You can count this as part 2 of PPR’s “Upping the Game” post today. I too am “upping my game” entering into the holidays…but I’m not sure it really counts as “upping” when I’m basically just turning the switch from “OFF” to “ON”! I have been SO lazy over the past few months, it’s awful. My end-of-April car accident sent me into a very sad anti-fitness spiral, and even though my injuries and related claims have been resolved since September, and there were a few fit-related highlights such as running ToT and the Queen City Half, I have mostly just been the laziest person alive. …Lazy runner, lazy gym-goer, lazy blogger, lazy foodie…not cool. And I don’t even have any REAL excuses besides that – I have a home gym packed with good stuff, the most flexible work schedule, and more than enough free time to sit on my butt and watch TV. So, it’s all gotta stop.
I found a great new app this weekend that I hope is going to help me. It’s called Recovery Record and is meant to be helpful for people with eating disorders. While I have never had a classic, traditional issue such as anorexia or bulimia, I definitely have disordered eating habits and a disordered way of looking at weight loss, dieting, and exercise. I never do that well with other apps like My Fitness Pal because the guilt just gets too big and I quit, or the opposite happens and tracking meals and weighing every morsel of food becomes an unhealthy obsession. There is a backstory there, but it’s a long story, for another day. Anyway, this new app encourages you to track your meals, but there is no calorie counting, no “good” or “bad” associated with your logging, and there’s a major focus on also tracking your feelings and coping mechanisms. Using it has been a positive experience so far, so I’m going to give it a go for the whole month and see how I do.
I also have a “new” workout program ready to go in my home gym that combines strength training with yoga. I’m going to get in there at least 3x a week in order to drop a couple pounds before the craziness of Christmas foods has a chance to pile on. And, I started by sleeping in my gym clothes last night as encouragement to get in the gym first thing this morning. I guess it worked – I did head down there and do 15 minutes of weights followed by 30 minutes of yoga, as well as made a good protein-filled breakfast and some green tea afterwards.
So today, December 1st, here’s to new and improved healthy habits, and heading into the holidays in a body-positive way!