I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during these crazy times. It’s almost been two months that I’ve been working from home. I am one of the fortune ones that still have one. There are so many Americans that have been furloughed or lost their job, so I am very thankful. I really hope this all ends soon, but I know from all the current reports it probably won’t happen till after the summer. However, instead of just sitting on the couch and not being productive I have used this time to get back into gear. I have lost another 10 pounds and I am now at 258 (my end goal is 220). I have also participated in some new activities like golf and which has been a lot of fun.
I have even started to drink wine, which is weird, because I never enjoyed it. It was always too bitter for my liking but I guess my palette has changed during COVID. While being home it has been great to catch up on my reading, because I started slacking off in February. I am almost halfway through Uncle Tom’s Cabin which has been really great read. Another nice thing about staying home is that at least it’s spring so you can get your glass of wine, sit outside, and grill!
Now that I have been on this health kick for about 6 months, its been much easier to make the right choices and eat healthy meals. I have even started taking some multivitamins and taking collagen for good skin. I also started running again which has been amazing to shed the weight. At first I started with a half mile, then a mile, then 2, and then 3. However, last week my Achilles started hurting so I decided to take a week off to let it rest and its finally starting to feel better enough to run on it again. I restarted light with a mile and then walked another 2 miles to get my legs back into shape. However, it’s been rough, I was doing so well and then all of sudden I had to stop. .
The other item that’s helping me is that my portion sizes are going down while also analyzing my meals. Don’t get me wrong; I still have a cheat meal here and there! Now that’s its pretty much summer I have also been grilling a lot and it makes it very easy to cook a bunch of meat and veggies. The Weber grill was definitely worth the investment, and I hope to maybe get a smoker this summer so that I can start to learn how to smoke meats. Also helping with my consumption is meal prepping.
Last week we started to prep out all our meals for the week and that’s been going well. We cook items that we actually like and a variety of items so that we don’t get bored of it. For example, this week we made pork loin with sweet potatoes and mushrooms and we also made another option which was salmon with asparagus and brussel sprouts. Any time its meal time I really look forward to eating my prepped food!
At the end of the day you have to do what works with you. Whether that’s selecting your work out type, level, and length or deciding what you are going to eat. If it’s not something you can be consistent with it’s not going to work or last over the long run. I always say its better to start with small steps and then work yourself into it. One good decision leads to another. I first just started going to the gym and just doing 10 mins of cardio and trying to eat one healthy meal a week. Now I crave healthy food and a good method of working out. Try out Yoga, try walking, or try that healthy appetizer you never ordered and you’ll see that over time it gets easier, just like quarantining at home with COVID-19.