Because my jeans don’t fit. And I don’t care for that.
One of my main projects for 2014 is taking back control over my body and weight. That’s why I’m participating in Cathy Zielske’s Move More Eat Well Jumpstart class. I’ve casually followed Cathy’s struggles to fight the chub during the past couple of years and I like her approach. It’s very unicorn/bullshit free.
My weight and fitness story
At the moment I’m pretty steadily gaining a pound per month. It’s been like this since I was 20, I think. Before that I was pretty much known to be a stick. At 1.80 m/5’11” tall and underweight through all of my teen years I never expected it and didn’t do anything to stop it.
At age 24 I became pregnant and went from ‘soft’ to ‘flabby’. And not just around the belly area. Luckily I managed to lose all that pregnancy weight plus 10 kg more from breastfeeding and being really bad at regular meals while I was on maternity leave. I never knew being disorganized would pay off like that! (Sorry to kid about this. I obviously wouldn’t recommend semi-starving like I did to anyone.)
Anyways. I was back to my slim self. A Nina I could recognize in the mirror and in photos. (Anyone else had that shocking vacation photo experience? The one where you realize you’ve got a muffin top in stretch leggings and at least one more chin than you’d like? Yeah.) Then something really odd happened. I didn’t change a thing and ended up gaining a pound per month like before. So that’s where I’m at. Slowly gaining all that weight back and now I can’t fit most of my jeans (only a few I accidentally bought too large ’cause I forgot my waist size and didn’t care to try them on).
So I’ve decided that rather than getting all new jeans and learning to love flabby, out-of-breath Nina I’d rather move more and eat better.
Oh, the header says ‘fitness story’ too. Notice how I haven’t even mentioned fitness yet? Well, that’s because I’m a pretty reliable couch potato. I’ve never done sports. All my pass time activities were painting, drawing, nerding. I grew up in front of a computer (and I’m still here). I’ve done some irregular running over the past couple of years and I really kinda hate it. It’s so boring but it feels good and at the moment I live in an area that’s really pretty to run in. So the plan is to keep doing that.
I am tracking my steps, distance and activity daily with the FitBit Flex activity tracker. It’s like a fancy pedometer that you wear like a watch.
I got it just before Christmas and so far I’m very pleased with it’s effect on my ‘moving more’. Just being aware of how little I actually move every day is really eye opening. My boyfriend tends to clean up more around my apartment than I do (yay! – and oops…) and he easily gets 1000 or more steps a day than me. Just from taking out the garbage and other house keeping stuff. Yikes!
The best thing about the Fitbit is the goal setting, though. I love to work towards all my daily goals of (at the moment) 7000 steps, 5 kms distance and 30 active minutes. I have the hardest time getting active minutes ’cause that involves rapid movement (like a brisk walk or a run… and NOT inching my way down the street with my kid stopping every minute).
And by the way, there’s an app to go with the wristband. It’s very pretty and keeps all your data easily accessible. I look at it at least a few times a day. Although you will need to log onto fitbit.com in order to change your goals and add friends (the app is a bit dodgy for those things, in my experience).
I’ll also track my actual runs and plan my meals in my Filofax planner. I’ll share more on that setup later this month as right now it’s totally blank.
For this first few weeks my plan is to just track what I’m doing. I’m not going to schedule runs (even though I probably should). I’d rather feel successful getting a few runs in than feel bad about not running as much as I had planned to, know what I mean? So I’m definitely going easy on myself right now.
I am NOT eating well at the moment. Sure, it’s Christmas and I’ve been really busy at work so a girl’s gotta have some sugar, right? A little boost. A little reward. A little something to stay awake.
I’m so ready to change it up. I’m getting fed up with chocolates and popcorn and cola and chips (well, maybe not chips… we’re old pals). But I’m getting to the point where it isn’t even delicious anymore. It doesn’t make me smile with delight. It’s just getting gobbled down between carb heavy meals. I’m like an eating robot.
I need to stop that and not only because it’s totally ridiculous, it’s also super bad for my head. I suffer from migraines and even though I know certain foods make it worse and trigger the attacks I still keep chowing down the salty stuff and wine and crap like I was getting paid for it. Where’s the sense in that?
Well guys, I randomly stumbled upon a cookbook for people with migraines and it’s been very enlightening. There’s so much stuff I’m not supposed to have because of my migraines but the cookbook also emphasizes all the truly delicious stuff I can eat. I’m very excited about this book and starting to plan my meals again. I’ve done this lots before, it’s not hard and it’s very rewarding.
There’ll be paper crafting too!
Obviously. Like Cathy I’ll be making an album to document my journey. I printed out all the bits and promised myself not to turn it into a big crafty/artsy thing. It’ll be photos and words in pockets, that’s it. I’ll have a hard enough time just moving more and eating well.
I’ll update you on my progress at the end of the month. Let’s do this!