I decided to start being healthy last Sunday and I wanted to just mark down some interesting thoughts I had so far. Basically I had this huge motivation last Saturday to get healthy and workout more. Part of it is that I’m tired of looking at my “one-pack” but another part is the fact that I think a more active life will help me be more productive from day to day!
Some quick thoughts that I’ve found during the first few days:
- Take it slowly! I’m starting slowly because I realized I cannot do a huge amount of exercise suddely without feeling extremely sore or sluggish the next day. Most likely this is due to my inactivity. Gradual increase to the new life will be more beneficial and I think there is added motivation once you’ve grown to be able to exercise fully and consistently.
- Controlling calorie intake is a lot harder than I thought. Seriously, a standard American meal is just sprawling with calories. I’m trying to stick to a 1600-1700 calorie diet per day as it’ll help me lose weight while gradually pushing up my exercise routine. This means that each meal should be no more than 600 calories each on average and well, some meals such as a Chipotle steak burrito is already around 1000 calories!
- Exercise does make me feel better! I’ve only done small increments of cardio and strength training and been sleeping roughly 7 hours a day as I’ve normally done and I feel a lot better than last week. I’m only in day 4 and already feel better! Maybe it just happens to be this week or that I am playing tennis again but either way it’s great!
- Exercise is boring except with others or in a sports activity! I love playing tennis and I push myself to try and get difficult shots and I think that I could play 2-4 hours a day if I wanted (don’t have the time but that would be so much better!)
These might already be obvious but I never thought of it as helpful motivation to live healthy and more actively. I will definitely continue this routine and continue to post more about it too!