Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog! This week, rather than an opinion piece on keto, I want to share a life update with you guys. I know it’s been a little while since I did this, and I was in a totally different mind space the last time I shared this sort of thing. So, here we go!
I’ve been fortunate to not lose my job or take a pay cut (so far) because of coronavirus and I’m thankful for that every day. I spent a fair amount of time at the beginning of the year interested in starting a social media management agency, but I think I want to keep social media a fun space to be, rather than work. If you don’t know me, I got my undergraduate degree (mostly) in music. While the thought of having a music career seemed really inspiring in high school, the reality is, making music a career ruined its novelty for me. And for me, novelty = dopamine. I realized that I don’t want to ruin the fun things in life. So with that in mind, I decided to quit pursuing the social media management dream. I’m still keeping my eyes out for something else in the future. I’ll complete my masters in Spring/Summer 2022 and I’ve got my eyes on a couple of options after then.
I’ve let some of my other hobbies go, and I’d like to pick them back up. Gardening is one of those hobbies. Working on the house is another. While I love Netflix, I realize I’m spending too much time on it lately and I need to learn to set limits. If you’ve done that before, let me know in the comments! I have no clue where to start.
Other than that, things are mostly very good. I wish I could see friends more, but I know coronavirus complicates that, and I understand that the long-term goal is to keep loved ones safe from harm. So we’ve delayed many of our usual trips. Next year, we have plans to go to our postponed Hangout music festival and on a trip to Ireland (virus-allowing). Alex will be going to basic training in September, so I need to start learning how to handle all of our finances from multiple accounts and with multiple paychecks. Also, we’re doing early af Christmas shopping this year, so if you own a small business and want me to check it out, drop a link to it in the comments! We like to shop small when we can.
The big piece of this post is the fitness changes I’m working on. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve spent the majority of the Spring training for a half marathon. Well… I got a tattoo and realized I needed to take time off to let it heal, and then I just paused. I’ve been running without any sort of cross-training, and the majority of my body is honestly weaker than I want it to be. I’ve been wanting to go to the gym to lift weights again because the motivation has come flooding back to me. I believe you should never waste intrinsic motivation, so when the moment strikes, you should hit the ground running (or in this case, lifting).
My desires for lifting weight and working out are very practical. I don’t really care to have any particular physique from working out, I just want to be stronger than I am now. A couple of years ago, I applied to be a firefighter. I made it almost all the way through the CPAT before I timed out on the dummy drag. While I was in the best shape of my life back then, I still wasn’t very strong.
Here are some areas that have challenged me my entire life:
- I’ve never done a pull-up
- Push ups are very challenging for me
- I have almost no core strength
- Shoulder muscles?? What are those?
I feel much more open to challenging myself this go-round and way more motivated to make this a long-term commitment for my health, rather than for a short-term goal (weight loss, passing a test, etc). I’m starting a 12-week fitness challenge (link to it here) which combines cardio, bodyweight, and weighted exercises to strengthen many areas of the body.
Yes, I’m going to our gym. I don’t like to use workout videos or workout from home, so I don’t feel like investing in those things will greatly benefit me. Our gym has been very safe in cleanliness/social distancing (much safer than our local coffee shop or grocer) so I feel fine going there for now. I don’t use the restroom or the water fountains there and I don’t use the locker rooms or pools, either. Overall, it’s a good experience, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to go there.
I posted my “before” picture on Instagram, and I’m excited to be able to update it with an “after” pic when the 12 weeks have passed. I’ll also be keeping my eye on some other workouts from the same website so I have a plan for when this one wraps up. I want to make this a commitment to myself, similar to my 2019 Commitments (which have been much easier to stick to than an extreme goal).
While I’ve remained keto the past two years, I’ve been really lax with it this Spring. To be honest, a lot of that had to do with quarantine and the stress that’s related to COVID-19. Here and there, I’ve included a couple of off-plan meals and extra snacks, and it’s turned into a little extra weight. I’m not upset about the weight. I know some of it is the result of elevated cortisol, as my sleep has suffered more, too. I know that, with the reincorporation of healthy habits, the pounds will go away again. No need to stress about something that’s not an issue. 🙂 Some other crappy habits that have crept into my routine are way way way too much diet soda and a lax attitude about alcohol. I don’t drink often. Usually maybe once a month? I’ve had a lot more wine lately (every week) and I can tell it’s affected my sleep and water retention.
Anyways, I want to get back on the right track. I’ve been putting off better choices until September because, well, that’s when my wife leaves for basic training. I’ve been blaming my diet soda intake on the presence of it in the house. “Well, if it wasn’t there at all, it would be easier to quit,” is something I’ve said a few times. But the truth is, that’s not even the problem. I remain keto even though Alex has carbs in the house. The real problem is that I just don’t want to as much as I should. It’s the same about the extra carby/crappy foods. I can’t blame this stuff on someone else because my food choices are nobody’s but my own.
So I’m going to do better. This month, I’ve decided to cut out diet soda. And during the 12-week fitness challenge, I’m also going to avoid alcohol (except for during our one pre-planned vacation July 28-29). I want to do a better job of examining the foods I’m eating and choosing ones with good ingredients (sans fillers and added sugars/maltitol). Additionally, since my TDEE will be higher, I plan to eat at (at least) maintenance and up to +300 calories. I don’t know that I’ll track every day of this, but I’ll be sure to share as much of the process as I can on my Instagram (go follow me!).
Wrapping it up
So there’s my life update! Things haven’t been crazier than right now, but I’m working through it. The bad will get better and the good is where I plan to invest my time. If you’re new to my blog, I hope you decide to sign up for updates (in the pink header bar up above!). I promise I don’t usually treat it like a diary 🙂 If you’ve been here for a while, I appreciate you! Thanks for sticking with me. I can’t wait to see where this year takes us next.
Until next time,