(UPDATE: Read the first Food & Fitness Friday post here, where I’m sharing my 14-day wellness jumpstart plan!)
Today we’re getting up close and personal.
Since this is, after all, a personal blog where I share my personal journey with food and health, I’ve decided (after probably way too much thinking…) to be completely transparent with you and welcome you onto a new part of my health journey.
But first, we’ve got to back up a bit.
A Year in Review
Around this time last year, I developed nagging back pain out of the blue that eventually turned into an injury that severely impacted my mobility. Thanks to physical therapy, I healed, but it wasn’t until about 5 months later that I was fully recovered.
I got out of my normal activity routine during my back injury months, which sort of set the stage for my winter—a winter which, I might add, was brutally cold and long. When spring arrived, so did a boatload of life changes. My parents moved to a different part of the state. I stayed in the area and moved to a new apartment. Mental and emotional stress has definitely been very present in the past few months.
It wasn’t until this past week that I realized my life now has a new normal. There are no giant changes on the horizon (for now, at least). The waters have calmed and the clouds have parted. I am sensing some steadiness again, which I welcome wholeheartedly. It will be a different kind of steadiness than it was before everyone moved, but steadiness all the same.
This realization eventually guided me towards another: This year has taken a toll on my body. I’m not as strong physically or mentally as I used to be. I’m not as excited about fitness simply because I’ve drifted away from it. Granted, I still love my long walks and yoga sessions, but I’ve stopped pursuing fitness goals and have lost motivation. And I really miss it.
What’s even sadder to me is that my motivation in the kitchen has waned. I love food and probably always will. But throw a back injury, a tough winter, and a few stressful months into the mix and you’ve got one rather uninspired me. I’ve grabbed more “healthy convenience foods” in the past few months than I would have liked, and have tried incorporating a little dairy back into my diet, which hasn’t gone very well and has probably contributed to some inflammation I’m having.
The result? I’m not feeling as energized, lean, or vibrant as I would like. And when these things are not where I want them to be, my self-esteem plummets. My belief in my potential drops, and so does my ability to live life to the maximum level of what I know is possible for me.
So what am I going to do about it?
Enter Food & Fitness Fridays! I’m going to blog my way back to the leaner and more energized version of myself that I miss, and I’m bringing you along for the ride. On Fridays for the next I don’t know how long, my space here at Daily Bites is going to be a place where I share my goals and updates. I need an accountability partner. Who better than all of you? :)
To be clear, this is not all about weight loss, a wacky diet, or turning into a gym junkie. This is about recommitting to taking care of myself and honoring my desire to improve my health, attitude, and self-esteem.
My current state is a reflection of a challenging year. And that’s entirely okay. I’m actually really glad that I went through some of the challenges I did this year because I’ve learned so much. But now that I’ve learned those lessons, I’m ready to guide my body back towards getting in shape inside and out.
Food & Fitness Fridays will officially kick off this Friday, August 15. I’ll be talking about my goals specifically and my strategies for achieving them.
The BIG Question
The question remains: Should I share progress photos each week? This pretty much terrifies me, so on the one hand I think it might be a really good motivator. But on the one other, I’ve never thought of myself as the person who puts pictures of their abs (or lack of abs…) on the web. Your thoughts? Maybe we can decide this together.
I’ll see you on Friday!