Taking the Stairs

Let’s face it: America is a hard place to stay healthy these days.

In a country inundated with fast food, vending machines, soda, and people who openly embrace a sedentary lifestyle, it’s hard to find inspiration to lost weight and, once you find that inspiration, it’s even harder to be persistent in your promise to yourself. Anybody can decide that they want to lose weight, but it takes a strong person to actually lose the weight. Up until now, I haven’t been that person…but I want to be. I want to have the willpower to overcome my problems, and I need somebody to turn to when times get tough. So, Internet, I’m turning to you. I’ve been blogging for several years (and I continue to blog), but I want to do this anonymously to make it a bit easier on myself.

Four months ago (in May), I began a running program. I’m trying to run four or five times a week. The running isn’t extremely hard, but the motivation is. During the summer, I often used the excuse that it was too hot to be safe (at times, it really was) and I only ended up running three times a week. Although it’s better than how often I used to run, I didn’t feel too great about it. Now that school has started, however, I am going to be finding myself with less opportunities due to increased amounts of homework, school activities, etc. In addition, I’m not sure how/if I’m going to be able to run in colder weather once winter is upon us. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I’d begun to eat healthier long before my May running program began. Although I wasn’t eating a great balanced diet, I was doing alright. I was eating more protein, salads, and fruits, and less of the bad stuff. Now, however, I want to completely revamp my eating pattern, cutting out all empty calories. I admit that I eat too many things from the bottom of the food pyramid, and I want to change that. From here on out, I will be cutting down on the following foods:

  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Bread/rolls
  • Cakes/cookies/pastries
  • Crackers/chips (a couple months ago I completely stopped eating all chips except for baked tortilla chips and I haven’t had any since.)

I will be completely eliminating the following:

  • Soda (even amazing Diet Coke, which contains no calories!)
  • Coffee (bye bye, Starbucks :[ )
  • Candy
  • “Fake” foods (processed things, etc.)

It’s very ambitious, and, frankly, I’m kind of scared. Here are my plans for my running program:

  • Make more time for running (run at least three times during five-day school weeks.)
  • Warm-up more effectively before I run (I hate when I cramp in the middle of a jog because I didn’t stretch adequately).
  • Work towards being able to run longer and farther. I need to work on my cardio…right now, I can run at least a half mile. I want to be able to run at least a mile without stopping.

In a future post, I’ll give more details about my running route. I want to also start doing more sit-ups and other exercises that build muscle mass in areas other than the legs. I’m not going to worry about weighing myself, because scales are deceiving. I’d rather focus more on my body fat percentage. Last time I checked (which was a while ago), I was at 19%, which is categorized as “acceptable”. I want to get that down to the “fitness” category (read more). To help with my fitness, I want to take a dance class. I enjoy dancing and I need more training because of the career path that I’ve chosen, so it seems like an obvious choice.

So, I’ve spilled my heart out onto the Internet and shared my goals with you all. I’m excited…let’s get this thing started!

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3 responses to “Taking the Stairs

  1. I also cut out the “innocent” Diet Coke…anything that gives you that many headaches when you come off of it can’t be good for you right??? I have had no Diet Coke since Aug 20. Congrats on your start, you sound like you have a good foundation to build on!

  2. FYI…I tried to read your About page but got an error message.

  3. I know! When I first saw the nutrition facts, I was amazed that there was nothing in it (calories, sugar, etc.), but then I did research on aspartame and effects of drinking soda…it’s scary!

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