tomorrow Shaun T’s Insanity!

    • Lily

      Oh gosh, that Insanity is insane! More insane than P90X which I think is hardcore already. Baby steps definitely won’t push me that way. Hahaha!

  • Jaa

    I’m also trying to eat better, too. And drink plenty more water. I used to drink Starbucks frappucino every single day after work but now I’m limiting myself to just one or two a week and if I don’t feel like I want it then I can go on a whole week without one. Gotta look up those Adrienne’s videos and see if I can find space and time to practice! Sounds like fun!

    • Lily

      Good for you Jaa. I’m still following Adrienne’s 30 days of yoga videos and I love the variety. Sometimes when Ashton keeps me up all night, I’d skip a day, but I’d just pick it up again the next day. Do let me know if you tried any of her videos and if you like it ๐Ÿ™‚