In the days after New Years, the gym is packed. Everyone is determined to complete their New Years resolutions: to be more active, more mindful and actually run a 5K. Usually I am one of those people in the gym, slightly irritated by the influx of new people always using the exact machine that I want. This year… not so much. That’s not to say I haven’t been healthy and active, just not in the usual obsessive way that the New Year warrants.
For some reason, I started a bit late. All throughout January, I had difficulty getting on track with my nutrition and exercise habits. Chocolate binges were more or less the norm – and I was beginning to get very irritated at myself. So this week, when I finally got around to feeling a bit more… me: it was something to celebrate (and therefore blog about). I’ve been eating better: that has meant a lack of sugar in my diet, and less bread – which is always harder than it appears in Germany. In fact, I’ve made a conscious effort to cook more “weeknight” style meals. That has meant heavy concentration on vegetables and protein and yogurt (the three staples of a healthy lifestyle in my opinion). I’ve loved looking at my Pinterest and finding random recipes to try out and it’s made grocery shopping even more fun than per usual.
What’s better: I’ve been heavy-core exercising! I made my own yoga challenge (i.e. doing yoga every morning as the first thing I do when I wake up), gone to the gym, and even tried out a Barre class. Sometimes it’s only 15 minutes of yoga, but getting up and making movement a part of my routine has totally changed how I feel. I love meditating for 10 minutes, and especially adding cardio each day along with either arms, legs or abdominals has been a game changer. Saturday morning I tried out a Barre class and while my body still feels like it’s about to die, I feel on top of the world. I’m awake, energetic and in an excellent mood that has buoyed me all week.
It’s easy to fall in and out of being “healthy” – but I’ve found that now I’m back in the habit – I never want to fall out of it. School starts in a week, and another week of this routine I can only imagine will lead to a better more productive school year.