Well here I am, my first check-in. And let me tell you, it’s not going so hot! I really thought I would be able to “get back on the horse” without difficulty but it has indeed been difficult! Did I devour a whole small pizza on Monday? Yes. Yes I did. Proudly. But after disappointing myself with the pizza incident, I decided to take initiative and cook some healthy meals ahead.

What I really need to focus on is creating a schedule and sticking to it. I know some folks like to workout early in the morning before anything else so it’s out of the way.  I know others get it in after work because it’s more convenient. I however, am a huge fan of working out in the afternoon! Plus I get to eat lunch right after!

First thing I did was write out what every single meal and snack will be for that week. It’s hanging on my fridge so I see it every single time I enter the kitchen. Crossing items off that list gives me a sense of fulfillment and makes me happy that I’m working actively towards my goals.

Next, I had to just bite the bullet and go to the gym! I won’t sugar coat it for you – I HATED it! There were only two other people there when I went, which was awesome because I hate crowds. However, they were both men and I felt intimidated. I know that men and women have very different goals, work with very different weights, and have very different techniques… but I couldn’t help but feel self-conscious as I stood there struggling with my 20 pound dumbbell as the gym-bro beside me crushed it with 100+ pound weights.

But I put on my music, did my best to focus on me, and stayed in my lane. It did help, and I’m feeling really positive after that first workout. I was happy I stuck with it and my plan moving forward is to work on smaller goals. For instance, my goal this week is to go to the gym 3 times and include 1 day of hiking. Having a smaller, more attainable goal on a weekly or even daily basis is going to feel much easier to achieve.

How are you coming along with your fitness journey? What goals are you setting for yourself as we dive into February?