Health Journal: JAN – JUL 2018

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This post is to fast-track my progress to the current day. I’m clumping in half of the year because there was little change to my self-prescribed regimen. There were a few noteworthy moments, but not enough to dedicate a blog for each month.

Note: I will also be releasing another post covering August & September shortly. At then end of October, I will dedicate a post detailing the month and follow that pattern for the foreseeable future. 

I gave myself a New Years’s Resolution to reach my goal weight of 185 lbs, and unlike every single previous resolution, I’ve done a pretty good job so far this year. The main factor in my progression has been relocating to another city.

263214_originalI was born and raised in Dallas, thinking I’d be there my whole life. However, after graduating college and starting a relationship with someone who’s lived all over the country, we felt that Dallas wasn’t our speed, Last February, we made the decision to pack and move….

 

 

to Fort Worth.12991_original

I know it doesn’t seem like a major step, but for those of us from the DFW area, Dallas and Fort Worth are on two different wavelengths. I know this wasn’t a big step, but it counts nonetheless because my girlfriend and I made it our goal to live here and we fulfilled that goal. That’s a win in my book.

The reason this move has make a huge impact on my eating and exercise habits is because of where we reside in Fort Worth. Back in Dallas, we kicked it in the ‘burbs, surrounded by chain restaurants, which were just far enough away that walking seemed out of the question, especially during Hell on Earth period (a.k.a. Texas summers). There was not much in the way of outdoor activities, just three community pools and a country club golf course.

Now, we live in downtown Fort Worth, which has amazing ‘walkability.’ Fort Worth is a smaller city. At a standard pace, I can walk from one end of downtown to the other in about 20 minutes. With numerous bars and restaurants downtown, we are much more inclined to walk, rather than pay downtown parking fees. I’m even able to walk to work. Another bonus is the trails by Lake Worth, only a 15 minute drive from my apartment. A short drive can change a backdrop of skyscrapers to a sea of trees.

Reaching my goals is much easier with someone who can hold me accountable. I reached the point where I’m able to stay motivated on my own, but it helps knowing someone else is making sure I stay at my best. Thank you, Julie!

CaloriesIn late January, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app and started counting calories, which I cannot endorse enough. It helps me watch what I eat and I’ve switched to smaller portions. I still ate at chain restaurants frequently, but I would order medium-sized meals instead of large. I removed soda from my food rotation, restricting myself to water or low-calorie juices. I also restricted my alcohol intake to two drinks maximum and only when I socialize.

On the fitness side, I was pretty inconsistent the first half of the year. I found an exercise routine that worked for me before we made the “big” move, but took a long hiatus after we settled. I exercised a couple times at our apartment’s fitness center, but did not go consistently until August.

Although I wasn’t following a schedule, these new tactics did help because I was able to drop 12 lbs from January to July, which was incredible, but it made me want to go further. That’s when I decided to buckle down and incorporate a stricter diet and workout routine, which I will cover in my next post.

The wheels started turning and there’s no stopping me now.

xx
Sam

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