So, about two years ago I ran my first half marathon. Now, I’m not a natural-born runner by any means. I played soccer my whole life so it wasn’t hard to get used to the exercise, but it took a while to build that type of stamina. Every day was pretty much the same…wake up…run…eat semi-healthy…drink a lot of water…sleep. Of course the miles would change and everything was based off of my plan, but overall it was a pretty static routine.
Don’t get me wrong — even committing to do that was a risk in itself. But it was a lesson for me that I need to keep taking risks, and that one thing isn’t going to satisfy me forever. I think that this works for some people who love predictability; I did lose around 40 pounds after all! But I did gain it all back already, which also says something.
I’m trying really hard to make this new healthy lifestyle stick, so I need to keep things interesting. I’m using this post to make a vow to all my fellow CC’ers that I will continue to spice up my lifestyle and try new things, while hopefully inspiring some of you to do the same. Now, I definitely think this can be just as beneficial with exercise and diet.
Below are 6 things I promise to do while on this journey. I’ll make sure to mention it in a post if I’ve completed one, just to keep you guys cheering for me! I’ve honestly thought of things that make me step out of my comfort zone; don’t laugh!
Hot/Bikram Yoga: I was actually really stoked that this post was due today, because I will be checking off my first risk TONIGHT! In about six hours I’ll be sweatin’ like a pig and making a fool of myself in a steamy room with a bunch of strangers (I swear it’s not an orgy). Bikram yoga is a structured type of yoga in a high-heat room with controlled humidity. A lot of experts say it purifies your body while you perform your poses. Needless to say I’m scared shitless. I sweat a lot for a girl andddd I know my foot will slip on my mat or something and I’ll whack my head into the floor breaking someone’s “serenity.” No worries, next week I’ll update you on my mishaps.
Try this whole paleo thing everyone is talking about: My cousin did this and she got RIPPED. It was explained to me once as eating like a caveman, which actually made sense to me because, technically, they were eating just what their bodies needed since nothing was processed back then. Basically it restricts your diet to fish, grass-fed, pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts. So basically I only get to eat protein and fruit/veggies. I’m not sure others will be safe around me without any refined carbs, but I’ll give it a shot.
Use the scary squat rack…just do it: I really want the kind of butt you get from squatting heavy. But the racks are just really scary looking. I know how to use them and everything (my bf is a PE teacher), but I really don’t like that my ass will be out for the world to see. My gym is set up weird and all cardio machines face the weights, which face a wall….cool…creepers unite. But I want a bubble butt, so I’m going to suck it up. :)
Do something new and adventurous while on vay-cay! I’m taking my first, real-life, paid adult vacation next month and I am sooo stoked! Luckily my best friend lives in sun-shiny Arizona, while I’m stuck in Chicago (Chiberia, as we have been calling it this year). She is sooo active and healthy I just know she’ll keep me on track while I’m there. She’s consistently posting these beautiful pics on Instagram of her crazy hikes in the mountains. I actually hate going on nature walks. Have since I was little. But then I realized it’s because I’m in the Midwest and a lot of areas are flat, and that’s boring. I made her promise to take me on a reallllly hard mountain-climbing like hike. Hopefully I don’t cause a rock slide.
Swim as an exercise: Some of you are going to laugh at this, but I suck at swimming. I paddle a good 15 seconds and make it three feet. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or what I’m doing wrong, but I am vowing right here and now to figure it the eff out. 1) Because swimming is a good exercise, but more importantly, 2) I look like an idiot on beach days with friends. I also am planning to train for a sprint distance triathlon, and I’m pretty sure you can’t just skip that whole swimming part.
Try eating gluten-free for one whole week: I don’t really plan on changing my diet to gluten-free for the long term, but I really want to see how my body feels by cutting it out. I’ve heard it changes your mood drastically and your body performs better. I figure that doing this will help me at least cut back on carbs easier than I can right now…they’re just so good.
Have any of you tried any of these things and found success or failure? PLEASE share your story with me or post it below. Are any of you feeling a little risky? What will you try to spice up your routine?
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