Fit for Me Thursdays: My Fitness Journey So Far
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Hello, my friends!
I don’t know if you saw that Miss Angie and a few of her gal pals have started a new fitness link-up. It’s happening every other Thursday at Health NOT to Health NUT. I missed the first week, but I definitely want to join in. This week’s theme is My Fitness Journey so Far. So here are the details.
The Mister has been training jujitsu since 2001, and I supported his journey for years before making the decision to start training myself. I began training four years ago when I turned 30 and decided it was time to do it if I was ever going to start.
Since then, I’ve been slowly making my way through the ranks at our school, and I’m currently a brown belt. It was a goal of mine to test for my black belt at our annual fall clinic this year, but I am starting to think that my be a little ambitious; there’s still a lot to learn and do paperwork-wise.
I really want to get that promotion before my 35th birthday next year, so my martial arts training will certainly be center stage in my fitness journey. If you want to read more about my jujitsu journey, see my posts from previous promotions: Blue, Green, Brown
On my non-jujitsu days, I try to do something else and that usually involves a home workout from Blogilates. Cassey is the creator of the system and she creates Youtube workouts that a combination of pilates and yoga.
In June, she hosted an instagram challenge called #TheStretchProject, which the Mister and I succsessfuly completed. I started her July challenge #JourneytoSplits, but I stalled when the Mister went out of town.
I had full intentions of starting the #JourneytoSplits over this month since I stalled in July as well as joining this plank challenge, but I seem to have lost momentum. I’m sure that another mini challenge will be starting soon, and I intend to get back to business at that point.
Back when I was focused on getting in shape for our wedding, I did a pretty good job of working my way up to running a 5K and completed a few races, but things never went any further than that. And despite good intentions, I haven’t stuck with it when I’ve tried to ease back in.
I really want to change that; plus, it will be enormously healthy for the pup if I start running again because he’s got so much energy. I’m setting a goal to find a 5K to run in October and 10K to run in December or January. I think it would be a lot of fun to participate in a Turkey Trot this year as well.
I feel like the Mister and I eat pretty healthy, but a major goal lately has been eating at home more often. We always have a lot of veggies and fruit on hand since we work with Brown Box Veggies. The Mister and I have a garden/food blog called A Little Seed Grows, where I post our meal plan every week as well as share recipes.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my body image, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to lose about 15-20 pounds. I don’t really want to be smaller per se, but I want be firmer. All the jujitsu has meant I’m a lot stronger, and I’d like to see those muscles…especially in my stomach. I’d love to see abs again. The reality of this is that I workout enough; the change has to happen in my diet and lifestyle.
Also, I HAVE to do better with drinking my water and getting enough sleep. I wind up with headaches when I don’t stay hydrated. And let’s be real: since I’m in my thirties, these habits are the difference between being healthy or not in 20 years.
I do a lot of this tracking via my FitBit, so if you want to be friends, send me a request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell me about your fitness journey! Won’t you join the #FitforMeThursdays party?