Hi sweet friend! I’m so glad you stopped in for a little style inspiration today. And I do indeed have some pretty activewear to share with you. But I’d also like to tell you a little about what’s going on with me fitness-wise these days. So let’s take a walk and I’ll tell you about my fall fitness goals.
I feel like it has been such a struggle to stay on top of things since the onset of this pandemic. Don’t you? I’ve felt, more than ever, the need to stay healthy, not just lean. So my mindset around health and fitness and weight has shifted a little.
It’s always been important to me to stay at a reasonable weight and to look as good as I can as far as body composition goes. But I’ve also struggled most of my life with keeping those extra pounds off. For me it’s mostly a matter of self control and discipline. Sometimes I have it; sometimes I don’t! Ha!
Yes, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago. But according to recent blood tests, that is under control with medication. So other than the normal changes in metabolism that occur with aging, I have no medical reason to put on weight. I completely own my occasional tendency to “eat like a fifth grader,” as I call it. I’ve gained a few pounds this past year and that’s all on me. I take the heat.
So yes, I’d like to lose a few pounds. I still fit into my clothes, but I’d like to feel better in them. Anybody else? But honestly, I have more pressing concerns than appearances right now. While I don’t always like what I see when I look in the mirror or at my photos these days, that’s not what’s motivating me to make a few changes this fall. My fall fitness goals go deeper than appearances.
When it comes to fitness goals and achieving them, I’ve discovered that these things are crucial for me:
- I have to know my Why. And my Why has to be compelling enough to help me make the necessary changes even on the hardest days.
- I have to enlist and be consistently transparent with gracious accountability. I don’t like accountability, mind you. But I need it. My track record shows that I don’t make consistent progress without it.
- I have to have a plan and work it. I’m so envious of people who seem to just stay healthy and fit and at an ideal weight as a way of life. But that’s not me. I have to have rituals, plans, schedules, checklists.
- I have to pay something. I don’t mind paying for a pretty sweater; I hate paying for a fitness plan. But I’ve found that if I don’t invest something monetarily in my fitness, I don’t stick with it. So whether that’s paying for a gym membership, an exercise class, a diet program like Weight Watchers or a total fitness plan like FASTer Way to Fat Loss, the monetary sacrifice motivates me to stay the course.
So what’s my why? If it’s not just for appearances, why do I need to eat better and exercise more regularly? Why do I need to be more conscientious about the choices I make, how much sleep I get, how regularly I get in some recreation?
- Why? Because I have high cholesterol. Those recent blood tests indicated that my cholesterol is dangerously high. My doctor is giving me a few months to get it under control before we test it again, and I’ve taken some measures to do just that. I want to be around for my family for years to come. And I want those years to be healthy, filled with vitality and energy and mobility. I’m learning that good health is not a given. I need to value it and sustain it.
- Why? Because my joints – specifically my elbows – have hurt significantly this summer. And after a lot of experimentation, I’ve discovered that the biggest culprits are stress and sugar intake. Sugar causes inflammation. So if I want my arms to feel good, I’ve got to cut sugar out. I’ve decided to allow myself one small sugar indulgence a week. At least that’s the plan for now. Honestly, since I determined that sugar is one of the main causes of my pain, that Why has been such a motivator that I really don’t want any sugar for now.
- Why? Because I want to be able to beat that nasty virus if I get it. I’m taking vitamins and supplements to help improve my immune system. But I know those can only do so much to help me stay well with the onset of flu, cold and virus season. Exercise, plenty of water, good sleep and, yes, keeping inflammation at bay also play a role.
So yeah, I guess looking good for these photos and feeling more comfortable in my jeans will motivate me a little. But really my fitness goals have taken a turn this past year. As I age and as we continue to battle these viruses, I’m more concerned about being healthy than I am about being skinny. And those Whys are pressing me to get serious about enlisting that accountability, having a plan and making the sacrifice.
So now that I know my Whys, I’m more prone to follow through with my accountability, my plan and my sacrifice. I’m recommitting to the FASTer Way to Fat Loss today. They’re kicking off a new round TODAY at FWTFL and I’m all in. I’ve worked this plan before and have had great results with it. In fact, as long as I’m working their plan I lose weight, feel better in my clothes, sleep better, have fewer aches and pains, consistently have more energy and stay well. That’s the honest truth. And it makes me wonder why I ever let myself go off the plan.
FASTer Way to Fat Loss provides me with the plan. It consists of:
- intermittent fasting (sooo good for managing glucose levels)
- carb balancing (just two days a week of low carbs)
- macro counting (it’s really not hard and it’s so effective for managing cholesterol and body fat)
- HIIT or high intensity interval training (just two days weekly of cardio)
- effective weight training (these workouts are all on the easy-to-navigate app)
FASTer Way to Fat Loss also supplies me with the accountability I need. This round, as a VIP member (that’s simply what they call those of us who have joined the monthly membership program after going through the initial round), I’m joining a small cohort for accountability. They’re linking me up with just two or three other women. I think that tight group of accountability is going to be the breakthrough I need.
And in case you wondered, yes, I am an influencer for FASTer Way to Fat Loss. So if you join the program with me, I do get a commission for sharing my experience with you and issuing you the invitation. But that doesn’t change the cost of the program for you at all. And what I really want you to know is that I pay for this program, too. I don’t get to do it for free. Like I said, I hate paying for a fitness program. But I know I need to if I’m going to stick with it.
The value per cost is huge with FWTFL. Their app is amazing and provides everything I need for meal plans, grocery lists, exercise workouts, motivation, education and more. And they’re actually coming out with a new app soon where we can log our macros right there instead of on a separate app. That will be another huge breakthrough for me I’m sure. So while I do pay just under $100 a month for FWTFL, the value I get for that sacrifice is substantial.
I’ve shared my fall fitness goals with you. Do you have any fitness goals for this fall? I’d love to hear from you today. And if you have any questions about my cute walking outfit (’cause cute activewear really motivates me, too!) or the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, please let me know.
Thanks for walking with me! Have a lovely day.
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As a Christian I have yet another motivation to do what it takes to keep my body healthy. The Bible reminds me that my body is an instrument for God’s purposes. He has purchased me through the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross. I belong to Him now. And the Holy Spirit inhabits me. My body is a temple.
This is a sobering thought to me. My body is not mine to abuse or misuse. My body belongs to God and how I care for it and use it reflects on Him. He calls me to glorify God in my body. To “glorify” means to give the world a correct estimate or picture of. So when I care for my body I have the opportunity to do more to show God’s grace and goodness to the world around me.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20