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My Focus for 2018

I don’t do resolutions. If you have read my blog for a while then you know that I’m a serious flip flopper. I make a decree, only to change my mind some time later and reverse course. Yeah…  So…  I’m not good at resolving to do much of anything. Especially, if it’s to give up something. If I do that, then that something is all I can think about and I fail really quickly.

I’ve decided that for 2018 I’m picking something to focus on though. I can do focus. I’m focusing on improving my energy: physical and mental. Last year I felt exhausted ALL THE TIME. I went to my doctor and she ran a bunch of tests on me because I was just dragging ass. I could barely make it through the day. The tests found nothing, thankfully. However, nothing changed either.

Honestly, I think the low energy was due to my lack of exercise and sometimes sketchy diet. I’m really susceptible to sugar crashes and simple carbs turn to sugar really quickly in my body. Oh, and I think I was marginally anemic. It’s happened several times in my life. I’ve started to take an iron supplement everyday even though they make me have burps that taste like green peppers. Yuck.

So…  I joined the gym again.

Why?

To increase my energy levels. A body in motion stays in motion. So they say.

There is a Planet Fitness really close to my house and I checked it out a few months ago, but then never actually signed up. Commitment is hard for me. I finally pulled the trigger the day after Christmas. I had hit maximum density and again…  I had zero energy. I was off from work the week between Christmas through New Year’s so I thought that it would be a great time for me to kick start a new good habit. I hit the gym almost everyday.

Now that I’m back to work I’ve been going in the morning before work. I wake up at 5:00 AM, roll my ass out of bed, throw on my work out gear, brush my hair and teeth and head out the door. I will admit that it’s been rough this week because it has been so damn cold (1-2°), but I’ve persevered. Yes, getting up at 5:00 AM sucks ass, but I’m generally too tired after work to hit the gym. I like starting my day off this way. I get it out of the way.

I’ve found that prepping everything the night before helps. I lay out my entire workout outfit in the order it goes on my body. I ensure that I have my shoes, clean socks, headphones, and my padlock in a bag ready to grab. I try to be courteous and I dress in the bathroom so I don’t wake up the hubs.

Why aren’t you just going to yoga? You love yoga.

I do love yoga, but I’ve been having problems getting to classes. The times aren’t working for me. There are no early morning classes and again, I am just way too tired after work to go to a class. If I was rich, didn’t have to work, and could go mid-day then I’d go everyday. Plus, yoga is expensive. The studios around here are $79 to $100 a month. I can’t justify that. I buy packages of classes from time-to-time. My monthly membership fee at Planet Fitness is $10 and there is no commitment.

So, what about the mental energy thing?

I’m not sure if I have ever told you guys, but I have anxiety. I have bad anxiety. I hate that my body thinks that it’s always in fight or flight mode. I’m sure that my shitty childhood has a part to play in that, but it’s also a genetic gift from my parents. Weeeeeee! Medication helps. Exercise also helps my anxiety. It helps to quiet my brain as well. I tend to over think everything. EVERYTHING. It’s exhausting. Hence, being tires all the time.

So, what about that food energy thing?

I actually eat better when I’m at the office than I do when I’m at home for days on end. I pack food for the entire day: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I prep everything the night before. This helps so I don’t have to rush around like a crazy woman after getting back from the gym. I can get ready, grab my lunch bag, and go. I am making a conscious decision to try to eat cleaner though. However, I’m also allowing myself to live a little. Hello, cheat day! If I deny myself all the yummy food I will last about 3 weeks until I go on a binge. A controlled binge is much better than an uncontrolled one.

Are you also trying to lose weight?

I’m not going to lie. Yes, I need to drop some weight. I typically hover around 150 pounds, but that number has risen over the holidays. I’d like to drop enough weight that I feel comfortable in my own skin, strong, and healthy. I don’t know what that number is. I guess when I get there I’ll know it. I also know that muscle weighs more than fat. So, it could be that I stay really close to that number, but am more toned. Who knows. Here’s what has happened so far:

I went to the gym five times last week.

Monday, January 1, 2018: 158.3 lbs

Monday, January 8, 2018: 153.9 lbs

Lost: 4.4 pounds

Granted, a lot of that was likely water weight, but I’ll take it.

What are you wearing?

I had to buy a few more pieces of workout gear to get me through the week without having to do laundry every two days. I picked up a few more pairs of these high-rise compression leggings from Old Navy. These are my absolute favorite bottoms. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for great workout gear. Old Navy is hit or miss with their workout gear. Some items are good and some are crap. These are good. I have four pairs, and one more on the way.

 

 

I also needed some light long sleeved tops. I never had a need for any of those because yoga studios are always heated. I picked up a few tops from the Gap. I got this one, this one, and this one. As much as I love Athleta and Lululemon, I can’t afford to stock up my daily workout attire with them. I’m not rich you guys. Those are a splurge.

I’m hoping to be able to do an outfit post again soon. We’ve had a ton of snow and then the temps dropped. It’s been absolutely frigid here in Michigan. It’s been miserable and my kids have already had a snow day and a cold day. I’m already ready for spring. Ugh.

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all of your comments and support.

XOXO,

Ashley

 

 

 

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