Hello! I just wanted to write this post to reflect on the past 3 months and discuss some things I learned about health, my body, and some goals that I’m setting for myself for the future.
Previous diet goals:
- Carbless twice a week
- Meatless twice a week
- One cheat meal a week
To summarize my previous diet goals/the meals I was preparing: UNREALISTIC.
My goals were basically impractical and the portion I ate at every meal was borderline insane. I tried to eat like I was training for a bikini body competition. It was pretty much starvation if I were to reflect on the first two weeks of meal prep. Two reasons why I thought I could set my goals like this:
- Because I basically starved my way into being thin in high school
- I didn’t know how to meal prep, portion, and choose my foods correctly
I tried to cut carbs completely on some days and I didn’t know what my other protein options were on the days I didn’t eat meat. I actually cried a few times the first week I started meal prepping because I felt like I was in high school again, with no knowledge of how to eat healthy or properly to lose weight. As the weeks passed, I got a lot better at knowing how much to buy every week for groceries, what I should be eating, and creating new recipes for myself. I get tired of eating the same thing so easily, so that’s why I challenge myself to make a new recipe once a week!
Current eating goals:
- Eat healthier, not less
- Incorporate more vegetables into meal prep
- One vegetarian meal a day
- Portion complex carbs/proteins efficiently
- Cut down on sugary boba drinks
- Quit eating so many XX Hot Cheetos
Notice that I didn’t use the word “diet” this time. I’d like to consider my weekly meal prepping as a lifestyle change more than it is a diet because it’s not something I plan to give up once I’ve achieved my own idea of an ideal body.
I went into meal prepping and gymming completely blind, and I’m so proud to be able to see the improvements in my attitude, my portioning, and my meals. My meals are well balanced and keep me full and I save a ton of money by meal prepping once a week.
(Week 1 meal prep vs Week 13 meal prep)
Previous gym goals:
- Cardio every day, 3 miles a day
- Sauna before workouts
- Steam room after workouts
- Lifting 5x a week
Current gym goals:
- Cardio 2-3x a week, at least 1 mile
- Lift 3-4x a week
- Take rest days
You can see from my previous gym goals that I set the bar high for myself. I actually kept up with my goals for the first 2-3 weeks! What I soon began to realize is how much time I spent at the gym every day. If you combine the 20 minutes it takes in the sauna/steam room, the 40-50 minutes of cardio, cool-down time, and the time it takes to lift, it would be abot 2.5-3 hours spent. Every. Single. Day.
I was really hard on myself if I skipped a day at the gym or if I didn’t meet my goals for the day. I lost a ton of sleep waiting around until it was less busy at the gym for me to go. It’s been a long train and error process, but I’m happy to say that I’ve finally got a schedule figured out that works for me.
I work out 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule, and I’m trying not to be so hard on myself if I miss a day at the gym. I do try to throw in some extra cardio days on the weekend if I have time and if I have plans with friends during the weekday, I try to squeeze in my workouts during my hour lunch break. I’ve been doing it for the last 3 weeks and so far I’ve been pretty successful. Although I don’t get to squeeze in the cardio that I would like, a workout is still a workout!
Starting now, I’ll be recording measurements of my body once a month to keep track of my progress. I’ll still weigh myself once a month just for comparison, but the number on the scale isn’t important to me. I actually decided to skip the gym today to give myself a break and write this post. I’m all right with taking the rest day because I know that I’ll be back tomorrow.
Previous personal goals:
- Take my GMAT, apply to grad school this year
- Lose weight, get skinny
- Save money to spend on expensive things
Current personal goals:
- Go back to school for certifications in marketing and advertising
- Continue more school and get my associate’s degree
- Apply to grad school next year
- Work on getting Google certifications in SEO and analytics
- Keep meal prepping, gymming, and blogging
- Stay inspired to create YouTube videos
When I first started this meal prep/gym journey, I had no idea that it would turn into such a huge project for myself I didn’t expect to start blogging weekly, I didn’t see myself going back to school, I didn’t think I’d make a YouTube channel. My goal was to update my resume, recreate my online portfolio, and look for a new job. Somewhere along the way I decided that going back to school was the best option for me to figure out what was really best for my career.
I’ve set so many new goals for myself within the last 3 months that I never thought I would consider, and I’m really excited to see where I’ll be in the next 3 months.
To summarize, my attitude about working out, meal prepping, and school/work are definitely better. I still have days of doubt where I think I could do better, I’m hard on myself sometimes for having a cheat meal or for skipping the gym, but overall, I am really satisfied with where I’m at. I may be making slow progress, but progress is still progress! Going back to school isn’t a bad thing—I’m still young and I have so much time to work for a great company. If going back to school is what I need to do in order to figure it all out, then so be it. Focusing my energy on trying to better myself is in my best interest.
- My weight is just a number on the scale
- How I feel about myself is what matters
- Good things don’t come to those who are lazy, so I can’t be lazy
- Hard work doesn’t go unrewarded
- Motivation is BS, it’s all about self-discipline
- Just because I have money doesn’t mean I should spend it all
- I’m happier and healthier now than I have ever been before 🙂